Water for Elephants and Activism: 15 Years Later

Water for Elephants and Activism: 15 Years Later

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On May 26th of 2006, Sara Gruen published her third novel, Water for Elephants. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the book and the tenth anniversary of the film adaptation.     The story–written during National Novel Writing Month–was met with unprecedented success and took the contemporary literature world by storm. The book was added to recommended reading lists for Advanced Placement exams while simultaneously banned from schools for its explicit sexual content and brutal descriptions of animal abuse. Just five years later, the book was adapted for film with a star-studded cast.   Although this novel falls under …

Celebrating Forty-Three Years of ‘The Shining’

Celebrating Forty-Three Years of ‘The Shining’

The midlife crisis is real. If you see The Shining buying a motorcycle, dyeing its hair or visiting a hotel in Colorado and turning on its family, go easy, it turns 43 today. Stephen King’s infamous novel, that spawned a modern cinematic classic, was published 43 years ago on January 28th 1977. King’s psychological horror had sold over a million copies as of 2012 with doubtless many more sold since.    Image via ifc center The Shining is one of King’s best-known (and loved) novels, penned after King and his wife spent some time in Boulder in a supposedly haunted hotel room. …

Lizzy Caplan to Lead ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 as ‘Misery’s Annie Wilkes

Lizzy Caplan to Lead ‘Castle Rock’ Season 2 as ‘Misery’s Annie Wilkes

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Hulu’s hit Stephen King adaptation  Castle Rock is returning for a second season, this time taking inspiration for the main plot from King’s Misery. Emmy-nominated Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls, Masters of Sex) will take the lead. Yes, this season Caplan will take on the role of the dangerously obsessive Annie Wilkes, a former nurse who cares for novelist Paul Sheldon after he is injured in a car crash and breaks two legs. Throughout the story, Annie is preoccupied with Sheldon’s novels featuring the character Misery Chastain. As she reads, she becomes enraged by a twist in Sheldon’s plot, and decides she will …

Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’ Is Getting The Animated Treatment

Joseph Conrad’s ‘Heart Of Darkness’ Is Getting The Animated Treatment

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“I love the smell of napalm in the morning” Joseph Conrad’s classic novella, Heart of Darkness is getting adapted into an animated feature. The book has previously inspired quotable films such as Apocalypse Now and, dare I say, Tropic Thunder? The narration is experimental-ish. An unnamed narrator tells the story of Charles Marlow who ends up telling another story. #framednarrative. Marlow’s story begins with him explaining to his shipmates how he became captain of the Nellie, a steamboat for an ivory trading company. He tells the story of his journey down the Congo into the heart of Africa as well as his weird obsession with the ivory …