Jonathan Franzen’s Still a Jerk…and Other Literary News

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Before I post my review of this month’s book club selection, I wanted to pass along some tidbits of news that I’ve bookmarked over the past weeks. There are a lot of interesting stories, so let’s hop right to it!

Movie Adaptations

  • After watching this trailer for “Victor Frankenstein,” I’m much less enthusiastic about the film. Looks like loads of special effects but very little substance. How unfortunate! Do yourself a favor and read Mary Shelley’s classic novel instead! (Source: ComingSoon.net)
  • Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to Dante’s Inferno, which will be written by Dwain Worrell as an epic love story through the nine circles of hell. I believe that there’s a tenth circle for horrible film adaptations (looking at you, “The Golden Compass!”), so fingers crossed this turns out well! (Source: Deadline)

Humorous Headlines

  • Was Shakespeare a gigantic stoner? Perhaps, says the South African researchers who found cannabis residue in 400-year-old tobacco pipes found in his Stratford-upon-Avon garden. (Source: The Conversation)
  • The hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter trended on Twitter, with many famous authors contributing to the dialogue. My favorite tweet? S.E. Hinton of The Outsiders‘ response: “I thought you were dead.” #LOL (Source: Huffington Post)
  • A German artist with the hardest Tumblr domain to pronounce is getting her 15 minutes with her amusing Harry Potter comics in which Dumbledore has the perfect IDGAF attitude. (Source: BuzzFeed)

Et Cetera

  • A new fantasy tale will be published by the Tolkien estate in October: The Story of Kullervo. Based on Finnish poetry, it was one of the oldest stories written by the author in his college years starting in 1914. Hopefully, I’ll finish Tolkien’s translation of Beowulf before this is released! (Source: io9)
  • Speaking of Tolkien, George R. R. Martin has revealed that he wants his Game of Thrones series to end much like The Lord of the Rings did, as a “bittersweet victory.” The only victory here is whether this ending ever gets completed. What’s the holdup, Martin? Less interviews, more writing! (Source: Observer)
  • Finally, I still hate Jonathan Franzen. The latest reason was his flippant desire to adopt an Iraqi war orphan so he can better empathize with children. This was my favorite response from Rembert Browne:

Hey, Franzen? How about you take your “get off my lawn” attitude and just evacuate the planet? Kthxbai! (Source: Jezebel)

Any other literary news I missed? Let me know in the comments!

My Most Anticipated Movie Adaptations of 2015

In my last blog, I shared the most anticipated books of 2015, and today I wanted to extend the discussion to film adaptations. There may be few original ideas in Hollywood, but as long as there are good books out there, we’ll always have good movies!

Here are the films that I cannot wait to blog about this year:

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1. “Victor Frankenstein,” release date October 2. Two of the UK’s biggest heartthrobs are set to star in this adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel. Directed by Paul McGuigan, James McAvoy plays Victor Von Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe plays his assistant Igor. This movie will act as a prequel from Igor’s perspective about how he met Frankenstein when he was just a medical student. I have to admit that I have not read this classic monster tale, but I’m intrigued by how these actors will bring this story to life!

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2. “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 2,” release date November 20. Finally, The Hunger Games saga comes to an end; it’s just too bad that I hated the ending. Despite that, I’ve been impressed so far by the films, and I look forward to seeing Panem’s rebellion on the Capitol. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth have done an excellent job playing Katniss, Peeta, and Gale respectively, and I’m sure fans around the world will be breaking box office records when this finale hits theaters.

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3. “Fifty Shades of Grey,” release date February 13. Okay, I’m not saying that this will be a good movie. But hear me out: since the book was so crappy, isn’t there no way to go but up? Even if Jamie Dornan looks more creepy than cool, and there were rumors of lackluster on-screen chemistry, I still can’t peel my eyes away from a train wreck waiting to happen. It won’t be nearly erotic enough for fans with its “R” rating, but at least we can look forward to Beyonce’s sexy rendition of “Crazy in Love!”

Well, that’s a diverse selection of movie adaptations! Which ones will you see or skip?