When Parade asked me to compile a list of the best 75 books to celebrate the magazine’s 75th anniversary, my first answer was, “Not a chance!” I could picture the mountains of furious letters complaining about all the great works of literature I’d left off. But when I asked the staff at Parnassus Books, the [...]
Stranger Things—an eight-part Netflix series that debuts July 15—is set in the 1980s and is heavily influenced by Stephen King and Steven Spielberg works of the era, including E.T., Firestarter, It, Stand By Me, and Poltergeist.
My rule as a storyteller is that the structure of a story should reflect the content of a story. For example, in my new novel, Before the Fall, a private plane crashes into the Atlantic. Only two of the 13 passengers survive. Why the plane went down is a mystery. There are many ways to solve a mystery, but the method I chose was by solving the characters. I structured the book so that as you read the linear story following our two survivors, you find yourself jumping back in time for standalone chapters that delve into the lives of the other 11 passengers, both humanizing them and introducing clues and threats that may have made them targets for attack.
Mary Daniels Brown's insight:
A good look at the difference between plot and narrative structure.
The journey described in Heaney’s translation, like its Virgilian original, has both a personal and a political dimension. In the “Aeneid” the hero’s father, Anchises, whom Aeneas carried out of the burning city of Troy on his back, dies in Book III at Drepanum (Trapani), Sicily. With the help of the Cumaean Sibyl, Aeneas undertakes the frightening journey to visit him among the dead, both out of filial devotion and in order to gain a vision of his own epic posterity: the mythical descendants, culminating in the historical Augustus, who will establish the Roman Empire.
A 2003 study of children ages 10 to 15, published in the journal Child Development, revealed that best friendships between girls were both more fragile than those between boys and more devastating when they ended. Researchers posited that as female friendships occur more often in isolation than male friendships (stereotypically, a group of boys meets up to play basketball; girls stay up late whispering secrets in the dark), intimacy between girls is more vulnerable.
It looks like that adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace will finally see the light of day. News originally broke in 2012 that Canadian actress and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sarah Polley planned to adapt the historical fiction novel as a feature. According to a report from Deadline this week, the project has been greenlit by Netflix and the CBC as a six-hour miniseries. Polley remains attached as writer and producer with production expected to begin in Ontario in August.
Printing made the modern era possible by disseminating the books that opened new ways of thinking and encouraged new human aspirations. Today, on the other hand, the printing era shows signs of coming to an end.
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