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 ...

The Art of the Literary Pick-up Line: “Hey, call me, Ishmael”

For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy pick-up line in a singles bar. Indeed, some of our greatest novelists are also some of our greatest pick-up artists. My latest post at the Poisoned Pen Press blog is on the great opening lines of literature. I ...