This post was originally published on BookRiot, because I'm a contributor now. I'm cool like that. For almost as long as film has been around as an art form, books have been adapted for film. In fact, the earliest known motion picture based on a literary source was filmed in 1896. (It’s a 45-second scene … Continue reading What Do We Want in a Literary Adaptation?
The first trailer for the upcoming Emma adaptation dropped today, and I have thoughts! If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here: So right off the bat, spot-on casting of Miss Bates. Miranda Hart, 100%, absolutely, done and done. I also love the casting of Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse. I do wonder if he's … Continue reading Let’s Dissect the New “Emma” Trailer!
If you know me well, you know that Autumn is my favorite time of year. Come mid September, I am trash for all things pumpkin spice, my boot collection makes its way out of my closet, and I find myself wanting to get cozy at home with a cup of cocoa and a spooky read, … Continue reading Spooky Adaptations to Watch this Autumn
The trailer for the upcoming Little Women adaptation, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, was just released this week. I feel like I've been hearing news about this movie for about a year at this point, and very little that I've heard has inspired any excitement. Maybe it's too early to judge, as … Continue reading I Am Not On Board With Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women”
Since Game of Thrones just ended, and I've been working from home for a week due to some office renovations, I thought it was the perfect time to sign up for a 7-day free trial of the HBO Amazon Prime Channel and binge the entire series (while working, of course!). Game of Thrones has reached … Continue reading My Seven Top Five Thoughts After Watching All of “Game of Thrones” in One Week
I am a hypocrite. Not really, but I needed a good hook for this post. If I had written this maybe three years ago I would have been a hypocrite, though, so we'll go with it. Here's why. I used to fancy myself a book snob. I always adamantly claimed that any book was inherently … Continue reading On Watching the Movie When You Haven’t Read the Book
Every reader knows there can be certain things about reading, books, and the bookish life that just rub you the wrong way, whether it's a quirk of an author's writing style or over-used story trope, or a marketing tactic or business practice of book publishers, or the practical traits of books as physical objects, or … Continue reading Weird Bookish Pet Peeves
The season one finale of FOX's adaptation of Justin Cronin's The Passage aired this past week, and I couldn't be happier about where they left it. I also just signed up for a seven-day free trial of the Sundance Now app so I could binge the whole first season of their recent adaptation of Deborah Harkness' A … Continue reading Book Hangovers and Binge-Watching: “The Passage” and “A Discovery of Witches” on Page and Screen (and Why “Station Eleven” Would Make a Great TV Series)
So I'm watching the Oscars, and there are a lot of actors there, and there have been several moments when I've looked up and said, "Hey, [insert actor name], they would make a great [insert classic literary character]!" So these are a few of my favorite classics that I think could use a new film … Continue reading Dreamcasting Some of My Favorite Classics
Is there really anything left to be said about the work of Shakespeare? We can’t seem to get enough of this guy, and all the stuff he wrote. He basically is English literature. While the academic study and theatrical staging of Shakespeare both require close reading of the texts, I (and every English teacher and … Continue reading My Seven Top Five Favorite Modern Day Adaptations of Shakespeare Plays