Bill Skarsgard in ‘It’/Image © Warner Bros.
The run time of the new adaptation of It by Stephen King has fans feeling hopeful about this latest in the King canon. This and more in today’s round-up!
Just how long should a movie adapted from half of an 1,100-page novel be? The answer, apparently, is 135 minutes; that’s the running time for the new It adaptation, which puts it on track to be far longer than the original miniseries starring Tim Curry. The irony is sublime, since Stephen King fans have been grousing about being handed a relatively slim version of “The Dark Tower” (clocking in at ninety-five minutes). This news about “It” is particularly welcome given that the latest trailer underscores a faithfulness to the spirit of the book as well as the catalog of vintage King movies — sort of like a much more violent “Stranger Things.” Just make sure to go to the restroom right before the movie starts, and all will be well.
We may have more to learn from spy fiction than we think — particularly from fiction written by former spies. LitHub takes a look back at novels that turned out to be startlingly prescient in terms of predicting real-life espionage entanglements (including some that we’re currently untangling), because of the authors’ firsthand observation of government skulduggery. “It’s the nature of spies or counterintelligence and of thriller writers to speculate,” the article states, pointing to novels by Ted Allbeury as a particularly potent example, and concluding that current events, frustrating as they are, “may put the espionage novel back at the center of the culture.”
If only more kids had the energy and enthusiasm as eleven-year-old Julia King, whose literary blog Books By Julia began as a way to share book recommendations and reviews for other kids at her school. Several months in, she’s covered everything from Roald Dahl to Chris Colfer to Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with no sign of slowing down. We hope her dad can keep up, since he’s on the hook for a feature at the end of every post called “Daddy’s Afterthoughts.”
Speaking of kids being inspired to fly higher, take a look at this YouTube video made by a pack of kids who want to sell you the latest in Harry Potter broom technology. It’s the kind of charmingly homemade commercial that a kid in the ’80s might have filmed on their parents camcorder, on a tape that would end up sitting in a box in the garage for decades. Thanks to modern technology, that box is now a corner of the internet – maybe more embarrassing in the long term, but inspiring to those of us looking for signs of promise in the latest generation of book lovers. Well done, everyone!
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