The Sunday Salon: Authorial Biopics

In addition to books, I love movies. I thoroughly enjoyed my Introduction to Film Studies class last semester, to the tune of keeping the textbook for further reference. (And I also enjoy having an academic text confirm that yes, loving Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings is just and right. Deep down, we all just want affirmation and approval.) A lot of the time, when these two loves collide, it’s when a novel is adapted into a film—but occasionally it happens when an author’s life is reimagined by screenwriters. (And by “reimagine”, I of course mean “create fanfiction”. We’re all fanfic writers, maaaaaaan.) Hence today’s post, which highlights the last three authorial biopics I’ve seen. (I have seen Anonymous most recently, but… I’m not ready to talk about that. I may never be ready to talk about that.)
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Review: The Sheen on the Silk

The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry

I don’t know much about the Byzantine Empire, I have to say. I learned a little about it in high school, but not as much as I learned about other cultures and civilizations. When I stumbled across The Sheen on the Silk in Publishers Weekly, I smiled–a mystery set in the Byzantine Empire with a heroine disguised as a eunuch? That sounded like a great way to initially acquaint myself with the Byzantine Empire. But The Sheen on the Silk soon revealed that, while it’s flawlessly researched, it shouldn’t be the first novel you read set in the Byzantine Empire.

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