The Tiger King Scripted Series and a Protagonist Problem

There’s an aphorism that says that “Truth is stranger than fiction,” and fuck, if that’s not true for Netflix’s Tiger King, it’s not true for anything. Tiger King is a wild ride from the first minute to the last. “Murder, Mayhem, and Madness” is the show’s tagline, but somehow that doesn’t quite seem to cover just how absolutely insane… Continue reading The Tiger King Scripted Series and a Protagonist Problem

How would a Snowpiercer series work? [No Spoilers]

The world is shockingly less than three weeks away from a Snowpiercer TV series debuting on TNT. I have a terrible tendency to miss trailer releases, and I had forgotten all about this series until last week, when I saw the second trailer. I could recall it being announced and a news update that production… Continue reading How would a Snowpiercer series work? [No Spoilers]

How to Adapt The Adventure Zone

Part 1: The Podcast Late last autumn, a friend of mine told me about The Adventure Zone, a Dungeons and Dragons podcast that he absolutely loved; “They’re starting a new season, and you should totally listen to it!” The Adventure Zone was starting their third campaign; a story set in an original D&D world where… Continue reading How to Adapt The Adventure Zone

Reading the Shining; The Limitations of Horror Fiction

last octoBer, i wrotE a post called the shining: What makes feAr; it highlighted the one element of the movie adaptation of the shining which i found most terRifying. this will bE a minor spoiler for thaT movie – but wHat scarEd me the most was the entirely unexplained image of a man engaging in some… Continue reading Reading the Shining; The Limitations of Horror Fiction

Fantastic Beasts’ Looming Problem

Between the years of 1998 and 2011, the Harry Potter books and movies formed an absolute cultural powerhouse. It started with the release of the first book, and ended with the release of the last movie. But, as we are waiting for the third movie in the prequel spinoff series, Fantastic Beasts, faith in the franchise is at… Continue reading Fantastic Beasts’ Looming Problem

Winter is Coming Back: The Targaryen Prequel Series

I saw a blog post from George R.R. Martin that a Game of Thrones prequel series which adapted certain elements from his Targaryen history book Fire & Blood might be moving closer to production at HBO soon. And I said to myself, “Oh, that’s interesting,” because as far as we knew, the only Thrones prequel that was anywhere near to production… Continue reading Winter is Coming Back: The Targaryen Prequel Series

40 Years of Stephen King’s The Stand

This month is the 40th Anniversary of Stephen King’s 1978 post-apocalyptic epic fantasy novel. Among Stephen King fans, this book stands with his other well known works – It, The Shining, Carrie, Misery, The Dark Tower, The Green Mile, 11/22/63 – The Stand is on a level equal or higher to any of these works. So, on this anniversary,… Continue reading 40 Years of Stephen King’s The Stand

The Trouble with Short Story Adaptations | The Science of Adaptation

It was very gradually that I realized that “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman was one of my favorite short stories. Studying English, I read it three times in college – once in my Intro-to-Literature class, once in a short story class, and once in American Literature. (“The Yellow Wallpaper” can be read here.)… Continue reading The Trouble with Short Story Adaptations | The Science of Adaptation