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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered if the book was better? Me either. I just automatically assume that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and kind of think that the rise of movies signals the end of civilization. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. And the truth is, the book isn't always better. It's possible to make great movies out of less-great books. And I'm excited to start talking about some of my favorite books and movies and what happens when you go from one form to the other. I'm keeping an open mind, but I have to be honest. I liked the book better.

I Liked the Book Better Lise Quintana

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Have you ever watched a movie and wondered if the book was better? Me either. I just automatically assume that the book is ALWAYS better than the movie and kind of think that the rise of movies signals the end of civilization. Okay, maybe that's a little harsh. And the truth is, the book isn't always better. It's possible to make great movies out of less-great books. And I'm excited to start talking about some of my favorite books and movies and what happens when you go from one form to the other. I'm keeping an open mind, but I have to be honest. I liked the book better.

    The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House

    Today, Lise and Kevin gush about the Shirley Jackson classic The Haunting of Hill House, published in 1959 and made into the 1963 film The Haunting, written by Nelson Gidding and directed by Robert Wise.







    Here is the YouTube video of David Warner reading the first chapter of the book.







    Here is the Esquire article about the Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. For those who’re interested, I finally watched the end of the series, and I just found it…confusing.







    Lastly, here is a hilarious video parodying the overwrought style of 1960s horror films.

    • 39 min
    A Man Called Ove

    A Man Called Ove

    Lise and Kevin cover the Swedish novel A Man Called Ove, published in 2012 by Fredrik Backman (translated into English in 2013), and made into a film in 2016 written and directed by Hannes Holm.







    And here’s a correction and link: Lise talks about a short story by Jhumpa Lahiri. The actual title of the story is “The Third and Final Continent,” and it’s available in her short story collection Interpreter of Maladies.

    • 28 min
    House of Sand and Fog

    House of Sand and Fog

    Lise and Kolleen take a look at House of Sand and Fog, a novel published in 1999 by Andre Dubus III and made into the 2003 film directed by Vadim Perelman and written by Vadim Perelman and Shawn Lawrence Otto.

    • 45 min
    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Lise and Kevin talk about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the YA book written by Stephen Chbosky and published in 1991, made into the 2012 film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky.







    For those of you who might have missed it, here is Bambi Meets Godzilla, a forerunner of the “author as screenwriter and director” genre.

    • 31 min
    Out of the Past

    Out of the Past

    Lise and Kevin go over Kevin’s all-time favorite noir movie – 1947’s Out of the Past, directed by Jacques Tourneur, based on the 1946 book Build My Gallows High by Daniel Mainwaring (writing as Geoffrey Homes), who also wrote the screenplay.

    • 28 min
    The Dead Zone

    The Dead Zone

    Lise and Kevin cover The Dead Zone, written by Stephen King and published in 1979, made into the 1983 film written by Jeffrey Boam and directed by David Cronenberg.

    • 34 min

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