Why Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is so difficult to be adapted into a movie

This could easily be a one sentence post.

Because it’s Frank Herbert’s Dune.

But, well, let’s elaborate on that. Continue reading

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The most “literary” cemeteries in the world

Even if it sounds a bit morbid, some people are into visiting the graves of famous people. Well, there are some cemeteries who have quite the “collection” of famous authors buried there. Continue reading

How to promote your book

There’s no doubt about the fact that the publishing world has changed a lot in the past decade. From the shit to the e-book to the fact that taking the self-publishing route is no longer frowned upon, it seems that nowadays publishing a book is easier than ever. Yet, the most difficult thing seems to be finding readers.

How you go about promoting your book? Do you have to be a social media specialist? A PR expert?

The answer to that question is simple: as long as you are willing to try new things and learn and adapt along the way, you’ll do just fine. As a matter of fact, you can successfully promote your book with a minimum financial effort.

Here are seven ideas on how to promote your book. Continue reading

Book Review: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk

Today’s post for TheMidnightMuse reminded me of this gem of a novel by Chuck Palahniuk, who is probably the literary equivalent of a method actor. He meticulously researches his books.

But this novel is different. This one’s about the artistic process, one I think this author is both familiar with and also terribly good at explaining it.

Diary is the story of Misty Wilmot, a waitress. Yeah, she was once a promising painter, but now she’s just there, not dead yet, but not quite alive either. But when her husband tries to kill himself (and fails), she finds out that she hasn’t yet lost her talent. That’s basically the premise of this story. More or less. Yeah, there’s a plot twist towards the end, ’cause that’s Chuck’s specialty. And yeah, we’ve got strange characters doing strange things in a strange world. Continue reading

TMM: 13 Writing Tips from Chuck Palahniuk

Rules, advice, tips and tricks. They are all important to any creative individual. The guideline. The cardboard box. There to show you what keeps other individuals inspired and motivated and hungry. Also there to let you know that some rules can be bent or broken or ignored.

Here you can find 13 Writing Tips from the author of Fight Club.

Famously banned books

Censorship. Probably the most hated word by creative individuals. Books have always been used by the oppressed as a means to fight the oppressor. Also, books have always been the weapon of choice for those who had an opinion different than that shared by the vast majority. But all this also meant that lot of books have been banned throughout history.

Here’s a list of famously banned books. Continue reading

Lost and Found

Contrary to popular belief, even the most famous of writers had their fair share of rejection. Or, even more difficult to believe, they forgotĀ  having written them in the first place. Or simply didn’t bother to finish writing them.

Here are some books that were lost, only to be found many, many years later. Continue reading