Four Surprising Facts about Shiloh

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Siloh is one of the most popular children’s books of all time. The book is regularly assigned to school-age children and has been adapted into multiple forms of media, including a feature-length film and a stage play. The book, which was published in 1991, tells the story of a young boy who vows to save an abused dog from his neighbor. The book features complex themes and morals and is sometimes challenged in libraries because of its mature themes. How much do you really know about Shiloh? Let’s take a look at some surprising facts about the original book, its film adaptation, and Shiloh himself.

The book was inspired by real events
The author of the book, Phyllis Naylor, was inspired to write Shiloh based on real life events. While visiting friends in West Virginia, Naylor came across an abused, frightened dog that was following them along a river. After returning home that night, Naylor told her husband that she believed the dog was being abused, questions she asked herself inspired Shiloh: “What if I knew who was abusing it? What if I knew who it belonged to? What if the dog kept running to me?”  The dog was later adopted by Naylor’s friends.

The book has received many honors
The original book earned multiple awards and honors in the field of literature. Its awards include the John Newbery Medal; the Sequoyah Children’s Book Award; the Mark Twain Readers Award; the William Allen White Children’s Book Award; and was included in the 2000 list of Top 100 Children’s Books.

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The book–and film–have sequels
Many readers who were assigned the original book in elementary school may be surprised to learn that both the book and film have sequels. In 1996, Naylor published Shiloh Season and in 1997, she published the final book in the trilogy, Saving Shiloh. Both books were adapted into film in 1999 and 2006.

The film is very different from the book
Although the film follows the same general idea as the book, there are many differences. In the film, Marty’s family is very wealthy; in the book, his family is poor. Judd in the film is an outsider who moves into town, while in the book he has lived in town all his life. Additional scenes and characters were added to the film to introduce more of an external plot.

 

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The Walking Dead TV Series

twdrvAdapted by Frank Darabont patently; The Walking Dead, an American horror series was premiered on 31st October 2010. The idea for this show was taken from Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard’s popular comic series with the same title.

The Walking Dead predominantly follows Rick Grime who is a devoted police officer. He had been shot while he was on duty making him end up in a hospital. After several years when he recovered from coma and got back to his senses, what he discovered was hard to digest. He was the only human alive and the world was under supremacy of zombies. The flesh eating ones. The dead ones. The Walking Dead. Rick was unable to place out that what had happened behind him.

He began the search for his missing wife and son. He wandered and reached Atlanta where he met Glenn; another survivor. Rick headed off to a camp with Glenn where he found his wife and son as well as a group of few other survivors. They went through pain, got hurt physically as well as mentally, lost their loved ones, cried but yet did not lose hope. Their adventure continued, making each of them emerge out as a survivor.

A splendid job is done on the zombies in The Walking Dead. Soulless, dull, bloody, skin hanging, mouths chomping, and vacant eyed zombies adds to the horror of the show. They blankly stalk a human being and try to kill them. And to kill a zombie, one has to pull the trigger and insert bullet in their head. Overall the suspense sustains throughout the show making it dynamic as well as engaging.

It seemed that the makers had picked up well-judged cast but as the show progressed, most of the flaws were pointed out in the characters. Undoubtedly, the cast was amazing but somehow the coordination between them lacked. They did not give their best shots in the scenes where it was required. But in later seasons, they improved and won the hearts of their audience.

Being a horror drama hybrid, the show needs to be understood by parents. There are a lot of violent scenes involving blood, guns, dead bodies, half eaten corpses and other creepy stuff. It have few un-bleeped swearing which you may not find appropriate for your kid. Moreover sexual content is also a part of The Walking Dead which is unsuitable for children under 18.

After making into the top rankings of best television shows of 2010, The Walking Dead series progressed and improved. The suspenseful story developed and the character’s personal lives were discoursed in more detail. Their continuing efforts to survive the sprints kept the excitement and interest of the viewers alive.

It did not bore the audience at all but had amazed them in every sense. They got involved and kept on asking for more. The show has magnificently launched its four seasons and now everyone awaits for the fifth blockbuster to arrive. Check here to find the television service provider in you area that offers AMC TV.

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The Walking Dead – From Comic to TV

The long road from literary interpretation of a concept to another media, such as television or film.  When a novel goes from book form to movie form, for example, it can sometimes be a long road, rife with trouble.  There is no guarantee what is there on the page will translate well to a different medium and sometimes changes must be made to fulfill the potential of the work.  It must be done, however, because a book (or comic book) is not a movie and vice versa.

walkingdadcomicBut of course by doing this, you risk alienating the core fans of the original work.  But then again, if you stick too closely to the original work, you run the risk of not translating well to TV.  The Walking Dead is no different in this respect.  It seems everyone is happy for the most part in what they have done with regards to the show.  It does not look like the comic book fans are all that rabid anyway, to be honest.  It is not the same level as The Lord of the Rings, for example.  Fans of that franchise are hardcore.

The Walking Dead have garnered fans mostly due to the TV show on AMC, a highly successful program about a fictional Zombie Apocalypse.  It had a leg up, before it even became a show, thanks in large part to the involvement of Frank Daramont, the writer/director of The Shawshank Redemption.  With he and Gale Anne Hurd of Alien, The Terminator and other big time film franchises fame, The Walking Dead was up and running hardcore.

walkingdeadtvAfter only 6 episodes, the second season was picked up almost instantly and the order was more than doubled to 13, than expanded to 16 for both the third and fourth seasons.  Wham, bam, thank you ma’am!  The Walking Dead was a success right out of the gate, in part to the already established fan base of the comics.

With AMC promoting the hell out of it and other companies jumping on board with other media, the show seems unstoppable.  It has a foundation for success and with such talented people on board, there seems no chance of it running afoul of its fans, much like the vaulted Lord of the Rings trilogy.  Peter Jackson crushed that and it appears they are taking a page from his playbook.

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The “Carrie” TV Show That Almost Happened

Stephen King’s Carrie propelled him into stardom. Brian DePalma’s 1976 adaptation was critically acclaimed. The newest remake, starring Chloe Grace Moretz  is having box office success. But did you know that Carrie White was almost the star of her own TV show?

carrieThe story of the show-that-almost-was begins with the little-known but, at the time, highly anticipated TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie. This mini-series adaptation was produced and written by Bryan Fuller and starred Angela Bettis as the titular telekinetic Carrie. This TV adaptation of Carrie was actually one of the most hotly awaited shows of the season—Carrie had always been a popular favorite among horror fans, and the TV series promised to be “more faithful” to King’s original work.carrie-buiding-burning

The verdict on that aspect was a little murky—the TV series did use a lot more material from the book, including a framework that placed the entire film in a flashback—but there was something that the TV series added which was definitely not in the original novel or 1976 film adaptation. This “something” was the fact that Carrie White, rather than dying in her home (as in the 1976 film) or on the roadside (as in the book) actually lives to tell her story. Or, as the series finale and producer Bryan Fuller indicate, to “help those with similar powers.” In Florida, of course. (If you’re going to run away after a rampage that kills your classmates and your mother, might as well choose somewhere warm!)

Yes, the mini-series adaptation of Carrie was actually intended to be the lead-in for a television series about Carrie White living in Florida and helping people who also have telekinetic or similar psychic powers. The TV series, of course, never happened. Why not? It may boil down to the fact that while the miniseries actually had stellar ratings, the critical and fan reception was not so kind to this adaptation. In addition to radically altering the ending in order to work as a tie-in for a potential series, the writers decided to absolve Carrie of blame during the infamous “prom scene,” by having her go into a source of helpless, but murderous, trance.

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Regardless of your feelings on the “trance scandal,” the fact remains—a TV series starring Carrie White as a telekinetic camp counselor was just never meant to be.

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