Lit to Lens

Lit to Lens

A podcast about books and their film adaptations. It's a safe place for those who really did like the movie better than the book.

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In Episode 1 of Season 10: Oscar Bait, the guys discuss the adaptation of ‘Dune’. The novel was written by Frank Herbert and published in 1965, winning both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for that year, and becoming a timeless classic of the Science Fiction genre. The novel has had the stigma of being “unadaptable” attached to it for over four decades due to failures of the adaptations during that period of time. Originally, the novel was almost adapted in mid-1970’s by Alejandro Jodorowsky, and was successfully adapted by David Lynch 1984 but failed at the box office and panned by critics, as well as a miniseries in 2000. And now Hollywood takes another shot at adapting the unadaptable in 2021. The film was directed by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival, Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Prisoners, Enemy) and written by Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth and Villeneuve. The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Zendaya, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem. The conversation ranges from the how this adaptation stacks up against the source material, whether the differences from the book help or hinder the story, what to expect in Part Two, and we learn what the hell an epigraph is. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens
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Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com
 Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Nov 13

1 hr 46 min

In Episode 3 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the adaptation of 'Big Sur' and whether or not bringing this story to the screen really makes sense. The book was written by Jack Kerouac, published in 1962, and was adapted for the screen in 2013. The film was written and directed by Michael Polish, and stars Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, and Kate Bosworth. The conversation ranges from the unique reading experience of a Beat novel, the very literal nature of the adaptation, the dark nature of the ending, and Erik teaches us all Free Verse. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Oct 13

1 hr 3 min

In Episode 2 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the most famous of all Beat poems: "Howl" The poem was written by Allen Ginsberg, published in 1956, and adapted for the screen in 2010. The film was written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels. The conversation in this episode ranges from anaphora in poetry to the framing of the film (which is, frankly, bad). Erik gets heated over the filmmaker's stylistic choices, questions why Ginsberg has been removed from central action, and asks whether or not the lead prosecutor (played by Stratharin) is among the dumbest lawyers in film history. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Oct 10

1 hr 20 min

In this episode, the guys discuss the new film, "The Green Knight". The film was based on the poem "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight" written by an unknown individual, who has been referred to as the "Pearl Poet", in the 14th century. The film was written & directed by David Lowery ("A Ghost Story", "Ain't Them Bodies Saints", "The Old Man & The Gun", "Pete's Dragon") and stars Dev Patel, Alicia Vikander, and Joel Edgerton. The conversation in this episode ranges from the structure of the poem, the difficulties of telling a medieval story to a modern audience, the change in Gawain's motivation between poem and film, and whether or not A24 should build a King Arthur Universe to battle the MCU. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Aug 10

1 hr 12 min

In Episode 1 of Season 9: The Beat Generation, the guys discuss the most famous of all the Beat books: "On the Road." The book was written by Jack Kerouac, published in 1957, and was adapted for the screen in 2012. The film was directed by Walter Salles and written for the screen by Jose Rivera (who both worked on "The Motorcycle Diaries" together), and stars Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Tom Sturridge, Elisabeth Moss, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. The conversation in this episode ranges from the struggles reading the novel's diaristic flow, the sad (not upbeat) tone of the film adaptation, the miscasting of Dean Moriarty, and whether it even makes sense to adapt a novel like "On the Road." Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the novel or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Jun 23

1 hr 8 min

In this episode, the guys introduce the newest season of the podcast: The Beat Generation. What does that mean? Well, this season we'll be reading and discussing the books the shaped the Beat Generation from 1950's America. The adaptations include 'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac, 'Howl' by Allen Ginsberg, 'Big Sur' by Jack Kerouac, and 'Naked Lunch' by William S. Burroughs. The conversation ranges from why we decided to take on this season, what the significance of the Beat Generation writers, and whether or not they are the original hipsters. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Jun 12

29 min 25 sec

In this episode we were lucky enough to interview Lane Shefter Bishop. Lane is the Founder + CEO of Vast Entertainment, a production company focused on book-to-movie adaptations. Lane is also a Director and Producer and has been in the film industry for decades. She is the author of the book "Sell Your Story in A Single Sentence: Advice from the Front Lines of Hollywood" available in paperback and online. The conversation ranges from Lane's passions of pursuing a career in filmmaking, the difficulties of finding work as a female director, the ins and outs of pitching projects in Hollywood, keeping authors involved in the adaption process, and why certain adaptations don't work out. We hope you enjoy! We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com Find out more information about Lane Shefter Bishop: IMDB - https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1267023/ Website - https://www.laneshefterbishop.com/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/laneshefterbish?lang=en

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Apr 26

47 min 57 sec

In episode five of the "2021 Oscar Bait" season, the guys discuss "The Father". The play, written by Florian Zeller and first performed in 2012, was adapted for the screen in 2020. The film was directed by the playwright himself, Florian Zeller, and written for the screen by Zeller and Christopher Hampton (who also translated the play into English). It stars Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. The conversation ranges from the play's unique structure, the adaptation's few differences from the play, the incredible performances, and whether or not Anthony Hopkins is the greatest of all time. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the play or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Apr 15

1 hr 4 min

In episode four of the "2021 Oscar Bait" season, the guys discuss "News of the World". The book, written by Paulette Jiles and published in 2016, was adapted for the screen in 2020. The film was directed by Paul Greengrass and written by Greengrass and Luke Davies. It stars Tom Hanks and newcomer Helena Zengel. The conversation ranges from the book's unique prose, the adaptation's odd and confusing changes, the hype around Helena Zengel's performance, and whether or not Tom Hanks' career is now on a decline. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the play or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Apr 6

1 hr 18 min

In episode three of the "2021 Oscar Bait" season, the guys discuss "One Night in Miami...". The play, written by Kemp Powers (screenwriter of "Soul"), was first performed in 2013, was adapted for the screen in 2020 by the playwright himself. The film was directed by Regina King in her feature film directorial debut, and stars Kingsley Ben-Adir as Malcolm X, Eli Goree as Cassius Clay, Aldis Hodge as Jim Brown, and Leslie Odom, Jr. as Sam Cooke. The conversation ranges from the play's concise storytelling, the adaptation's expansion, Regina King's chops as a director, and whether or not stories like these should just be documentaries. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the play or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Mar 15

1 hr 15 min

In the second episode of our "2021 Oscar Bait" season, the guys discuss "Nomadland". The nonfiction book, written by Jessica Bruder and published in 2017, was adapted for the screen in 2020. The film, written and directed by Chloé Zhao, stars Frances McDormand and debuted at the Venice and Toronto Films Festivals in September 2020. The conversation ranges from the book's shortcomings to the adaptation's key differences, which include the creation of Fern as a main character, the clever filmmaking from Chloé Zhao, the incredible cinematography, and whether or not the "cut-to-grilled-meat" editing technique was done on purpose. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Feb 25

1 hr 25 min

In this episode, the guys discuss "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," the first episode of our "2021 Oscar Bait" season. The play was written by August Wilson and debuted at the Cort Theatre on Broadway in 1984. The film was directed by George C. Wolfe, written for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and stars Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. The conversation ranges from the racial and religious undertones of the story, the benefits of adapting a play, and whether or not it's okay to take action after your shoes get stepped on twice. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Feb 9

1 hr 29 min

In this episode, the guys introduce the newest season of the podcast: 2021 Oscar Bait. What does that mean? Well, this season we'll be reading and discussing the (likely?) Best Adapted Screenplay nominees for 2021. The adaptations include 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom', 'Nomadland', 'One Night in Miami', 'News of the World', and 'The Father'. The conversation ranges from why we decided to take on this season, what excites us most about the upcoming adaptations, and whether or not Erik has an unhealthy relationship with 'Entourage'. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Feb 5

33 min 35 sec

In this episode, the guys discuss the 1998 novel 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' and its feature film adaptation released in 2002. The novel was written by J.K. Rowling and was adapted for the screen by Steve Kloves, directed by Chris Columbus, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Kenneth Branaugh, John Cleese, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Alan Rickman, and Maggie Smith. The conversation ranges from the changes made in the film, where the book and film stand in comparison with the rest of the series, and why there aren't more boosters for Quidditch athletics. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. We want to find more fine listeners like yourself, but we can't do it without your help. All you have to do is listen, rate, & review! Find us elsewhere on the internet for more content --> Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Feb 1

59 min 23 sec

One last conversation before we bid adieu to 2020, a year I think we all would like to forget. But nonetheless, we discuss our Top 3's. Our favorite movies, books, and Lit to Lens episodes of the year. Cheers to 2020, may 2021 be infinitely better. Happy New Year! Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Jan 1

30 min 57 sec

In this episode, the guys in discuss the 1998 novel, 'The Orchid Thief', and its aptly named feature film adaptation, 'Adaptation', released in 2002. The novel 'The Orchid Thief', written by Susan Orlean, was adapted for the screen by Charlie (and Donald) Kaufman, directed by Spike Jonze, and stars Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, and Chris Cooper with cameos from John Malkovich, Maggie Gyllenhaal, John Cusack, Curtis Hanson, and David O. Russell. The conversation covers from the big changes made in the film including Charlie Kaufman's voice-over, the addition of Donald Kaufman, Susan Orlean's extended character arc, and whether the word "meta" can be stated too many times in one episode. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Jan 1

1 hr 14 min

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Dec 2020

40 sec

In this episode, Mr. Charlie joins the guys in discussing the 2009 novel, 'Inherent Vice' and its feature film adaptation of the same name in 2014. The novel, written by Thomas Pynchon, was adapted for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson (Writer/Director) and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio del Toro, and Martin Short. The conversation in this episode ranges from the changes made in the film including the addition of Sortilège's narration, the importance of the mystery propelling the narrative, casting choices, and whether you should smoke Red Apple cigarettes. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Dec 2020

1 hr 26 min

In this episode, the guys discuss the 2004 novel, "Cloud Atlas", which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and eventually adapted into a feature film of the same name in 2012. The novel, written by David Mitchell, was written for the screen by The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, directed by The Wachowskis and Tom Twyker, and stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant. The conversation in this episode ranges from the changes made in the film including the stark difference in the narrative structure, the over-inclusion of love, themes of cannibalism, and if Jim Sturgess breathes too much. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Nov 2020

1 hr 54 min

In this episode, a longstanding disagreement gets resolved. Mr. Erik and Mr. Charles stand at opposite ends of the 83rd Academy Awards Best Picture debate. On one side is The Social Network, backed by Mr. Erik, while on the other side is film that ultimately took home the ultimate prize, The King's Speech, backed by Mr. Charles. The two discuss the significant impact each film has had on their lives, their worthiness the Best Picture recognition, why each film was so good, and, finally, ask the important question: Do these awards really even matter? Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Oct 2020

1 hr 25 min

In this episode the guys discuss the 2011 novel, "The Devil All the Time", which was adapted into a film of the same name for Netflix in September 2020. The novel, written by Donald Ray Pollock, was written for the screen by Antonio and Paulo Campos, directed by Antonio Campos, and stars Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Jason Clarke, Sebastian Stan, Riley Keough, Bill Skarsgard, Haley Bennett, and Mia Wasikowska. The conversation in this episode ranges from the changes made in the film including the addition and subtraction of certain character plots, the gruesome nature of the story, and the potential that the movie unfortunately didn't live up to. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Sep 2020

1 hr 14 min

In this episode the guys discuss the 2009 novel, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal", which was adapted the following year into the highly-celebrated film, "The Social Network". The novel, written by Ben Mezrich, was adapted for the big screen by The King Of Speeches Aaron Sorkin, and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, Justin Timberlake, and Rooney Mara. The conversation ranges from the changes made in the film, including narrative restructuring, Zuckerberg's motivations for creating Facebook, and whether or not Erik likes chairs with armrests. Listen to the episode for yourself and let us know which you enjoyed more, the book or the movie. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Sep 2020

1 hr 16 min

In this episode the guys discuss the Netflix adaptation of the 2014 novel "Bird Box". Written by Josh Malerman, the novel was adapted for the small screen in 2018, and stars Sandra Bullock, John Malkovich, Trevante Rhodes, and Sarah Paulson. The conversation ranges from the problems writing and adapting a dual-narrative structure, confusing aspects in the film adaptation, and other goodies from the film. Listen to the episode for yourself and decide whether or not you'd like to be stuck in a box with a bunch of birds. That's what happens in this film, right? We don't really know. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Sep 2020

1 hr 38 min

In this episode the guys discuss the novel "To All The Boys I've Loved Before". The 2014 novel by Jenny Han spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list for Young Adult Fiction, before it was adapted by Netflix in 2018 into a film directed by Susan Johnson and starring Lana Candor and Noah Centineo. Our conversation ranges from the unique circumstances that thrust the narrative forward, the change in Peter Kavinsky's likability, and common romance tropes which ring loudly throughout. Hopefully listening to this episode will prevent you from having secret letters sent out to your former crushes. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Jul 2020

1 hr 14 min

In this episode, the guys discuss the Haruki Murakami short story "Barn Burning", and its 2018 film adaptation, "Burning", directed by Lee Chang-dong. The conversation ranges from the ambiguous nature of Murakami brought to screen, social class divides, and whether or not Ben (played by Steven Yeun) is a serial killer. Hopefully listening to this episode will prevent you from burning down barns or greenhouses. No promises though. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: www.littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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May 2020

1 hr 25 min

In this episode the guys chat with Neil Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of "Clarkesworld". The popular (and three-time Hugo-award winning) monthly science fiction and fantasy magazine has hosted stories from the likes of N.K. Jemisin, Ken Liu, and Jeff VanderMeer, among many other great writers. It's also become a showcase for some great artists, as well. The conversation ranges from the seeds that sprouted Clarkesworld, the struggles with gaining a foothold in the literary community, and the efforts being taken to include science fiction stories from all over the world. Of course, we ask Neil to give us his favorite (and least favorite) sci-fi film adaptations. Give it a listen! If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: @littolens Instagram: @littolens Blog: littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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May 2020

53 min 46 sec

In this episode the guys chat with Trevor Quachri, editor of "Analog" the perennial classic science fiction (and fact) magazine which has published stories from the likes of Frank Herbert, Joe Haldeman, Orson Scott Card, among many others. The conversation ranges from the magazine's beginnings as "Astounding," science fiction's expanded role today, the genre's diversity issues, and some of Trevor's favorite adaptations. If you have time, please rate and review! We want to find more listeners like you! Twitter: twitter.com/littolens Instagram: instagram.com/littolens Blog: littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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May 2020

56 min 20 sec

In this episode, the guys discuss the classic science fiction novel and its less-classic film adaptation, released in 2005. We talk narration/voice over, the lack of central narrative, gooey love triangle's, and Zooey Deschanel's online shopping habits. Hopefully listening to this episode won't make you as depressed as our friend Marvin here. No promises though. If you like what you hear, please rate and review us! It helps us find new listeners. Twitter: twitter.com/littolens Instagram: instagram.com/littolens Blog: littolensblog.wordpress.com Email: littolens@gmail.com

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Apr 2020

1 hr 9 min

In the second episode of our fifth season (all classic sci-fi if you haven't figured that out already) we discuss Solaris. The gist: it's the story of a planet that fucks with your mind. The novel, written by Stanislaw Lem, has been adapted thrice (!) but we focus our conversation on the 1972 Russian film, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, and the 2002 film, directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring George Clooney. There's a lot to unpack here but don't worry, we brought our box cutters. Come for a conversation about the limits of human knowledge; stay for a discussion of Clooney's booty. Take a listen.

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Apr 2020

1 hr 19 min

The Pod is back, baby. In this episode Erik and Will kick-off Season 5 (Classic Sci-Fi) by discussing the recent film adaptation of the famed H.G. Wells novel, 'The Invisible Man'. Hope you tune in.

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Mar 2020

58 min 48 sec

Erik and Will have Christa Avampato back on to discuss the publication of her first novel, 'Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters'. Christa talks with the guys about the difficulties of the publication process, the importance of having the rights to her own work, and what's next for Emerson Page.

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Nov 2017

56 min 36 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film ‘It' and its eponymous source material by Stephen King. Erik embarrassingly stumps Will in this week's quiz question. Will gets something off his chest, and Erik delves deep into the crazy world of Stephen King's novel and compares it against the relatively well-received film adaptation. Listen and enjoy.

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Oct 2017

59 min 31 sec

Erik and Will have their roommate Corey on to discuss the film ‘The Dark Tower’ and part of it’s source material ‘The Gunslinger’. They discuss their frustrations with how the film played out, how much of the seven (eight?) novels was fit into the 95-minute film, and if it’s possible to make a good adaptation of the Stephen King series. He who does not listen to this podcast has forgotten the face of his father. Listen and enjoy.

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Aug 2017

57 min 13 sec

Will and Erik drop into Fantom Comics in Washington, D.C. to talk to Jake, an avid comic book reader and cinephile. Erik and Will ask Jake about how he got into reading comics, what some of his favorites are, and how comic book film adaptations can often fall short.

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Aug 2017

54 min 29 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film ‘V for Vendetta’ and it’s eponymous graphic novel source material. They talk about the differences between the film and the graphic novel, the morality of V, and the story’s themes of fascism, anarchy, chaos, and rebuilding. Will quizzes Erik on director James McTeigue’s other work. Listen and enjoy.

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Jul 2017

46 min 13 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film ‘Watchmen’ and it’s eponymous graphic novel source material. They discuss the impact of graphic novels on the film industry, what makes this graphic novel such a classic, and why the film didn’t live up to expectations. Erik quizzes Will on which A-list directors were attached to direct before Zack Snyder signed on to direct. Listen and enjoy.

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Jun 2017

53 min 40 sec

Erik and Will discuss the adaptation news of the week. Then the boys share their thoughts on the new trailers for ‘The Mountain Between Us’ and ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, Carey Mulligan starring in a Vietnam war film, Julia Roberts coming to HBO, and Jeff VanderMeer comparing the first cut of ’Annihilation’ to ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. As always, shout out to Shia LaBeouf.

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Jun 2017

23 min 46 sec

Erik and Will discuss the adaptation news of the week. Then the boys share their thoughts on the new ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 trailer, Jessica Chastain set to star as Ingrid Bergman, and another Margaret Atwood adaptation (this time for Netflix). Shout out Shia.

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May 2017

25 min 4 sec

Erik and Will discuss the adaptation news of the week. Then the boys share their thoughts on Tom Hardy starring in 'Venom', the new Amazon 'best-seller' list for books, and Shia LaBeouf starring as John McEnroe. Shia, we love you. Come on L2L.

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May 2017

30 min 10 sec

Erik and Will discuss the adaptation news of the week. Then the boys share their thoughts on Tom Hanks, who is set to produce and star in an adaptation of 'News of the World'; the abortion novel 'This is Jane' gets acquired by Amazon; and whether Chris Pratt is a movie star. Guess what? He is. Associated Links: https://theringer.com/chris-pratt-movie-star-leading-man-guardians-of-the-galaxy-99a6cb775e8c http://www.tracking-board.com/tom-hanks-to-produce-and-star-in-fox-2000s-adaptation-of-news-of-the-world/ http://www.tracking-board.com/amazon-acquires-spec-this-is-jane-about-chicago-abortion-service/

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May 2017

21 min 36 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and its eponymous graphic novel source material. They discuss the impact of graphic novels on the film industry, how it might be different adapting a graphic novel to film vs. a literary novel, and the issue of “whitewashing” in Hollywood. Will quizzes Erik about the infidelities of director Rupert Sanders, and they each make their picks on which they thought was better. Listen and enjoy.

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Apr 2017

43 min 37 sec

Erik and Will discuss the 89th Academy Awards with two very special guests, their roommates. After completing an Oscar draft, the picks are reviewed for the major eight categories. Erik quizzes the guests on previous Oscar knowledge, front-runners and dark horses are revealed, and a discussion unfolds on where the films of this year will find their place in history. Listen and enjoy.

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Feb 2017

1 hr 13 min

Erik and Will discuss the film “Silence”, after reading it's eponymous source material. They discuss themes of faith, suffering, and torture, how using silence as a film technique is effective, and why the film didn’t get more love from the Academy Awards nominations. Plus, Erik schools Will in this episode's quiz. Listen and enjoy.

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Jan 2017

55 min 2 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film “Fences”, after reading it's eponymous source material. They discuss the allegory and themes behind fences, the dynamic of the familial relationships between the characters, and the chances it has come Oscar night. Plus, Erik schools Will in Fences movie/play trivia. Listen and enjoy.

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Jan 2017

45 min 27 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film “Arrival”, after reading its source material: the short story "Story of Your Life", written by Ted Chiang. They discuss the theme of free will versus determinism, the film's chances at the Oscars, and Will schools Erik in MTV Movie Award trivia once again. Listen and enjoy.

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Nov 2016

50 min 27 sec

The guys at Lit to Lens are excited to present you with their very first interview...ever. Erik and Will bring in Christa Avampato, author of the YA novel "Where the Light Enters". Erik and Will talk with Christa about her debut novel, writing to a young adult audience, balancing creative life with work life, and what it's like trying to get published. Side note: there was a child screaming towards the end of the interview. Don't worry, the kid was fine. (We checked.) Enjoy!

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Nov 2016

59 min 7 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film “Holes” after reading it's eponymous source material. They discuss Shia LaBeouf’s acting career, destiny, and the roles of adults in Young Adult fiction. Plus, Will schools Erik in MTV Movie Awards trivia, and they both try their hands at rapping the Holes them song. Listen and enjoy.

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Nov 2016

41 min 55 sec

In our second episode, Erik and Will discuss the film "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" after reading it's eponymous source material. They talk being a freshmen in high school, sexuality, and abuse. Plus, Will wants to know if Erik has ever eaten pot brownies. Listen to find out.

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Sep 2016

47 min 31 sec

Erik and Will discuss the film "Me and Early and the Dying Girl", after reading its eponymous source material. They discuss high school cliques, first loves, and the art of film making. Plus, Erik wants to know if Will can kick people in the head like Earl. Listen to find out.

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Aug 2016

33 min 41 sec