Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood recently found a new, expanded life as a novelization. The 2019 Tarantino flick about Hollywood in ’69 is polarizing. But whether you loved or loathed the director’s choice to re-write history, one thing is certain–this film got a lot of people talking. So why aren’t they talking more about the novelization of the film?
Novelizations are screenplay-to-novel adaptations. Nowadays, they are usually rare artifacts reserved for the nerdiest in franchise fandom. When you just can’t enough of your favorite film you can dive back into that world via the novelization, which exists in order to produce another revenue stream for the studios. Milk that IP, baby. But hey, there are actually some surprisingly good novelizations of both classic and modern films.
James Ellroy is bringing American Tabloid to the podcast platform Audio Up in a 12-part series. This may surprise some, but the author of noir crime classics The Black Dahlia and L.A. Confidential is becoming familiar with adapting his own work to the podcast format. Earlier this year, Ellroy began working on a podcast called Hollywood Death Trip, also for Audio Up. Now he’s bringing American Tabloid to the streamer and it is sure to be a ranging banger–and a long-awaited one, too. Ellroy fans have been teased over the years with attempted film adaptations by David Fincher, Bruce Willis, Tom Hanks, and James Franco.
The best book covers are magnetic. They draw us in, commanding the helpless consumer to heed the call: YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. Will the helpless consumer obey or will they scroll past the book released in 2021 to cultivate their intellect with a more rarefied choice? Maybe something by a dead Russian author with an unpronounceable name? Readers are viewers first and whether or not people give a new release the time of day depends on the cover art. Period. Since we’re only halfway through the year these are the 21 best book covers of 2021 (so far)…in no particular order. Let’s hope the rest of the year’s book covers are as good as these.
Dr. Tony Brooks is a warrior, chiropractor, entrepreneur, and author. Now there’s a rare combo! Leave No Man Behind is the title of this former U.S. Army Ranger’s new book, but it’s also his mantra.
A story of perseverance, courage, and patriotism behind the 75th Ranger Regiment’s rescue mission following one of the deadliest Special Ops incidents in Afghanistan. A grueling search for twelve Navy SEAL casualties and eight downed Night Stalkers… with one lone survivor