Despite the divisions of culture and time, there are clear parallels between Priestley and Joon-ho that are deeper than their socialist agenda. Both stories suggest that whereas the poor seek to make money, the rich seek to take it.
From H.G Wells to Stephen King - more overlooked texts that should be adapted for film and TV.
1.‘Herland’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman For those interested in 19th century feminist literature, Gilmer is better known for her novella ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. ‘Herland’ is a science-fiction novel about a society exclusively led by women. Three men arrive in this female civilisation and the social dynamics change. Gilmore ends the novel on a cliff-hanger when … Continue reading Five Books that Should be Adapted for Film and TV
Where did the Ukuk-Hai learn the word 'menu' and why does Treebeard only think orcs are 'mischievous'?
Shakespeare's story arcs are timeless. For more information on how 'Star Wars' films 1-6 trace the plot of 'Julius Caesar' (but with more spaceships and midichlorians than the bard perhaps envisaged), read this post. I won't be revisiting it on this occasion. Here are three additional times, complete with a quotation from the bard, that … Continue reading Three Shakespearean Story Arcs Present in ‘Star wars’
'The Last Unicorn' by Peter S. Beagle There is a reason that this is top of the list. This singularly solemn yet beautiful film came out in 1982. It stole my heart and never gave it back. Mia Farrow’s aching audio and Christopher Lee’s contemptuous King cemented the film as one of the most powerful … Continue reading Five Iconic Fantasy Films That are Based on Books
*Contains spoilers about sand* The Star Wars prequels continue to divide audiences over two decades since ‘The Phantom Menace’ was released. They have been lambasted for a number of reasons, which include the quality of the script and acting. But what if their weakness is also their strength? Perhaps controversially, I thought that there was … Continue reading ‘Attack of the Clones’: Why I Love its Awful Script
It’s lockdown, and I’ve taken the opportunity to revisit ‘Star Wars’* with a literary hat on. Warning: contains intergalactic and Shakespearean spoilers. A long time ago, Shakespeare wrote his Elizabethan tragedy ‘Julius Caesar’. In the not so distant past, George Lucas wrote and directed the epic ‘Star Wars’ series of films. Although they are separated by … Continue reading Why ‘Star Wars’ is a Modern ‘Julius Caesar’