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Scarlett Johansson as ‘Bride’ in New Adaptation of Frankenstein

Johansson is playing Bride of Frankenstein, twisting the character in a different direction from James Whale's 1935 film adaptation, and giving the character a spotlight she's never received before.

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Book Adaptations on Hulu You Should Definitely Check Out

On July 1st, Hulu added "The Color Purple," "Beloved," and "Mary Shelley" to their ever-increasing catalog of movies. All three are based on either the works or the lives of famous female writers, and all three are recommended for fans of the books, or for people interested in learning more about these great classics.

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Killer Book Recommendations from Joe Goldberg

Warning: Spoilers for You are up ahead!

Netflix’s You has truly taken the world by storm. With a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes for season 1 and an overall score of 90%, it is not hard to see that the show is a good watch. And with a show centered around a book-loving serial killer, it only makes sense that we get a glimpse into the books Joe Goldberg enjoys enough to recommend them to other people – before he kills them.

 

 

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In the first episode of the series, Joe recommends this book to Beck, his primary target. The novel itself follows a couple, Otto and Sophie. After Sophie gets bitten by a stray she had been trying to feed, trouble begins to follow the couple. A series of small disasters magnify the issues in Sophie and Otto’s marriage as well as society.

 

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Joe, as a means to educate his young next-door neighbor, constantly lends Paco books. The classic story of Don Quixote is one of four recommendations Joe lends to the boy. Joe explains to Paco that the story is “about a guy who believes in chivalry so he decides to be an old school knight.” Joe also lends Paco The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo, and Frankenstein.

 

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As part of an equal exchange, movie recommendations for book recommendations, Joe recommends a list of books to Ellie, the younger sister of his newest target in season 2. A book from Joe’s list is Bulgavok’s The Master and Margarita. The dark but comedic story takes place in the atheist Soviet Union and centers around a visit from the devil himself. Alongside a talking cat who likes vodka, a fanged hitman, a female vampire, and a valet, Satan wreaks havoc on Moscow’s elite.

 

 

The show also plays homage to some Honorable Mentions. These are books that Joe doesn’t actually recommend, but are referenced/seen in the show by him or other characters.

 

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As he questions Beck’s kind-of-boyfriend, Benji, Joe casually references Kerouac’s On the Road. This 1957 novel, based on the travels of Kerouac and his friends, follows two friends (narrator Sal Paradise and his friend Dean Moriarty) as they road trip across the United States. The story is broken up into 5 parts, three of which detail Sal’s road trip escapades with Dean.

 

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Throughout season 2, Joe can be seen reading the Michael R. Kats translation for Crime and Punishment. Dostoyevsky’s novel tells the story of a thief who wallows in the depths of his guilt after he plans to, and subsequently kills a shop owner. It can be assumed that Joe’s reading of this story reflects his guilt for killing Beck in season 1.

 

 

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After meeting Love, the woman recommends Joan Didion’s work to Joe. She describes the book as “a little dark,” and should make Joe feel “right at home.” Love’s sharing of this novel alludes to her own involvement with murder and mayhem. So, it comes to no surprise when Love shows her murderous side as season 2 comes to an end.

 

 

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While being trapped in the basement of Mr. Mooney’s bookstore as a child, Joe had ample time to read. So, when he sees an original edition of Ozma of Oz at Peach Salinger’s party, he quickly steals the book, as it reminds him of his time in the basement. The story, the third of Baum’s Oz series, details Dorothy’s second trip to Oz.

 

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‘Frankenstein’: More Than A 200 Year Old Classic

Celebrating a little over 200 years of life, Frankenstein is one of the classics that you can’t get enough of, and not just because it is required in the school system. As one of the most famous Gothic thrillers out there, Frankenstein has been adapted in seventy different ways through short films, short cartoons, and hitting the big screen.

 

 

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The first movie adaptation was a short film created by Thomas Edison in 1910. Although it was the first adaptation created, “it is one of the most striking.” The scenes do their best to stay true to what Mary Shelley intended in her book, but like all movies, it doesn’t quite hit the mark. There were more that followed, leaving only a few to be recognized as good. Syfy’s article, The Best Worst and Weirdest Adaptations of Frankenstein, suggests that the good representations of Frankenstein include; James Whale’s Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Young Frankenstein, The Curse of Frankenstein and Rocky Horror Picture Show.

 

 

Watching a movie is all well and good, but the true representation of Frankenstein is in the words.

 

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein tells a story of a science student, Victor Frankenstein, who has become obsessed with discovering how to create a life with lifeless body matter. Once Frankenstein assembles the body parts, he becomes terrified of the hideousness of the creature. Hurt by Frankenstein’s fear, the creature retreats to isolation where he “turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator.”

 

 

Frankenstein continues to be an important part of the horror and science fiction genres, as it raises questions on the nature of life and humankind’s place in the world.

 

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