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Sat, March 31st, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Hunger Games
Posted by: David Pitt

The Hunger Games, in cinemas now, is based—you probably know this, but just in case—on the 2008 novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. The story’s about a teenaged girl, Katniss Everdeen, who competes in a to-the-death contest against other teens in a widely popular reality show. It’s an intriguing story with a premise […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Some of the Hunger Is Missing from “The Hunger Games”
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Warning: Here be spoilers of book and film. Turn back lest ye be spoiled. Seriously. I mean it. I saw the Hunger Games. I didn’t see it twice in the same weekend like I did with Star Trek, because, alas, I’m not quite the nerd I used to be. However, I did take a road […]


Mon, March 5th, 2012
Godfather Sequels & Prequels (And I Starred in One of Them!)
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

There’s a lot of hubbub around Ed Falco’s new prequel to The Godfather, called The Family Corleone. Seems like Paramount, who was not a fan of the two post-Puzo sequels written by Mark Winegardner, wants to “protect the integrity and reputation of The Godfather trilogy” by preventing the publication of Falco’s book. Too bad, I […]


Thu, March 1st, 2012
Book Trailer Thursday: Frankenweenie
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Even master of imagination Tim Burton draws inspiration from the most classic of classics, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Remaking a short film he created almost 30 years ago, Burton’s feature-length, stop motion-animated Frankenweenie will hit theaters in the spooky season of Fall 2012. This time Frankenstein is a kid named Victor whose “monster” is his beloved […]


Wed, February 29th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Adjustment Bureau
Posted by: David Pitt

Have you seen The Adjustment Bureau, the recent movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1954 short story “Adjustment Team”? It’s a good movie, with a mind-bending premise and a rather touching love story, but oh boy is it different from its source material. In the movie, a politician (Matt Damon) stumbles onto a secret organization […]


Mon, February 27th, 2012
Closing the Book on 2012 Oscar Winners
Posted by: Keir Graff

When the 2012 Oscar nominations were announced, many people noted how many of the nominess had been inspired by books and short stories—surely a feel-good testament to the power of the printed page. But the winners tell a different story: not even the magic of Harry Potter could keep the literary A-list from being largely shut out. […]


Wed, February 22nd, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Woman in Black
Posted by: David Pitt

The Woman in Black, the new movie starring Daniel Radcliffe as a young British solicitor who comes to a small market town to tidy up the affairs of a deceased client and gets a bit more excitement than he bargained for, is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. If […]


Mon, February 6th, 2012
Reading the Screen: The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Posted by: David Pitt

In case you haven’t heard, Aardman Animation, those wonderful folks who brought us Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, are doing a stop-motion version of Gideon Defoe’s splendidly wacky 2004 comic adventure, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. The movie is scheduled for release in March, and I think, if you’re a fan of […]


Tue, January 24th, 2012
2012 Oscar Nominations and Their Literary Antecedents
Posted by: Keir Graff

This isn’t the first blog post to note the many literary antecedents of this morning’s Oscar nominations, but it may be the most comprehensive. I’ve linked the movie titles to the Booklist reviews (when available) of the books and stories that inspired them. Read on, and let me know if you see anything I’ve missed. […]


Sun, December 25th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Christmas Carol
Posted by: David Pitt

I finally watched 2009′s A Christmas Carol, written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, with Jim Carrey as a motion-captured Scrooge. I was seriously impressed. Despite what some critics have said, I think the film’s visual style perfectly suits the material. Charles Dickens’ 1843 story is a fantasy about ghosts, time travel, and Christmas. It can […]





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