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A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

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A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

    78. AMERICAN FICTION

    78. AMERICAN FICTION

    The guys discuss the film AMERICAN FICTION, the Cord Jefferson adaptation from the Percival Everett novel ERASURE.

    AMERICAN FICTION, follows Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, a frustrated novelist of general fiction, who decides to write a “Black” book full of tired and offensive tropes to profit off the publishing industry’s possibly misguided demand for those stories. He uses a pen name to write an outlandish Black book of his own, which rockets up the bestseller list and into the madness of the book publishing world. At the same time, there is also a gripping family drama threatening to overwhelm the Ellison household.


    The film adaptation stars Jeffrey Wright, Trace Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Sterling K. Brown, John Ortiz, Adam Brody, and Keith David. The film was released on December 15, 2023 and was written and directed by Cord Jefferson in his debut film.


    Topics of discussion include the origin of Monk’s pseudonym Stagg R. Leigh, the experimental structure of the novel with its embedded narratives, the unfortunate news of BARBIE getting moved into the Best Adapted Screenplay category for the Academy Awards, and whether or not Brad Pitt liked Adam Brody’s 2003 film, GRIND.


    Listen to the episode to find out how the series stacks up to the book.


    (0:00) From the book…
    (0:55) Fast facts, recap, trivia…
    (12:45) A word from our sponsor…
    (13:30) Studio pitch & novel breakdown…
    (32:36) Trailer
    (35:09) Learn you something, differences from the book…


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the Matin Amis novel, THE ZONE OF INTEREST, which was directed by Jonathan Glazer and stars Christian Friedl and Sandra Hüller. The film’s wide release is set for January 19, 2024.


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    • 1 hr 44 min
    77. 2023: An Adapted Year In Review

    77. 2023: An Adapted Year In Review

    In an adapted recap of 2023, the guys discuss their favorites from the past year of cinema, literature, and (self-indulgently) themselves.


    Top 3 films we saw this past year (that were also released in 2023)
    Top 3 books we read this past year (can be released before 2023)
    And our favorite Lit to Lens episode from this past year


    Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a big 2024, and we hope you are too!


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the Percival Everett novel, ERASURE, which has been adapted for the screen as AMERICAN FICTION and directed by Cord Jefferson and stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown. The film is not in theaters.


    If you would like to get in contact with us about anything regarding the show, feel free to shoot us an e-mail: littolens@gmail.com


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    • 48 min
    76. POOR THINGS

    76. POOR THINGS

    The guys discuss the film adaptation of POOR THINGS, the Yorgos Lanthimos adaptation from the Alasdair Gray novel of the same name.

    The book follows the account of Archie McCandless, a Scottish public health officer, who falls in love with a strange woman named Bella Baxter, created by his medical friend Godwin Baxter by implanting her unborn child's brain into her lifeless body. Bella is animated by a desire to see and experience the world, and all of the book is related second hand whether through letters to Archie which are printed in his narrative, Bella’s own postscript to whoever is reading this decades later, and the author’s own notes on both narratives.


    The film adaptation stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo, Willem Dafoe, Ray Youssef, Christopher Abbott, Jerrod Carmichael and Margaret Qualley. The film was released on December 15, 2023 and was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, with the screenplay written by Tony McNamara.


    Topics of discussion include the shift away from the book’s story within a story structure, the focusing on Bella Baxter, the Greek Weird Wave, some films that were inspirations for the crew, and whether or not the guys can pull off a Scottish accent.


    Listen to the episode to find out how the series stacks up to the book.


    (0:00) From the book…
    (1:31) Fast facts, recap, trivia…
    (16:36) A word from our sponsor…
    (17:14) Studio pitch & novel breakdown…
    (36:06) Trailer
    (36:28) Learn you something, differences from the book…


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the Perceival Everett novel, ERASURE, which has been adapted for the screen as AMERICAN FICTION and directed by Cord Jefferson and stars Jeffrey Wright, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, and Sterling K. Brown. The film’s release date is set for December 15, 2023.


    If you would like to get in contact with us about anything regarding the show, feel free to shoot us an e-mail: littolens@gmail.com


    Or reach out on social media:
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    75. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

    75. KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON

    The guys discuss the film adaptation of KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, the Martin Scorsese adaptation from the bestselling David Grann nonfiction novel of the same name.

    It tells the story of the investigation of a series of murders that took place in the early 1920s in Osage County, Oklahoma. After big oil deposits were found under their land, the Osage people were awarded headrights to the profits made from the oil deposits, but a complex plot is hatched by a number of white locals to kill the Osage inheritors and receive the headrights themselves.


    The film adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro and Lily Gladstone. The film was released on October 20, 2023 and was directed by Martin Scorsese, with the screenplay written by Eric Roth and Martin Scorsese.


    Topics of discussion include the shift in story framing, the Tom White backstory that didn’t make it to the screen, the different types of full moons, and whether or not intermissions should be allowed in movie theaters.


    Listen to the episode to find out how the series stacks up to the book.


    (0:00) From the book…
    (1:05) Fast facts, recap, trivia…
    (16:51) A word from our sponsor…
    (17:28) Studio pitch & novel breakdown…
    (35:41) Trailer
    (38:04) Learn you something, differences from the book…


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the Alasdair Gray novel, POOR THINGS, which is directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and stars Emma Stone, Mark Ruffalo and Willem Dafoe. The film’s release date is set for December 8, 2023.


    If you would like to get in contact with us about anything regarding the show, feel free to shoot us an e-mail: littolens@gmail.com


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    • 1 hr 58 min
    74. FOE

    74. FOE

    The guys discuss the film adaptation of FOE, the story of Junior and Henrietta, a married couple living on a remote farm in the near future. One day, a mysterious man named Terrence arrives. Terrence works for an aerospace corporation called OuterMore and tells Junior he’s been selected to travel to the Installation, a large space station that orbits around earth, to test its livability for human life. What follows is the domestic fallout from this visit, as Henrietta and Junior both come to terms with the opportunity and the replacement Junior the corporation plans to have live with Henrietta while he’s gone. Themes of isolation, identity, and AI feature prominently.


    The film adaptation stars Satires Ronan, Paul Mescal and Aaron Pierre. The film was released on October 6, 2023 and was directed by Garth Davis, with the screenplay written by Garth Davis and Iain Reid (also the author of the novel).


    Topics of discussion include the importance of a plot twist, the symbology of a horned beetle, the different types of unreliable narrators in literature, and whether or not you could live with another AI version of yourself.


    Listen to the episode to find out how the series stacks up to the book.


    (0:00) From the book…
    (1:21) Fast facts, recap, trivia…
    (12:13) A word from our sponsor…
    (13:01) Studio pitch & novel breakdown…
    (37:19) Trailer
    (39:24) Learn you something, differences from the book…


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the David Grann’s NYT best-selling nonfiction novel, KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, and Jesse Plemons. The film’s release date is set for October 20, 2023.


    If you would like to get in contact with us about anything regarding the show, feel free to shoot us an e-mail: littolens@gmail.com


    Or reach out on social media:
    twitter.com/littolens
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    • 1 hr 41 min
    73. THE LONG GOODBYE

    73. THE LONG GOODBYE

    The guys discuss the film adaptation of THE LONG GOODBYE, a classic hard-boiled detective fiction novel written by Raymond Chandler, that tells the story of Philip Marlowe, a private detective living in Los Angeles, who is pulled into a mystery when both his friend Terry Lennox, and his wife, turn up dead, the latter by murder and the former by suicide. Or were they? While Marlowe investigates the deaths, he’s pulled deeper into the lives of the Lennox’s neighbors, the famous author Roger Wade and his wife, and the police.


    The film adaptation stars Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, and a brief appearance from a young Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film was released in 1973 and was directed by Robert Altman, with the screenplay written by Leigh Brackett.


    Topics of discussion include the modernizing of the film’s setting, the dynamic performances of Gould and Sterling, the complex plot of the book that is stripped down in the film, and the unlikely talent of striking a match.


    Listen to the episode to find out how the series stacks up to the book.


    (0:00) From the book…
    (1:30) Fast facts, recap, trivia…
    (10:49) A word from our sponsor…
    (11:14) Studio pitch & novel breakdown…
    (28:47) “Take off your clothes…”
    (30:54) Learn you something, differences from the book…


    Our next episode will be on the adaptation of the Iain Reid novel, FOE, our first episode of this year’s upcoming season on 2023 Oscar Bait. The film is directed by Garth Davis ("Lion") and stars Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal. The film’s release date is set for October 6, 2023.


    The episode following FOE will be on the film adaptation of David Grann’s NYT bestselling nonfiction book, THE KILLERS OF THE FLOWER MOON, which is directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Lily Gladstone, Brendan Fraser, and Jesse Plemons. The film’s release date is set for October 20, 2023.


    If you would like to get in contact with us about anything regarding the show, feel free to shoot us an e-mail: littolens@gmail.com


    Or reach out on social media:
    twitter.com/littolens
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    • 1 hr 31 min

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