The Oscars are coming up. In that spirit, you may enjoy this week's posts at Three Guys, One Book, in which they compared the movies that are up for Best Adapted Screenplay with the books they were based on. It's a fascinating look at how much (or little) a story can change from one medium to the other, and how an adaptation can be done well. The movies they discuss are Philomena, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, and The Wolf of Wall Street; they don't delve into Before Midnight, since its characters were adapted from a previous film rather than from a book.
And over at YA Outside the Lines, I blogged about the character of the charismatic storyteller,
and some books I read growing up in which such a character beguiled the
main characters with exaggerations or outright falsehoods, leaving the
protagonists sadder but wiser. A sample: "These stories reassured me
that I wasn’t the first to be taken in by a glamorous surface and a good