Unit 6 – Literature and Film (“The New Language Leader”)

Interesting / Relevant Articles:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/history-loving-read?mbid=social_facebook

Book to Screen Adaptions:

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/10-biggest-hit-book-big-248169/1-schindlers-list

http://www.shortlist.com/entertainment/films/40-best-film-adaptations

http://www.buzzfeed.com/ariellecalderon/books-to-movies-2015#.lsZywlRG2

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’:

1974 Film trailer (Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern and Sam Waterston): 

2013 Film trailer (Directed by Baz Luhrmann.  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton and Isla Fischer).

Is Reading the New Therapy?

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/is-reading-the-new-therapy?mbid=social_facebook

Breaking into the film industry – Scriptwriters

http://www.theguardian.com/careers/careers-blog/film-industry-careers

‘Pulp Fiction’:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/08/how-pulp-fiction-saved-literature.html?source=TDB&via=FB_Page

Reading via Smartphones:

http://www.salon.com/2014/05/14/war_and_peace_on_the_subway_how_your_iphone_is_saving_literature/

Reasons why actual books are better than e-books:

http://mic.com/articles/99408/science-has-great-news-for-people-who-read-actual-books

Food for Thought:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014/04/19/from-moby-dick-to-the-great-gatsby-classic-lit-dishes-brought-to-life-photos.html#10ea7071-532f-4cfd-9cce-5c89713a2db7

Lit Recommendations for Football Fans:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/25/the-literature-of-futbol-11-great-books-about-soccer.html

Patrick Modiano, Winner of 2014 Nobel Prize Winner for Literature:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/10/09/who-the-hell-is-patrick-modiano.html

Günter Grass, Winner of 1999 Nobel Prize for Literature:

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/14/world/europe/gunter-grass-german-novelist-dies-at-87.html?mwrsm=Facebook&fb_ref=Default&_r=0

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/apr/13/gunter-grass-german-nobel-laureate-dies-aged-87

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-greatness-of-gunter-grass

Youtube film trailer of “The Tin Drum” (1979):

Book Tank (to mark World Book Day 2015):

http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2015/03/weapons-of-mass-instruction-book-tank/

Fictional Languages from Literature and Film:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/7-fictional-languages-from-literature-and-film-that-you-can-learn

Vocabulary

Adjectives (synonyms) you can use for writing a review (to describe a book/film):

  • Exciting: thrilling, exhilarating, dramatic, fast-paced, sensational, gripping, intriguing, lively, electrifying, nail-biting, edge of the seat
  • Interesting: fascinating, compelling, absorbing, riveting, engaging, striking, stimulating, engrossing, enthralling
  • Good: brilliant, superb, outstanding, great, exceptional, excellent, favourable, awesome, marvellous, spectacular
  • Bad: atrocious, appalling, dreadful, terrible, awful, lousy, poor, inferior, inadequate, dissatisfactory, rotten
  • Boring: dull, tedious, monotonous, ponderous, mundane, slow-paced
  • Funny: hilarious, humorous, comical, uproarious, entertaining
  • Stupid: crazy, absurd, ridiculous, laughable, dumb, idiotic
  • Nice: pleasant, pleasing, beautiful, lovely, appealing, delightful

Literary devices (terms):

http://literary-devices.com

Surprising facts:

http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/stories/15-words-you-never-knew-came-from-literature

Grammar

Narrative Tenses:

http://www.vivquarry.com/wkshts/narrative.html

http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfectcontinuous.html

Writing a Book / Film Review

http://www.myenglishpages.com/site_php_files/writing-film-book-review.php

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