Ep: 55 When Books Become Movies

Are books always better than movies based on those books?  Can mythology have the same effect on a big screen that it has when passed on through oral tradition.

We discuss the promises and perils of making books into movies.  We focus on Steinbeck's East of Eden and Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, but we also mention and/or discuss the following: Ian Flemming's James Bond stories, Michael Crighton and Jurassic Park, Steven King's Shawshank Redemption, Nick Hornby and High Fidelity, Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Cormack McCarthy's The Road, that the Cohen Brothers would be the best filmmakers to redo Huckleberry Finn, whether we should like musicals, The Last Temptation of Christ, Jungian archetypes, the value of mythology, and the importance of fairy tales.

After recording the show, we found out that Alan Dean Foster made novelizations of several popular films, including Star Wars: A New Hope.  

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