Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Film Adaptability of Various Novels

Posted: 27th March 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Film

Here are some novels I’ve read recently, and my thoughts about how easily they could be adapted to screenplays. Cat Out of Hell, Lynne Truss — There is quite a bit of action that is directly adaptable.  The novel is presented as a mish-mash of formats, including interview transcripts, emails, and descriptions of photographs.  All […]

Gun Sale!

Posted: 17th March 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Fiction, Firearms, Gardening, Hiking, Outdoors, Photography, Television

I finished Elantris.  The characters that seemed so unrealistic and two-dimensional became much more realistic and grew to have more depth than my initial impression at the beginning of the story.  I’m glad I finished it, because I did quite enjoy it, though I would still say it’s not Brandon Sanderson’s best work.  I also […]

Nobody Knows Anything

Posted: 19th February 2019 by Cheap in Film, Filmmaking

From an NPR article, Are Movies Getting Better? The famous screenwriter William Goldman had a saying about the ability of the movie studios to predict what would be a critical or commercial success: “Nobody knows anything.” Waldfogel calls this “Goldman’s Law,” The methodology described in the article to arrive at its conclusion is flawed, but […]

Ultra-Wide Angle

Posted: 30th January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Filmmaking, Firearms, Gardening, Hunting, Peppers, Photography

I finally own the so-called “Holy Trinity” of Canon zoom lenses.  I acquired my original Canon EOS camera outfit, including the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200 f/2.8 lenses, in 2005.  Since then, I have wanted to round out my lens collection with a 16-35mm ultra-wide angle zoom lens.  It isn’t useful for model photography, so it […]

Skyward

Posted: 6th January 2019 by Cheap in Camping, Cycling, Fiction, Filmmaking, Outdoors, Television, Travel, Writing

When I had first heard about Skyward, it seemed interesting, but I ultimately decided not to read it.  Brandon Sanderson is an amazing author who has become one of my favorites, and the description of the story was definitely interesting, but when I found out it was YA fiction, I decided to pass.  My recent […]

Unrealistic Characters

Posted: 4th January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Writing

I am just starting Elantris, which is Brandon Sanderson’s first published novel.  I’m not ready to call his characters two-dimensional, but let’s say they are simple.  This is a subject that concerns me, because it I find it to be one of the major factors in making or breaking the quality a novel.  I have […]

Doctor Zhivago

Posted: 1st January 2019 by Cheap in Fiction, Film

I was young when I first saw Doctor Zhivago.  It would be fair to say that I didn’t really understand it.  Primarily, I remember a series of visuals, and perhaps the music.  I had watched it a few times since. It wasn’t until this year (well, last year now) that I read the book (the […]

The End of e-Books

Posted: 18th December 2018 by Cheap in Cuisine, Fiction, Filmmaking, Television

I have been watching a fair amount of Netflix television, the sort that comes as a single season of four to eight episodes, once referred to as a miniseries.  A lot of them have been smart murder mysteries and/or political thrillers, and a lot of them have come from the UK or Australia.  Mindhunter, Secret […]

The Devil Wears Prada

Posted: 2nd December 2018 by Cheap in Fiction

It is usually the case that “the book was better,” but not in the case of The Devil Wears Prada. Actually, the novel and the film are very similar, and the film is a rather faithful rendition of the book.  However, the end was subtly different, resulting in a profoundly better story. The Devil Wears […]

Some Strong Female Characters

Posted: 2nd December 2018 by Cheap in Fiction

There is more than one kind of strong female character.  It would not do justice to them to attempt to categorize them. That said, there is one strong female character I find to be cheap and cliché: female characters who behave like men, especially stereotypically stoic men.  I’m not saying such that’s wrong, or that […]