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Stories Thick and Thin

A story which fails to satisfy is said to be “thin.” This implies that there is a thickness or density of fictional effect – a sense of gravitas – that we find desirable as readers and need to achieve as writers. But how? And of what does this density consist? One answer would be that…
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The Greatest Movies Never Made

It’s said that only bad books make good movies. I’ve never believed it myself. It’s true that certain types of popular novels make stunning movies: The Godfather, Psycho, Giant. Whether the original books in these cases (by, respectively, Mario Puzo, Robert Bloch, and Edna Ferber) are “bad” is debatable: if a book has a terrific…
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