Kaylia and Sarah discuss The Quiet Boy (short story) and Antlers (movie adaptation) in the newest episode of Pages and Popcorn. When you base a feature-length film on an 8,000-word short story, you have to add some stuff. But some of the things they added were truly scary. We talk about the stories behind the plots, the people behind the monsters, and the big sins behind the padding. Plus a tease about a future PPP episode!
Leah and Kaylia attempt to separate their love of the book from their disappointment in the movie and discuss the very different stories the two are attempting to tell. We try to answer the important questions like… How do these two much-loved things actually connect to one another? How much slime is the right amount of slime? Who is this movie for? What happened to Sophie’s sisters? Can you adapt an English fairy tale into a Japanese anime movie about a Middle Eastern war and set it somewhere in France? Should you?
Leah and Kaylia talk about gender dynamics, the lgbt coding, the struggle of good and evil, the Biblical Easter Eggs, the concept of rising above base nature…. And of course, there is Star Trek trivia and a bunch of English major interpretations. Enjoy!
better to teach the giant to farm or to sell him to the circus? How historically accurate do we want our absurd stories to be? And… which is more worth your time, movie or book? We might disagree but at least we have fun doing it!
Jennifer and Kaylia talk about the evils of privacy vs the evils of entitlement, the relative charm factor of Emma Watson, and how a book neither one of us loved still had some really cool provocative bits… that somehow got left out of the film. Hopefully, our episode elicits more “smiles” than “frowns
Matthew and Kaylia discuss such topics as: Is it a kid’s book or just a book about kids? What is the message, lesson, or argument of the book? Is Ender more victim or hero? How blameless is he really? Plus all the controversy about the author and a warning not to meet your heroes. Enjoy!
e of the best book-to-film adaptations ever made (thanks to John Cusack), the book is a living symbol of the longevity (?) importance (?) symbolism (?) of Pop music. And yes, the book IS pop music. But more than that the story deals with the shifting gender politics of the 90s, the focus of the man in the rom-com genre, and let’s not forget the music, the music, the music. Plus we gush about the amazing casting. Enjoy!