February 22, 2017 • Music, Fiction
If you’re a movie buff – or even if you’re not – you probably know that the world has gone absolutely gaga for La La Land. Everywhere you look, there’s a new article about the casting choices, or the songwriting, or how many Oscars the film will ultimately take home—even articles about which books might get the La La Land treatment and be turned into musicals. We’re all about that trend, but let’s flip the script—here are some books that would make terrible musicals.
December 23, 2016 • Music
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, jolly ol’ Saint Nick and his cast of Christmas-time characters, from Frosty to Grandma’s manslaughtering reindeer, permeate the radio airwaves almost as soon as Halloween ends.
It’s big business! Write a memorable holiday jingle, and you’ll be fa-la-la-la-laughing all the way to the bank. Macca, Mariah & even Irish punk rockers The Pogues, all make close to half a million dollars a year off the royalties of a single holiday song. And don’t forget the cross-media potential: TV specials, first-run movies, fourth-run movies, internet memes… even book deals.
Unless...of course, the book came first.
Can you guess which of these Christmas denizens originated as book characters? Quirk “double-dog-dares ya’” to find out!
February 16, 2016 • Music
When it comes to contemporary literature, the Smiths are pretty much everywhere. Between Charlie listening to “Asleep” on repeat in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Eleanor and Park falling in love with the Smiths blaring in their ears in Eleanor and Park, it seems writers have a thing for referencing the Smiths. Which only makes sense, given how much the Smiths love to allude to literature and writers.
January 29, 2016 • Music, Zombies, Classics
The film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will be hitting theaters next month, six years after the debut of the novel that arguably spawned the entire mashup, steampunk genre. If you’re excited to see Elizabeth Bennett on-screen kissing Mr. Darcy and slaying zombie butt, you’re not alone.
But no film adaptation would be complete without an epic playlist. So get ready to see your classic characters paired with music to fit their new zombie tastes. Scroll to the bottom for the full playlist.