Posts Tagged: film adaptations
Books live in our collective unconscious as well as our individual imaginations. It’s best to air these stories occasionally so that we may examine the myths we hold dearly. Movies may be messy but they can be viewed en masse, which makes them the perfect medium for this analysis.
If you could bring one J.G. Ballard novel to a deserted island, what would it be? Although the film adaptations of Crash and the upcoming High-Rise might make those popular choices, Jason Guriel argues that Concrete Island deserves to be your top pick:
As speculative fiction goes, this is sophisticated stuff; rather than imagine some fascist, post-apocalyptic society…Ballard discovered the plausible dystopia in plain sight: a concrete, postwar London in which the marginalized populate literal margins, those ruled lines where city-planning comes to an abrupt stop.
Legendary science fiction author and screenwriter Richard Matheson, who unfortunately passed away a little over a month ago, has had his work adapted into a plethora of movies—I Am Legend, The Box, The Shrinking Man, What Dreams Will Come, etc.—which, unfortunately, haven’t all fared so well....more
There another Gatsby adaptation in the works. F Scott Fitzgerald’s American masterpiece has resurfaced over and over again—as a couple films, as an orchestral production by the Madison Symphony, a theater piece, a spin-off novel and an opera. The desire to reproduce Gatsby might have something to do with its perpetual relevance....more