Recent Posts by Michael Kahn

“If You Build It, Hollywood Will Come”: More Thoughts on Movie Adaptations

It's simple Hollywood math: the most popular novel of the year--or even of the decade--has been read by just a fraction of the number of people who've seen the movie version of the novel. The subject of my last post was Mario Puzo's novel, The Godfather, and the Francis Ford ...

The Perfect Ending: Hollywood v. the Novel, Part 3

And now for the third and final comparison of the closing scene in a major Hollywood movie with the closing scene in the novel on which it was based. Our focus today: The Maltese Falcon. The supposed last line of the movie version invariably makes those lists of Top Ten Greatest ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood versus the Novel, Part 2

Following up on my last post, here is a look at the closing scene of the second of three classic Hollywood movies and the closing lines of the novel on which it is based. While almost all of us have seen and can even recite lines from the 1939 MGM motion picture ...

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

From "Longmire Does Romance Novels" at www.worldoflongmire.comMy last post was on the Bulwer-Lytton competition, where contestants submit a bad opening line to an imaginary novel. What makes that competition such innocent fun is that the contestants themselves compose and submit a sentence that they hope will garner first prize as ...

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