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Along with the changing of the leaves come the dark, chilly nights of Autumn- the perfect setting for everyone’s favorite holiday, Halloween. Face your fears with this month’s terrifying Hulu and Netflix adaptations!
We’ve put every new release into categories and included the Netflix and Hulu release dates to boot! Click on the titles or where it says “book” or “novel” to either the watch film/show trailer or to purchase the original book!
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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- A. I. Artificial Intelligence (2001 Film) – based on the short story Supertoys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss (October 1st Hulu)
- Beautiful Creatures (2013 Film) – based on the books by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009 Film) – based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger (October 1st, Netflix)
- Total Recall (1990) – based on the short story We Can Remember It for You Wholesale by Phillip K. Dick (October 1st, Hulu)
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- After (2019 Film) – based on the book by Anna Todd (October 9th, Netflix)
- A Tale of Love and Darkness (2015 Film) – based on the memoir by Amos Oz (October 25th, Netflix)
- Looking For Alaska (Season 1) – based on the book by John Green (October 18th, Hulu)
- No Way Out (1987 Film) – based on the book The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing (October 1st, Hulu)
- Raging Bull (1980 Film) – based on the memoir by Jake LaMotta (October 31st, Netflix)
- Troy (2004 Film) – based on the Greek epic, Homer’s Illiad (October 1st, Netflix)
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- Trainspotting (1996 Film) – based on the book by Irvine Welsh (October 1st, Netflix)
- True Grit (1969 Film) – based on the book by Charles Portis (October 1st, Hulu)
- Winter’s Bone (2010 Film) – based on the book by Daniel Woodrell (October 1st, Hulu)
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- An American Haunting (2006 Film) – based on the book An American Haunting: The Bell Witch by Brent Monohan (October 1st, Hulu)
- Hellraiser (1987), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser IV: Bloodline (1996) – based on the book The Hellbound Heart by Clive Barker (October 1st, Hulu)
- Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990 Film) – based on the short stories Lot No. 249 by Arthur Conan Doyle and The Cat From Hell by Stephen King (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Haunting (1999 Film) – based on the book The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999 Film) – based on the book by Patricia Highsmith (October 1st, Hulu)
- Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000 Film) – inspired by Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 1st, Hulu)
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- Along Came a Spider (2001 Film) – based on the book by James Patterson (October 1st, Netflix)
- Castle Rock (Season 2) – inspired by the stories of Stephen King (October 23rd, Hulu)
- In The Tall Grass (2019 Film) – based on the novella by Stephen King (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Blade (1998), Blade 2 (2002), and Blade: Trinity (2004) – based on Marvel Comics’ Blade series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Cheese in the Trap (Season 1) – based on the popular Korean Web Series by Soonkki (October 1st, Netflix)
- Constantine (2005 Film) – based on the DC Comics Hellblazer Series (October 1st, Hulu)
- Ghost World (2001 Film) – based on the comic by Daniel Cowes (October 1st, Hulu)
- Men In Black (1997 Film) – based on the Marvel Comics’ Series by Lowell Cunningham (October 19th, Netflix)
- Supergirl (Season 4) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Superman Returns (2006 Film) – based on the DC Comics (October 1st, Netflix)
- Raising Dion (2019 Premiere Film) – based on the comic book by Dennis Liu (October 4th, Netflix)
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- Kengan Ashura (Part 2) – based on the Japanese Comic written by Yabako Sandrovich and illustrated by Daromeon (October 31st, Netflix)
- Sailor Moon (Season 4) – based on the Japanese Comic written and illustrated by Naoko Takeuchi (October 1st, Hulu)
- The Bravest Knight (Season 1B) – based on the children’s book The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico
- The Spooky Tale of Captain Underpants Hack-a-ween (2019 Premiere Special) – based on the Dav Pilkey Captain Underpants Comic Series (October 8th, Netflix)
- Ultramarine Magmell (2019 Anime) – based on the Chinese Comic by Masaya Hokazono (October 10th, Netflix)
There are so many choices for the month of October, both for those who would rather not be spooked by their entertainment, and those seeking a thrill.
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Have you ever been given a reading list that’s written, translated, and selected exclusively by and for men? Odds are you’ve rarely seen any that aren’t. If you want to appreciate the cannon while also living in a world where women exist, this is the list for you. These books and translations are some of the best and most lauded of all time, and yes, they’re by women.
It was, I must confess, a little hard to compile. The Odyssey was first translated by a woman only in 2017! But don’t despair. It’s all here for the taking.
The Iliad and the Odyssey
Homer’s epics have been translated MANY times, but these, by Caroline Alexander and Emily Wilson, respectively, set an incredible standard.
Close as can be to the ancient Greek, this translations has garnered heaping praise. “[T]he guard has changed, and a new gold standard has appeared”, said New Criterion at the volume’s publication. This edition even manages to retain the original line numbers from the Greek.
This work, too, matches the original Greek as closely as possible. “A staggeringly superior translation―true, poetic, lively and readable, and always closely engaged with the original Greek”, said Harvard classics professor Richard F. Thomas. Iambic pentameter imitates the lyricism of the original Greek, and the volume also includes translation guides and maps.
Antigonik and An Oresteia
For both of these it is possible to turn to Anne Carson, a Canadian translator and classics professor. Carson’s translations are modern, elegant, and never condescending. In stead of translated, the works seem brought into the light, with all their strangeness and fierceness intact.
How is it that Jane Austen, often the only woman on a reading list, is still under hyped? I had a guy in a bar tell me once that if people like Austen it’s because they haven’t read a lot of books. He really said that. Family conflict, human stories, and scathing humor makes Austen worth reading, with characters you really will love, and hate.
It’s a staple for a reason, and if you’re not sure you’ll relate to these people’s problems, you’re wrong. Fuckboys, impending poverty, poor decisions, and character growth you can get behind. Plus, it may be a period piece, but people still love their sisters. You’ll relate.
Another classic people want to avoid, but it has everything: deaths, fire, lies, weddings, blindness. I wouldn’t exactly call Jane a relateable character, but she’s understandable, I think, when you see everything she’s been through. And she’s incredibly decisive.
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Hello internet denizens. Do you Like Homer? Sappho? Memes? Allow me to introduce you to the swirling vortex that is the classics fandom. It may have been two-hundred years since they got any new material, but the community is still going strong. Let’s take a look.
Here, a meme about the greatest intellectual tragedy of all time.
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But it’s not all about history. Here are some about the Iliad.
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Alright, so it wasn’t a gift, it was a sacrifice to the gods that the Trojans were foolish enough to steal, but I’m not mad about it. Trojan horse memes may be antique, but they’re classic (heh).
How about another Iliad meme, this time thanks to Parks and Rec.
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No opinions on the Iliad? No worries! There are general interest memes as well, about things like the Greek gods.
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Zeus is a thot. That’s the real takeaway. There’s actually a lot of comedic Zeus hate, which is honestly incredibly valid. Try this one on for size.
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Of course, it didn’t work out very well for Prometheus, but at least he got a burn in before being chained… to a rock… and having his liver… repeatedly eaten. Yikes. He’s definitely going to need more than aloe.
Just one more history meme before I go.
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March fifteenth may have come and gone somehow, but jokes about stabbing Caesar don’t have to be contained to one date, and next year, when you see this last meme, you’ll know it’s come.
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Needless to say, Homer’s Odyssey is considered the oldest work in the Western history of literature and become the must-read classic in schools worldwide. As an English major, I remember how my literary professor in college introduced the journey of Odysseus, the protagonist who wins the Trojan War, and the heroic adventures he has on his way home (a journey which lasts ten years! OMG). The twist and turns in the epic have inspired so many students, scholars, and cultural influencers.
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Now, the poetic wave of the Odyssey is unfolded again with the discovery of the oldest extract of the Odyssey in Greece. According to the Greek culture ministry, an engraved clay has recently been found in the Temple of Zeus located in ancient Olympia, the birth place of Greek mythology, by a team of Greek and German archaeologist researchers.
On the clay, thirteen verses from the Odyssey’s 14th Rhapsody are recorded. This part of story basically focuses on Odysseus’ reunion with his old friend Eumaeus after his ten years of wandering. Though the exact date of this item is still under evaluation (probably before the 3rd century AD; the Roman era), the new discovery still marks a salient progress on its “archaeological, epigraphic, literary and historical exhibit,” claimed the ministry.
Reading this latest activity in Greek culture and literature, I cannot help but get trapped in my memory of sitting in the classroom reading the Odyssey in college. What else exciting things will be decoded on the clay? How this new interface will influence our understanding of Odyssey? As Odysseus did on his journey home, I look forward to the updates, and any twists and turns.
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