The Two Towers

Today, Lise and Kevin take up where they left off when they looked at The Fellowship of the Rings, with The Two Towers, written by J. R. R. Tolkien and published in 1954, and made into the 2002 film directed by Peter Jackson and written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Stephen Sinclair, and Peter Jackson.

And for some fun Two Towers-themed songs, please enjoy The Towers Are the Players and the epic Mashed Taters.

The Fellowship of the Ring

Lise and Kevin show off their geek cred by examining The Fellowship of the Ring, the first book of The Lord of the Rings series, written by J. R. R. Tolkien and published in 1954, and brought to the big screen in 2001, with a screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Peter Jackson, and directed by Peter Jackson.

And here is another review of book vs. movie from Marge T. Large Reviews. 


The Da Vinci Code

Lise and Kevin dump (rightly) on the 2003  book The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, made into a film in 2006, written by Akiva Goldsman and directed by Ron Howard.

Here’s a sampling of the websites we looked at about Dan Brown’s writing:

The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown’s 20 worst sentences

A Reddit thread asking why people hate Dan Brown

A marginalia dialogue about the shortcomings of Dan Brown’s Inferno

And if you’d like to get your own set of Critical Thinking Cards to help you spot the logical fallacies and cognitive biases of Dan Brown’s writing, you can get them here.

The Virgin Suicides

Lise, Kevin, and special guest Kolleen Hoepfner take on Jeffrey Eugenides’s 1993 debut novel The Virgin Suicides, made into a movie written and directed by Sofia Coppola in 2000.

For more about why Lise is so dead-set against Jeffrey Eugenides, here is an article from 2011 anticipating some writerly furor, and here is one from 2012 that recaps that furor.

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