Our Favorite Film Adaptations

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We’ve all heard it before: “Books are always better than the films they’re based on.” The book vs film debate is likely never to be resolved. From the British Vivien Leigh taking on the role of the very southern Scarlett O’Hara to Will Smith portraying a completely different version of Robert Neville in I Am [….]

Book Endings We’d Like to Change

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It’s happened to you before. You’re invested in a great book, in the flux and flow of a twisting plot, of multidimensional characters that make you mad, make you cry, maybe even make you scream out loud. Then, after all the hours you’ve invested in the book, all the possibilities, the hopes, the resolutions that [….]

The Best/Worst Writing Advice We’ve Ever Received

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Everyone has an opinion. Especially writers. We’ve been around enough writers to know that we all have a different approach when it comes to getting a story out. Some like to start at the end, ‘having dessert’ before the main course, (writing your ending before you begin). Some outline. Some would rather cut off their [….]

Fallback Fiction – The books we never, ever tire of reading

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  Ah, books. They’re not like TV shows. Your favorite characters never age; there are no contract negotiations that pull them out of the frame. The goods ones, our favorites, never change yet seem to introduce you to images you may have not noticed on your first read-through. Today the LitStack staff is talking about [….]

The Fictional Places We’d Love to Call Home

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Fiction is an amazing tool of escapism. With it, we dive into worlds that exist only in the writer’s mind, breathing air that is clouded by zombie-forming gas or stars that fall from the sky and walk among us. Today we’re discussing those beloved settings that have inspired us, nurtured us, made us jealous for [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Historical Novels

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There’s something about settings of the past that just grabs us. We love the escapist notion of absolutely disappearing into a world unfamiliar and uncertain to us. Historical fiction does that and sometimes, when we are so lost in the mines of the mountains, in the exotic tragedies of 16th century Asia, our imaginations are [….]

Best/Worst Surprise Endings

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Some authors love to pull whammies on us. Sometimes, there’s nothing better than an evil plot twist, because, well, who doesn’t love a good surprise? They make us think, have us scrambling back through the pages trying to see how we missed the foreshadowing that led us to the endings we didn’t see coming. Then [….]

LitStaff Pick: The Books We Wish We Could Read Again for the First Time

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There’s nothing quite like the first read. Whether it’s a newborn entry into Hogwarts or the initial fright of a truly scary horror or even the first pass of a novel that makes us think and makes us cry, the first read of a great book leaves an impact. This week’s staff pick concerns those [….]