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Noah’s Suprising Relevance Posted at 5:35 PM by Rico Simpkins


This puts me in mind of Howard Curzer’s argument that the current climate crisis bears striking similarities to the beleaguered hero of Genesis:

“Noah is told by a highly creditable source (God) that climate change (40 days and nights of rain) will cause a dramatic rise in sea level (the Flood) which will, in turn, cause enormous loss of life. Noah’s response may provide guidance for us.”

Can’t wait to see it?  We recommend prepping with Margaret Atwood‘s excellent environmental dystopia, The Year of the Flood:

“The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God’s Gardeners–a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life–has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have survived: Ren, a young trapeze dancer locked inside the high-end sex club Scales and Tails, and Toby, a God’s Gardener barricaded inside a luxurious spa where many of the treatments are edible.”

Genre Lit-Flicks Additions Posted at 5:06 PM by Jonathan McDonald


Due to popular demand, we have added a number of new books that have been adapted to film to our Genre Lit-Flicks list! See the full list below, complete with Instant Video links:

Babylon Babies Babylon Babies, by Maurice G. Dantec

Babylon A.D. (2008)

Battlefield Earth Battlefield Earth, by L. Ron Hubbard (hey, you asked for it)

Battlefield Earth (2000)

Different Seasons Different Seasons, by Stephen King

Adaptations of Collected Novellas:
Apt Pupil (1998)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Stand By Me (1986)

The Iron Man: A Story in Five Nights The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes

The Iron Giant (1999)

Legion Legion, by William Peter Blatty

The Exorcist III (1990)

Planet of the Apes Planet of the Apes, by Pierre Boulle

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Planet of the Apes (1974, Television)
Planet of the Apes (2001)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

Red Dragon Red Dragon, by Thomas Harris

Manhunter (1986)
Red Dragon (2002)
Hannibal (2013, Television)

The Stepford Wives The Stepford Wives, by Ira Levin

The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Stepford Wives (2004)

A Stir of Echoes A Stir of Echoes, by Richard Matheson

A Stir of Echoes (1999)
Stir of Echoes 2: Homecoming (2007)

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale We Can Remember It for You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick

Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall 2070 (1999, Television)
Total Recall (2012)

Do you know of more adapted books you want added to our list? Tell us in the comments!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Trailer Posted at 3:58 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

I haven’t read the books, or seen the first film, but this trailer looks pretty damn good if you ask me – and you can’t really argue with that cast. Looks like a trip to Netflix is in order and we’ll soon have another movie to add to our Genre Lit-Flicks list.  What do you think?  Did you like the first book/film?

New Film(!) List: Genre Lit-Flicks Posted at 8:04 AM by Jonathan McDonald


film_seriesAnyone paying close attention to our novel pages today may have noticed a curious thing. Many of our novels now have a section for “Film & Television Adaptations.” This was added to tie into our brand new shiny book list, Genre Lit-Flicks. This begins our project to build what we hope will be the definitive list of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novels adapted for feature films and television. Here are some fun facts to whet your appetite:

Did you know…

…the children’s classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has been adapted a total of three times: once animated, once as live-action for the BBC, and most recently as a special effects extravaganza by Disney?

…John Carpenter’s horror film The Thing (1982) was adapted from the novel Who Goes There?, which also spawned the film The Thing from Another World (1951) and the prequel The Thing (2011)?

…legendary actor Marlon Brando’s most infamous role was in the critically panned The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)?

…the novel The Body Snatchers was adapted four times as Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Body Snatchers (1994), and The Invasion (2007)?

…auteur director Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker was an adaptation of the SF Masterworks novel Roadside Picnic?

…the ur-Horror novel Dracula has been adapted to film so many times we didn’t even try to list them all?

These and many other fun facts await your perusal at the Genre Lit-Flicks list.

But wait… there’s more!

That’s right! In addition to providing our loyal WWEnd members with the most comprehensive and up-to-date list of genre novel adaptations, we are launching a new blog series entitled Hell is Adaptations (series is not yet rated), which will document our ongoing trudge through the mire of Hollywood’s idea of what makes for good genre storytelling.

See any glaring omissions in our list? Think we should add a book to our database that was made into your favorite movie? Let us know in the comments below! Just be aware that we are not planning to add adaptations to the list until they have a theatrical or (shudder) direct-to-DVD release. We do know that World War Z is on its way, thanks…