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

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

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It's simple Hollywood math: the most popular novel of the year--or even of the decade--has been ...

Some More Thoughts on Hollywood and the Novel

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As I work on my next post for Poisoned Pen Press--"Mysteries for Literary Snobs"--I pause to ...

End Game: The Art of the Closer

End Game: The Art of the Closer

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This is my sequel to my prior post on the Poisoned Pen Press blog. That one ...

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

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And now for the third and final comparison of the closing scene in a major Hollywood ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood versus the Novel, Part 2

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Following up on my last post, here is a look at the closing scene of the ...

The Perfect Ending? Hollywood Versus the Novel, Part 1

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T.S. Eliot opened his poem "East Coker" with the line: "In my beginning is my end," ...

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

Schadenfreude and the Bad Sex Award

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My last post was on the Bulwer-Lytton competition, where contestants submit a bad opening line to ...

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

The Literary Lounge Lizard: Pick-up Lines Gone Wrong

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My last two posts were salutes to the greatest pick-up lines in literature--those magical opening sentences ...

The Great American Opener: More Thoughts on Literary Pick-up Lines

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Following up on my last post, I had some more thoughts on what makes a great ...

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

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

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For an author, the opening line of a novel is the literary equivalent of the snappy ...