Page to Screen: Once Upon a Time — Season One (2011)

Once Upon a Time: Season One
based on various fairy tales

It’s really amazing that I didn’t pick up Once Upon a Time as soon as it started airing, given my status as a Disney freak and a general sucker for women with swords. But I didn’t realize ABC was exploiting its Disney connection to the hilt until I heard Jamie Chung had been cast as Mulan and then, after spending time with my friend Anna from high school who loves the show, I decided it was time to catch up for the second season. Which translated into binging the first season in a single weekend while cackling, screaming, and, yes, crying.

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Page to Screen: Game of Thrones — Season One (2011)

Game of Thrones
based on 
A Game of Thrones by George. R. R. Martin

I first heard about Game of Thrones a little after the show went into production—it was my introduction to Martin as a whole, although rumors of the series had reached me in my usual fannish activities. (I’m remembering an article celebrating Brienne that was my main impression for quite some time.) From there, I dove into the books a year before the show actually aired, and now I’m desperately hoarding A Dance with Dragons until I hear news of the sixth book and playing Russian roulette with spoilers on the Internet. While it was the show that introduced me to the books, I’m technically a book-firster. So how does the first season of the show compare to the book?

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The Sunday Salon: The Texts I Come From

At the beginning of the month, Malinda Lo put up a very interesting post in the wake of Maurice Sendak’s death. While she herself never read Where the Wild Things Are as a kid, it made her think about the books that she connected with as a child. The title of the post, “The Books I Come From”, is absolutely brilliant, so, obviously, I decided to copy it. But the thing is… I actually didn’t read a lot as a kid. (Your disappointment in wee Clare cannot compete with my own.) So none of them are actually books—but if you boiled me down, these texts are, honestly, probably the main components.
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The Sunday Salon: Elementary

Let’s face it, Sherlock Holmes has rarely been a hotter commodity than at this moment—sure, he’s always been around, but he seems inescapable at the moment. We’ve got a successful film franchise gearing up for its third entry, to say nothing of the smash hit of Sherlock. Everybody and their mom watches it, the fandom is so ravenous that the production team can’t keep up, and it’s won awards. It’s so popular that CBS has decided to slice up a piece of the Holmesian pie for themselves in their very own Sherlock Holmes show, Elementary, coming to television screens this fall. We got our first look at the show on Thursday, and, guys… I’m concerned.

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The Sunday Salon: Game of Thrones

While my college is awesome and superior and all that (name another school with a sisterhood that bears Black Rings of Power—I dare you), it is quite small—any amazing event on campus is naturally open to the public. Ten minutes away, however, lies Emory, where, you may recall, I attended a lecture by the magnificent Margaret Atwood. On Thursday, my friend Natalya, to whom I owe Herculean favors now, invited me to a pre-screening of the first episode of Game of Thrones, HBO’s television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.

Needless to say, it was amazing. I will do my best to avoid spoilers, but I can’t promise one hundred percent accuracy.

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Page to Screen: Sherlock – Season One (2010)

based on the Sherlock Holmes canon by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Fandom, thou cruel mistress. Over the summer, everyone in the Doctor Who fandom turned their attention to Steven Moffat’s newest project, Sherlock. To a woman, they loved it–and thus began my desperate attempts to plug my ears until it came Stateside, no matter how tempting or lovely the outpouring of fanworks looked. (Sometimes the old Anglophilia is a curse.) But finally, I got a chance to see it; during the end of October and beginning of November, PBS aired all three episodes of Sherlock’s first season. (American television seasons are, naturally, foreign to British television; a season or series of Sherlock is composed of three ninety-minute stories.)

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