50 episodes

Is the book always better? Are they better off as Movies?? Finally, an answer. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Comic Red Scott talk media that moves from one form to another. Whether it's Stephen King books becoming Steven Spielberg movies, Fairy Tales loosely inspiring animated Disney musicals, or People transmuting into Wolves, this is the podcast with the conviction and insight to determine a story's correct form.

Failure to Adapt Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Red Scott

    • TV & Film
    • 4.9 • 102 Ratings

Is the book always better? Are they better off as Movies?? Finally, an answer. Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Comic Red Scott talk media that moves from one form to another. Whether it's Stephen King books becoming Steven Spielberg movies, Fairy Tales loosely inspiring animated Disney musicals, or People transmuting into Wolves, this is the podcast with the conviction and insight to determine a story's correct form.

    Sarah Gailey, Fifty Shades Darker

    Sarah Gailey, Fifty Shades Darker

    Nothing could keep FTA favorite and Hugo Award Winning Author Sarah Gailey* away from their Christian Grey. Sarah pilots Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall away in their helicopter to talk E.L. James’ 2012 novel Fifty Shades Darker and the 2017 film of the same name Directed by James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross).
    * Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award Winning and Bestselling author of speculative fiction, short stories, and essays. Their nonfiction has been published by dozens of venues internationally. Their fiction has been published in over seven different languages. Their most recent novel, Just Like Home, and most recent original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Know Your Station are available now.
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Christina Lauren, Blue Crush

    Christina Lauren, Blue Crush

    Christina Hobbs! Lauren Billings!! The writing juggernaut known as Christina Lauren* joins Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall in Hawaii to discuss the 1998 Outside Magazine article Life’s Swell by Susan Orlean and its adaptation into the 2002 classic, Blue Crush.
    *Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of long-time writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. The #1 international bestselling coauthor duo writes both Young Adult and Adult Fiction, and together has produced nineteen New York Times bestselling novels. Their third YA novel, Autoboyography was released in 2017 to critical acclaim, followed by Roomies, Love and Other Words, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, The Unhoneymooners, In a Holidaze, and The Soulmate Equation and Something Wilder.
    You can read Life’s Swell, by Susan Orlean, here.
    Order Maggie’s newest book, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy
    If you like us, you’ll also enjoy:
    Following the pod on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/failuretoadaptpodcast/ Following the pod on X: https://x.com/FailureAdapt Supporting Failure to Adapt on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FailureToAdaptPodcast

    • 47 min
    The Fast and the Furious

    The Fast and the Furious

    How do you perfect the premise of NYC street racers who are all in it together? You add Ja Rule and the world’s least charismatic white cop. Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall slide into a black Honda S2000 to talk Kenneth Li’s 1998 Vibe Article, Racer X, and the 2001 Rob Cohen film, The Fast and the Furious.
    You can read Racer X, by Kenneth Li, here.
    Order Maggie’s newest book, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy
    If you like us, you’ll also enjoy:
    Following the pod on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/failuretoadaptpodcast/ Following the pod on X: https://x.com/FailureAdapt Supporting Failure to Adapt on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FailureToAdaptPodcast

    • 58 min
    Colin Winnette, Adaptation

    Colin Winnette, Adaptation

    Colin Winnette* joins Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall to talk about the Susan Orlean article, Orchid Fever, and the 2002 Spike Jonze film Adaptation. written by Charlie & Donald Kaufman.
    * Colin Winnette is the author of Haints Stay and The Job of the Wasp. His new novel Users is one of the New Yorker's "Best Books of 2023" and was called "a timeless and moving story about fatherhood and one man's yearning for a more meaningful life” by the NY Times. His writing has appeared in McSweeney's, Playboy, and BOMB magazine as well as numerous others.
    Order Maggie’s newest book, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy
    If you like us, you’ll also enjoy:
    Following the pod on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/failuretoadaptpodcast/ Following the pod on X: https://x.com/FailureAdapt Supporting Failure to Adapt on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FailureToAdaptPodcast

    • 48 min
    Natasha Muse, Hustlers

    Natasha Muse, Hustlers

    After the 2008 financial collapse a lot of people said something had to be done about Wall Street, but some of the women at Scores were the only ones with enough guts to take action. Stand-Up Comic and Writer Natasha Muse joins Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall to talk the Jessica Pressler article, The Hustlers at Scores, and 2019’s Hustlers Directed by Lorene Scafaria.
    You can read the 2015 Jessica Pressler article, The Hustlers at Scores, here.
    Natasha Muse is a Stand Up Comic and Writer who’s appeared on Two Dope Queens, and was named both a “Comedian to Watch” and an “Artist to Watch” by SF Weekly.
    Order Maggie’s newest book, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy
    If you like us, you’ll also enjoy:
    Following the pod on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/failuretoadaptpodcast/ Following the pod on X: https://x.com/FailureAdapt Supporting Failure to Adapt on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FailureToAdaptPodcast

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    Is there an interview subject so humble even God can’t get them to talk about themself? Mister Rodgers is as close as it gets, and yet Tom Junod’s 1998 profile is a masterclass turned into an equally ambitious film. Red Scott and Maggie Tokuda-Hall are back to talk the Tom Junod Esquire profile, Can You Say...“Hero”?, and 2019’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Directed by Marielle Heller.
    You can read the 1998 Tom Junod profile of Mister Rodgers, Can You Say.. “Hero”?, here.
    Order Maggie’s newest book, The Siren, the Song, and the Spy
    If you like us, you’ll also enjoy:
    Following the pod on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/failuretoadaptpodcast/ Following the pod on X: https://x.com/FailureAdapt Supporting Failure to Adapt on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/FailureToAdaptPodcast

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
102 Ratings

102 Ratings

SteepBrook ,

Great podcast

These guys are great - a comedian and an author - both of which I’ve listened to on their other podcasts (boars/roof-tenting). What a great combo. Just recently I’ve gone back to listen to their ‘takes’ on Jurassic Park and Twilight as I’ve gotten to those books, very cool. Keep up the good work!!!

Skummyone ,

Always a pleasure to listen.

Maggie, please do a karaoke cover of “Teenage Dirtbag” called “Female Dirtbag” with lyrics about Michelle Rodriguez. We all want it!

just.kate ,

Likeable and witty hosts

It’s always a good day when I see a new episode of Failure to Adapt is available. The hosts are smart and funny and I just always enjoy listening to their discussions. They are great on their own, but when they decide to bring in a guest you can trust it will be someone who adds something special to the mix. I don’t have any petty differences with this podcast, don’t change a thing!

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