Books vs. Miniseries: 'The Stand'

Column by Christopher Shultz
Does 'The Stand' miniseries do the novel justice, or is it like a bastard, sniveling half-sibling; a disappointment compared to the first-born child?

A Guide to the Literary And Cinematic References in 'Castle Rock'

Column by Christopher Shultz
For anyone needing a deep dive into the Stephen King universe and how it connects to the new Hulu series.

Book vs. Miniseries: "Sharp Objects"

Column by Max Booth III September 11, 2018
Gillian Flynn is amazing and here's why.

The Horror of Roald Dahl

Column by Repo Kempt
Roald Dahl is famous for his beloved children's novels, but his forgotten forays into horror and the strange were equally successful.
Impractical Joker James S. Murray on Debut Novel: "Awakened"

Impractical Joker James S. Murray on Debut Novel: "Awakened"

Interview by Joshua Chaplinsky
The comedian and television star discusses writing the first book of his intended trilogy.

How 'Krypton' Keeps Things Interesting

Column by BH Shepherd
How 'Krypton' manages to tell a prequel story that isn't predictable.

Wonderful and Strange: Twin Peaks — The Literary Tie-Ins

Column by Bart Bishop
On the one-year anniversary of 'The Return', a look back at the books that have expanded on the deeper mysteries of 'Twin Peaks'.

Book vs. Television: Altered Carbon

Column by BH Shepherd
A critical comparison of Netflix's "Altered Carbon" adaptation and the source material.

What Made 'Roseanne' Great

Column by Peter Derk February 28, 2018
'Roseanne' is returning to TV at the end of March. Can the new season live up to the old? Did we get our fill of the Conners, or do we need them now more than ever?

'Veronica Mars' Should Continue…In Book Form

Column by Meredith Borders February 12, 2018
Sure, we’d all love another movie. But where the once-teen detective really shines these days is on the page.

Netflix's 'The Punisher': Aggressively Average

Column by BH Shepherd December 5, 2017
A look at how faithful the new Punisher Netflix series is to its original source material.

'Discovery' vs. 'The Orville': Who Treks Better?

Column by BH Shepherd November 17, 2017
A comparative look at the two new shows trying to carry on the Star Trek legacy.

The Walking Dead Pilot: Saying Hello Again to "Days Gone Bye"

Column by Fred Venturini October 20, 2017
A craft-based look at The Walking Dead pilot, "Days Gone Bye," examining how time, silence, and intelligent storytelling choices helped create a launching pad for one of the most popular shows on TV.

Breaking Worse? The 'Ozark' Pilot Treads Dark Territory

Column by Fred Venturini
In this breakdown of the "Ozark" pilot, Fred Venturini breaks down how the episode sets milestones for the series, sets an aggressive pace, and uses characterization to build tension.

The Defenders: Defeated by Dull Writing

Column by BH Shepherd
An examination of how "The Defenders" failed to become more than the sum of its parts.

Book vs. Television: What TV's Sheriff Longmire Is Doing Wrong

Column by David Cranmer August 10, 2017
In an age of emphasis on law enforcement tactics, we take a look at the page to screen evolution of Walt Longmire, with expressed concern for the marshal's cavalier approach to policing.

Brace Yourselves: A Breakdown of the Game of Thrones Pilot, "Winter is Coming"

Column by Fred Venturini July 14, 2017
The Game of Thrones pilot, "Winter is Coming," packs a sprawling, fantasy epic into a tight sixty-one minutes featuring distinct and interesting settings and characters.

Want a Masterclass in Character Development? Better Call Saul!

Column by Fred Venturini May 25, 2017
Better Call Saul's pilot, "Uno," focuses on building characters in surprising and patient ways, emphasizing the creation of curiosity over providing the audience with exposition.

Background Noise: The Netflix Category Every Writer Desperately Needs

Column by Max Booth III
Increase your productivity by watching Netflix.

Five Storytelling Tips I Learned from Watching 'The Bachelor'

Column by Christoph Paul April 11, 2017
Five examples of how reality TV Shows 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' showed me how to write better stories.

The Violence Yet to Come: Breaking Down the 'Taboo' Pilot

Column by Fred Venturini March 31, 2017
A craft-based look at the pilot episode of FX's 'Taboo.'

Vampire Love is the Best Kind

Column by Stephanie Bonjack February 10, 2017
Let's be honest: nothing compares to vampire love.

Pilot Breakdown: Beauty and Disarray in Westworld's 'The Original'

Column by Fred Venturini February 2, 2017
A craft-based look at Westworld's pilot, "The Original."

What 'Westworld' Can Teach Us About Writers

Column by BH Shepherd December 2, 2016
What the characters of "Westworld," some of them writers, can teach us about writers.