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Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

Classic Teendaptation #6: Get Over It

July 8, 2020

Get Over It is a 2001 teen adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. This week, Stephanie and Kirstin discuss Kirsten Dunst, teen romance, and overexcited dogs.

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

Classic Teendaptation #5: She’s All That

June 24, 2020

The 1999 film She's All That is an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion...or is it? This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss glasses,  the class system, and disappointment. 

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

Classic Teendaptation #4: Easy A

June 10, 2020

Easy A (2001) is a loose adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss sexual double-standards, intertextual references, and the world's coolest parents.

Check out Kirstin's cool new blog on this series: http://www.kirstinmills.com/blog/teen-movie-adaptations-classic-literature-podcast/

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

Classic Teendaptation #3: Clueless … As if!!!

May 27, 2020

Clueless brings Jane Austen's Emma into the world of a privileged LA teen, and it works perfectly. This week, Stephanie, Kirstin and Jimmy discuss Austen, Heckerling, and routine liposuction.

Macbeth: The Enduring Appeal of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play

Macbeth: The Enduring Appeal of Shakespeare’s Scottish Play

April 15, 2020

Shakespeare's Macbeth is so good that we can't stop thinking about it, or talking about it. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Kirstin discuss the appeal of the Scottish play, as well as the best and worst adaptations.

Double Indemnity: THE Film Noir

Double Indemnity: THE Film Noir

March 18, 2020

Double Indemnity is THE film noir: the film noir that most people think about when they picture the genre. This week, Stephanie and Jimmy discuss twisted relationships, murder, and Barbara Stanwyck's fringe.

Love it or Hate it? The New BBC/Netflix Dracula

Love it or Hate it? The New BBC/Netflix Dracula

January 22, 2020

The new Netflix adaptation has divided audiences: some love it, some hate it. This week, Stephanie and Kirstin give their verdict (spoiler: they neither loved nor hated it!)

Netflix’s adaption of Atwood’s Alias Grace: It may be binge-worthy but is it rant-worthy?

Netflix’s adaption of Atwood’s Alias Grace: It may be binge-worthy but is it rant-worthy?

February 21, 2018

Margaret Atwood's 1996 novel Alias Grace was recently made into a television adaptation, available on Netflix and starring Sarah Gadon as Grace Marks, and produced by Canadian actress Sarah Polley. This week, Stephanie, Michelle and Jimmy discuss the series, focusing on crime, feminism and ambiguous endings (and Stephanie rants a lot). 

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A Killer Obsession: The Latest Adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

A Killer Obsession: The Latest Adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express

November 22, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express is one of Agatha Christie's best-known mysteries, and a new film adaptation directed and starring Kenneth Branagh is in cinemas now. This week, Stephanie, Jimmy and Michelle discuss the novel, the film, and Jimmy's strange serial killer obsession.

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From Former Student to New York Times Bestseller: Liane Moriarty and Big Little Lies

From Former Student to New York Times Bestseller: Liane Moriarty and Big Little Lies

September 6, 2017

Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies was a New York Times bestseller, and now it's an award-nominated HBO series starring Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. That's really exciting for us, as Liane Moriarty is a Macquarie University English Department alumni! This week, Stephanie is joined by Associate Professor Marcelle Freiman, who supervised Liane's first creative work, to discuss the book, the series, and how excited we are to see a promising student become an international sensation. 

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