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Dream Literary Roles of Oscar Isaac

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We’re big fans of Oscar Isaac over here at Quirk HQ, so it’s only fitting that we celebrate him in the most joyful way we know how: by dream casting him in all of our favorite books. We already know that he’s a literary darling; just look at his work in Robin Hood, Annihilation, and the upcoming Dune adaptation. But what would an Oscar Isaac romcom be like? Or a horror movie? Grab a book and dive on in!

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Book Recs Based on Favorite Movie Makers

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Last year The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (you know, the people behind the Oscars) declared the second Saturday of February Global Movie Day, and with the second anniversary coming up tomorrow, we wanted to celebrate the power of movies and the movers and shakers behind those films that inspire and connect people across the globe.

Now, there are countless directors, writers, producers, actors, editors, and other movie makers that have left an obvious impact on the film industry, whether that be in their genre, their country, what have you, but here’s a select few as well as book recommendations for each to hold you off until feature film releases become a norm again and you can enjoy their next big movie.

Posted by Gabrielle Bujak

Horror Novels That Deserve a TV Adaptation

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Fans of The Silence of the Lambs are chomping at the bit to watch the new television series, Clarice, which is based on the hit horror series by Thomas Harris. After the success of TV’s Hannibal, we can see why fans are excited. Honestly, there are a ton of great horror novels that deserve a TV adaptation. Here’s a list of a few of our top picks!

Posted by Sandra Woolf

Our Favorite Pop Culture about the Groundhog Day Phenomenon

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Happy Groundhog Day everyone! Not only is this the original silly holiday, it’s also the perfect opportunity to geek out about one of our favorite plot devices in pop culture: the Groundhog Day phenomenon. It’s that iconic – and deliciously frustrating – experience of watching someone get stuck in a time loop, and the fascinating process of getting unstuck. 

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

The Literary Roles of Kerry Washington

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It’s the incomparable Kerry Washington’s birthday on January 31 and we are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating her on the blog. Washington has been a favorite of ours for years, starting with her iconic roles in Ray and Save the Last Dance. And while scenes from Scandal live rent-free in our brains, we loved seeing her shine the musical The Prom on Netflix alongside icon Meryl Streep. Today, we’re looking back at her literary roles. Because if there’s one thing we love more than Kerry Washington, it’s books. 

Posted by Danielle Mohlman

Middle Grade Books for Aspiring Screenwriters and Filmmakers

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When the end credits of a movie roll, it’s easy to walk out of the theater, exit the streaming service or app, or eject the blu-ray/DVD. It’s rare for viewers to sit through end credits or even take note of the names in the earlier part of the film, but in recent years there’s been a trend with including entertaining credits, especially end ones, to keep audiences occupied. This is most relevant in big-budget movies like the MCU films (no wonder, as audiences are expected to sit through the credits for a final after credits scene) and animated films that utilize the credits to play around with the movie’s art style, and kudos for them. These credits are a small step towards casual viewers noting the names of all the people who have contributed their time, skills, and efforts to the making of the movie.

January 5th is National Screenwriters Day, created to celebrate and honor the work of all the screenwriters who can get left in the shadows of the directors. Yes, the director is obviously an important and major figure in bringing a film to life, but those who script the film are just as crucial in the movie making process. This list is for all those aspiring screenwriters and other filmmakers, from editors to camera operators to producers, who have big plans for the future and the now. May these middle grade reads inspire you to pursue your dreams and continue creating movies that make you happy.

Posted by Gabrielle Bujak