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The Book was Better (or was it): I Am Legend

I nearly chose I Am Legend for a Confession, but I’ve read it before – however little I remembered beyond the ending. Instead, I’m going to take another look at it side by side with the Will Smith adaptation (as a Bad SF Fan, I haven’t seen the Vincent Price and Charlton Heston versions). Which will be better?

The Book was Better (or was it): The Prestige

Book cover: The Prestige - Christopher Priest (a dapper man stares at his reflection - unlike him it is wearing a top hat. Nice trick eh)

I realised with glee after my fun revisiting Jurassic Park that I have lots of overlap between my bookshelves and my DVD rack. You know what this means… This month, I’m revisiting an epic tale of feuding Victorian illusionists – but which Christopher did it better? Almost spoiler-free.

Priest vs Nolan

November Redux: SciFi Month round-up

It’s been another glorious SciFi Month – always a great way to brighten up November as the nights draw in and the clocks go back. Cold weather and wet days make good reading days, and with the state of the world knocking my concentration and peace of mind for six, it’s been wonderful to contrast it with some great stories, some geeky discussions and our very first guest post from Lesley Conner and the Apex slush team!

SUCH VERY GOOD BOOKS

The Book Was Better (or was it?)

I learnt young to mistrust the excitement of hearing that a beloved book is being turned into a movie (thanks for nothing, Disney). It’s a sentiment shared by many bookworms after the latest Hollywood attempt to boil a favourite down to 90 minutes of entertainment: the book was better. But is this always true? For SciFi Month, I revisited Jurassic Park to see how it held up.

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SciFi Month Movie Special: Arrival

Movie poster: Arrival (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forrest Whitaker)I always intended to occasionally blog about movies in between the books, but my cinema-going has taken a battering from insane London ticket prices and an avalanche of lazy and uninspiring Hollywood movie (re-)making. But Arrival tempted me to invest my pennies on a rainy day to celebrate cerebral scifi for SciFi Month.

Plot details; minor spoilers

Top Ten Tuesday: scifi movies

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. We usually talk about a bookish topic, but this week we’re talking movies – so in honour of SciFi Month, I’m going to look at my favourite SF flicks. This may be the hardest Top Ten I’ve ever written.

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Top Ten Tuesday: scares and spooks

Top Ten Tuesday bannerTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, in which we all talk about a bookish topic and have fun making lists. This week we’re getting in the mood for Hallowe’en.

BOO!

March into Middle-Earth: Focus on the Fellowship

One of the many great joys of re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring is re-setting my memories from the films to the original text. Don’t get me wrong – I love the film (and Fellowship is by far my favourite), but there’s an awful lot of re-interpretation of character for cinematic purposes. Today I shall flail happily about spending time with some old friends.

On screen vs on page

Comparative lit: Shakespearean Star Wars

Book Cover: Shakespeare's Star WarsIn a galaxy far, far away, a young director created an epic that dominated the imaginations of generations. But what if Star Wars were based on earlier literary traditions? This week, I’m taking a look at William Shakespeare’s Star Wars.
Verily, A New Hope

Comparative lit: Star Wars as Irish epic

Eogan Aenfer. Or Jeanne Rynhart's Cuchulainn.In a galaxy far, far away, a young director created an epic that dominated the imaginations of generations. But what if Star Wars were based on earlier literary traditions? This week, I’m taking a look at the Tattoine Cycle: A New Hope re-imagined as an Irish epic.

As ever, the real question: will Han shoot first?

Comparative lit: Star Wars as Norse saga

Obivan. Oh, okay. Statue of Leif Eriksson, ReykjavikIn a galaxy far, far away, a young director created an epic that dominated the imaginations of generations. But what if Star Wars were based on earlier literary traditions? This week, I’m taking a look at the Tattúínárdøla saga: all six Lucas films as Old Norse saga.

Blood, runes and honour

Film favourites for 2015

I’m not quite ready to call my top ten reads of 2015 – not least because I can squeeze in at least one more after The Dark is Rising, and the candidates to pick up feature prominently on other Top Tens for 2015. So, you know, opportunity for a late entrance. Now I’ve seen Stars Wars, I am ready to call my top 10 films of 2015.

This turned out to be harder than I expected…

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