and movie enthusiasts rejoice! A number of tales, classic and recent, are being
adapted for the big screen this year. Below are a handful that are must-see,
listed in order of their release dates:
J.M. Barrie's Peter
first written as a play in 1904 and released in novel form in 1911, is still
going strong. Over a century after its creation, it’s inspiring yet another
film version, this time directed by Joe Wright and due out July 24, 2015.
original tells of the sprite Peter who whisks children Wendy, John and Michael
to the island of Neverland, where they meet a gang of Lost Boys and fight the
villainous pirate Captain Hook. Wright gives the story a unique twist, turning
Hook into a hero and saving the villainy for Blackbeard, played by the
incomparable Hugh Jackman.
Mary Shelley’s 1818
novel Frankenstein tells a story of scientific power run amok. The
brilliant scientist Victor Frankenstein discovers the key to animating life,
only to find the man he has created is more monster than man.
Century Fox's horror film based on the classic arrives October 2, 2015. It
stars James McAvoy as Frankenstein and Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame,
as deformed assistant Igor, and will be told from Igor’s point of view. Not
part of Shelley's original vision, the hunchbacked character first shows up as
Fritz in the iconic 1931 film, and later on was transformed into Ygor, played
by the great Bela Lugosi.
director Ridley Scott helms a sci-fi adventure penned by debut novelist Andy
Weir. The Martian, due to open in 3D on November 25, 2015, is based on Weir’s 2012 book. Matt Damon stars as
astronaut Mark Watney. Stranded on Mars, he must use his ingenuity to survive
and ultimately reconnect with a rescue attempt by fellow astronauts.
self-published novel became a smash online before it was traditionally
published. Fans of the novel should be glad to hear that Weir has acted as a
technical advisor to screenwriter Drew Goddard and also considers the
Ron Howard directed adventure, set for release on December 11, 2015, is a
thrilling tale of 19th century sailors shipwrecked by a sperm whale and
fighting for their survival. It’s based on a true story that inspired Melville's classic Moby
Nathaniel Philbrick recounted the events
in his 2000 National Book Award winning book. Howard, known for attention to
realistic details, reportedly has his actor/sailors eating light to better
portray the starving men of the doomed whaleship Essex.
Disney studio helms another version of the tale based on Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 story
collection, which contained stories about a boy named Mowgli raised by wolves
and befriended by a bear and a panther. This adaptation, directed by Jon
Favreau, will combine live action and 3D CGI. It pays homage to its 1967 Disney
predecessor (which is finally available on demand - check your local channels), including new songs
by original songwriter Richard M. Sherman. Ben Kingsley and Bill Murray will
star as Bagheera and Baloo respectively. Originally scheduled for a 2015
release, it’s now set to open in spring 2016.
Whether you love them or hate them, literary
adaptations on screen provide opportunity to experience familiar stories in new
forms. Readers who like to ponder that transformation have much to look forward
to this year, from classic fantasy to sci-fi, horror and historic adventure.
Spencer Blohm is a freelance entertainment, culture, and lifestyle blogger. He lives and works in Chicago. When not working he can be found camped out in his apartment watching the latest films and newest television shows.
I've been very discombobulated lately. With all the snow, you'd think I'd have more time read, but it just seems I'm shoveling and wiping the ice of my dog's paws. So with that said, I'll be on vacation for about 2 weeks starting Friday, February 6th and won't be blogging during that time. I had wanted to at least get another book reviewed before then, but the best laid plans of bloggers and men, yadda yadda yadda.
I had started reading Welcome to the Dark House by Lauire Faria Stolarz. It had gotten a lot of great reviews, but wow, I couldn't get into it. I just feel the camp is pushed way too high and there are too many characters to follow and I'm not connecting with any of those characters either. I do plan to finish it though because I want to see what is going on and who dies (muahaha).
I got Brood by Chase Novak out of the library, which is a sequel to Breed, and I'm really going to try to finish that by the time I leave, but of course - no guarantees. Especially since there is another storm coming our way and I have no idea if I'll have to switch my flight to try to leave earlier. It's definitely a "First World Problem," and I'm trying to keep that in perspective, but I just want to be able to take my flight safely to my destination!
If you follow me on Twitter, I'll keep you posted of my shenanigans!
There are very few things guaranteed to darken a writer’s day
more than the knowledge that they are about to start editing their work. It’s a
necessary evil but one that can be made, if not painless, then certainly less
Editing should be a law of diminishing returns (Stephen King says
that the second draft should be the first draft less 10%) so don’t be surprised
to find yourself putting a red line through whole sections of text. This is a
good thing (although I can guarantee you it won’t feel that way) because it
means that you’re developing a much tighter idea for the stories prose.
From the viewpoint of how long you should leave it between
drafts, I always do three months. This allows me to get some distance and
perspective on what I’ve written. A month would probably serve the same purpose
but I certainly wouldn’t recommend anything less than that.
Once you feel happy with the manuscript, then pass it across to
someone to read and critique. I would recommend getting someone professional to
do this if you can afford it. Getting a friend to look at it will only end in
tears. It’s tempting to want to do this but you need an unbiased opinion.
Friends are not unbiased and they are far more likely to be nice than honest.
Also, be prepared for the criticism that will come back with the response.
Remember it’s not personal (but it’ll hurt nonetheless). Once you’ve read it,
put it away, go scream in to a pillow (we’ve all been there), and then leave it
for however long you give yourself between drafts. When you go back you’ll be
grateful for the honesty, believe me.
After that, it’s all down to you. Is your pride and joy ready for
the wide world? If the answer is yes, then you’re good to go. If it’s no then,
not a problem, just repeat the process until you are happy.
Like I said, editing is a necessary evil but if you take your
time and are willing to be brutally honest with yourself, it will transform
your work from a rough draft into a finished article.
by N.P. Griffiths
Lost in the hollow shade of a phantom London, the reincarnation of an
ancient hero fights for survival amidst warring factions of angels vying
for dominion over the departed souls of all mankind.
“She is here now. She has come. The prophesied one.”
British attorney Emma Elliott has no recollection of how she came to be in a
silent, misty maze of cold pavements and towering buildings. More
disturbingly, she doesn’t know how she came to meet this strange man now
leading her swiftly through these darkened streets on an urgent, yet eerily solemn quest for shelter. The truth is
brutal: Emma comes to the shocking realization that she has been killed in a freak road traffic accident and is now
in the afterlife. Roaming the twilight version of London, Emma discovers her new world is ruled over by two
groups of angels, one of which, the Cado Angelus, are disturbed fallen creatures who believe they have a divine
right to rule the world. Emma finds herself drawn into an ancient conflict, the outcome of which will determine the
future of every human soul.
Joining forces with Father Eamon, a priest and her guide in this strange new world, and Taryn, her childhood best
friend with whom she has been reunited in death, Emma must realize her full potential as a powerful spirit and
work on behalf of the benevolent angels who have long kept their dark and tyrannical counterparts at bay. If she
can harness her own hidden strength and reach her father, who remains in the living world, for the answers she
has been charged to find, Emma may also have a chance of figuring out who she is. Could Emma be the
reincarnation of Isabella Calabria, the only person in history to have ever taken a human stand against the divine?
Could Emma Elliott be Isabella’s heiress?
In this unique and captivating supernatural thriller, N.P. Griffiths conjures a chilling image of London as an ageless
purgatory home to the countless souls of mankind’s fallen. Isabella’s Heiress explores themes of redemption and
forgiveness as one woman desperately tries to silence the demons of her past while wrestling with the present. A
haunting and intricate tale for all reading ages with a strong and enchanting female protagonist, fans of George
R.R. Martin, and Stephen King will lose themselves in N.P. Griffiths’ singular fusion of escapist fantasy and gritty
About the author: N.P. Griffiths lives in Chafford Hundred, Essex, where he writes steadily and works for a large
company specializing in information technology. He is currently writing the next book in the Isabella’s Heiress
series. Isabella’s Heiress by N.P. Griffiths (published by Clink Street Publishing, RRP $14.99 paperback, RRP
$6.99ebook) is available online at retailers including amazon.com and can be ordered from all good bookstores.
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Diana Rissetto, Marketing and Publicity Executive / 646-664-4272 / firstname.lastname@example.org