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A podcast about the pursuit of knowledge through interesting and engaging conversation, hosted by Agent Palmer. Released every other Tuesday.

Dec 31, 2019

For episode nine of The Palmer Files, guest Jason Zapata joins Agent Palmer to discuss adaption versus interpretation; from Tolkien and Terry Brooks to Batman, Bond, and Beowulf, plus many many more properties, it’s a pop culture cornucopia.

Jason and Jason relive old arguments about Tolkien’s seminal adaptation by Peter Jackson and discuss many book to screen adaptations and other interpretations plus go on a few sidetracks, because why not?

Throughout the conversation, we cover:

  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Book vs. Film
    • Purist Perspective
    • Tom Bombadil
    • The Hobbit
  • Terry Brooks and The Four Lands
    • The Shannara Chronicles
    • The Sword of Shannara Trilogy
    • Being Generational
  • Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin
  • The Name of the Winds by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Rock Star Authors
  • The Great And Secret Show by Clive Barker
  • Do Not Touch list
  • All Adaptations Are Not Created Equal
  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Adaptation to Big or Small Screen
  • Star Wars
  • Comic Book Adaptations
  • Batman as the new Macbeth
  • James Bond
  • Does the visual media inspire looking for the source material?
  • Gender and Interpretation vs. Adaptation
    • Women deserve better than gender-swapped characters
  • Beowulf with Christopher Lambert
  • The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  • The IPCRESS File
  • Everyone should read more

Mentioned and Helpful Links from This Episode

Thanks to a friend, I've entered the World of Shannara

Galilee: A Romance by Clive Barker is a Masterpiece of the Written Word

Ernest Cline shows his immense geek cred with Ready Player One

The IPCRESS File by Len Deighton is a MAsterpiece of Spy Fiction (Spoiler Free Review)

Microserfs by Douglas Coupland is the Psychology of the Geeks Written Yesterday for Tomorrow

Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys by Michael Collins is a must-have for NASAphiles

Chuck Klosterman's Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs






You can also hear more Palmer in the meantime on Our Liner Notes, a musical conversation podcast with host Chris Maier and as mentioned on this show as co-host of The Podcast Digest with Dan Lizette.

Music created and provided by Henno Heitur of Monkey Tongue Productions.

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