More often than not, you hear of authors who have gone to see the film version of one of their precious novels only to be drastically disappointed by a shoddy adaptation. When someone has put so much heart into a piece of work, it isnâ€™t hard to understand. However, there have been a few writers who have raved about the cinematic interpretations inspired by their books.
- P.D. James, author of Children of Men. This film was seen as quite different from the novel Read the rest of this entry »
Life in rural Alabama in the 1930â€™s was simple, or so it seemed. The fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama was a sleepy settlement where racism and prejudice were accepted as the norms of society. Everyone knew everyone elseâ€™s business in Maycomb, and no one hesitated to share the juicy details of each otherâ€™s lives with friends and neighbors.
When Tom Robinson, a black man in the community, is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a poor white girl, the town is forced to think about the racial injustices that abound in their minds and Read the rest of this entry »
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic remake of a film named Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, first released in 1971. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an updated version of the film released in 2005 starring Johnny Depp. The story focuses on a candy factory which is hosting a contest involving chocolate bars containing “golden tickets”. Finders of the golden tickets placed inside of a small amount of chocolate bars are invited on a tour of the chocolate factory only to find themselves in a world of chocolate, odd characters, and unpredictable Read the rest of this entry »
At first glance, a futuristic story of a great city split between the pampered rich and the struggling poor ruled over by a ruthless businessman might seem like the story of modern day Manhattan. Instead, this is the plot of Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece “Metropolis,” whose cold and shadowy art deco style has influenced science fiction from “Brave New World” to “Twilight Zone” to “Blade Runner.” In this silent film, the imagery tells the story of Freder (Gustav Froehlich), the son of the dictator Joh Fredersen (Alfred Read the rest of this entry »
There are so many reasons that we have to simply love Scarlett O’Hara. She was a very determined woman. No matter what the situation was, Scarlett always rose to the situation and handled it. She was inventive and when she needed a dress to impress the man of her dreams she simply tore down the curtain and threw something together. Her desire for love sometimes overpowered common sense, however she was passionate and that is to be admired. Another reason that she is to be loved is that Read the rest of this entry »
Long before Stephanie Meyers made them glam, vampires had been present in young adult fiction. Both Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine, the two biggest names in twentieth century YA fiction, had used variations on the undead beast in coming of age tales of terror. Lesser known books, such as Carl Laymon’s “Nightmare Lake,” had found scary and innovative uses for vampires. Then came “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.” Suddenly, vampires became cool. Young adult fiction discovered new love for the undead. The public ate up any vamp fiction Read the rest of this entry »
You may have been reading on your Satellite Star Internet that there are tons of movie sequels out this summer but did you realize how many movies adapted from books there are out currently? Here are a few of our must-see out and upcoming films adapted from books…
Harry Potter: The final installment of the series closes many a chapter written by the infamous J.K. Rowling. Potter fans can expect lots of action and a nice, clean Read the rest of this entry »
James Bond is a culturally significant personality in modern media. He was created by Ian Fleming in 1953. Fleming took aspects of Bond from himself, personalities surrounding himself, and his own experiences. Bond passed from paper to onscreen with minor changes.
It may be hard to spot the differences between onscreen and paper as Fleming took aspects of Bond’s actors, such as Sean Connery’s Scottish traits, and worked those into his character’s background and personality as he continued his writing of Bond stories. As time passed and different actors filled the roles as well as Read the rest of this entry »
Dr. Seuss is a staple in the world of children’s authors. Depictions of his books have been around for ages and ages. In the past, his stories were simplistically portrayed through simple cartoons. It was like a direct copy of the book transferred to the screen. Now, we see his books played by real actors out on the big screen. Seeing his stories being brought to life is interesting. In regards to Cat in the Hat, the viewer is thrown into a world of weirdness and Read the rest of this entry »
When Bram Stoker penned his story in 1897 it is unlikely that he realized the far reaching influence it would have. He was writing a scary story with romance and action that would entertain his friends and bring him some cash to live on, not creating a subculture such as has happened from his efforts. Movies about vampires have ranged from the ridiculous to the sublime with stops all through this huge arc of storylines. The scary and unattractive nosferatu of the Read the rest of this entry »