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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.

    48. Dune

    48. Dune

    In Episode 1 of Season 10: Oscar Bait, the guys discuss the adaptation of ‘Dune’.

    The novel was written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for that year, and becoming a timeless classic of the Science Fiction genre.

    The novel has had the stigma of being “unadaptable” attached to it for over four decades due to failures of the adaptations during that period of time. Originally, the novel was almost adapted in mid-1970’s by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and was successfully adapted by David Lynch 1984 but failed at the box office and panned by critics, as well as a miniseries in 2000.

    And now Hollywood takes another shot at adapting the unadaptable in 2021.

    The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy) and written by Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth and Villeneuve. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.

    The conversation ranges from the how this adaptation stacks up against the source material, whether the differences from the book help or hinder the story, what to expect in Part Two, and we learn what the hell an epigraph is.

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie.

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    • 1 hr 46 min
    47. Big Sur

    47. Big Sur

    In Episode 3 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the adaptation of 'Big Sur' and whether or not bringing this story to the screen really makes sense.

    The book was written by Jack Kerouac, published in 1962, and was adapted for the screen in 2013.

    The film was written and directed by Michael Polish, and stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, and Kate Bosworth.

    The conversation ranges from the unique reading experience of a Beat novel, the very literal nature of the adaptation, the dark nature of the ending, and Erik teaches us all Free Verse.

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    46. Howl

    46. Howl

    In Episode 2 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the most famous of all Beat poems: "Howl"

    The poem was written by Allen Ginsberg, published in 1956, and adapted for the screen in 2010.

    The film was written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels.

    The conversation in this episode ranges from anaphora in poetry to the framing of the film (which is, frankly, bad). Erik gets heated over the filmmaker's stylistic choices, questions why Ginsberg has been removed from central action, and asks whether or not the lead prosecutor (played by Stratharin) is among the dumbest lawyers in film history.

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie.

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    • 1 hr 20 min
    45. The Green Knight

    45. The Green Knight

    In this episode, the guys discuss the new film, "The Green Knight".

    The film was based on the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" written by an unknown individual, who has been referred to as the "Pearl Poet", in the 14th century.

    The film was written & directed by David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "Ain't Them Bodies Saints", "The Old Man & The Gun", "Pete's Dragon") and stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton.

    The conversation in this episode ranges from the structure of the poem, the difficulties of telling a medieval story to a modern audience, the change in Gawain's motivation between poem and film, and whether or not A24 should build a King Arthur Universe to battle the MCU.

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    44. On The Road

    44. On The Road

    In Episode 1 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the most famous of all the Beat books: "On the Road."

    The book was written by Jack Kerouac, published in 1957, and was adapted for the screen in 2012.

    The film was directed by Walter Salles and written for the screen by Jose Rivera (who both worked on "The Motorcycle Diaries" together), and stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen.

    The conversation in this episode ranges from the struggles reading the novel's diaristic flow, the sad (not upbeat) tone of the film adaptation, the miscasting of Dean Moriarty, and whether it even makes sense to adapt a novel like "On the Road."

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    43. Season 9: Beat Generation

    43. Season 9: Beat Generation

    In this episode, the guys introduce the newest season of the podcast: The Beat Generation. What does that mean? Well, this season we'll be reading and discussing the books the shaped the Beat Generation from 1950's America.

    The adaptations include 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg, 'Big Sur' by Jack Kerouac, and 'Naked Lunch' by William S. Burroughs.

    The conversation ranges from why we decided to take on this season, what the significance of the Beat Generation writers, and whether or not they are the original hipsters.

    Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie.

    We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review!

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