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Stay Scared with the Most Iconic, Horrifying Books-to-Movies of All Time

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It’s kind of startling to realize how many of the best horror movies started out as novels. But it’s true: so many terrifying films found their start as equally terrifying books, including some that might surprise you. Since it’s Halloween (which is definitely the scariest time of year), we’ve rounded up six awesome horror movies that were originally adapted from books. If you don’t want to sleep for the next few nights, then it’s time to dive into both the movie AND book versions of these horrifying tales: The Shining It’s no surprise that The Shining started as a novel written by the king of horror himself: Stephen King. Both the movie and the book are considered classics of the…

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Diagnosing Literary Characters, One Murderer at a Time

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Murder is contextual. Meaning, the action of killing by itself tells us nothing about underlying motivation. A murder in war, for example, has an entirely different motive than a serial killer’s compulsive, methodical kills. It’s apples and oranges, really: both fruit on the outside, but very different on the inside. If we want to understand the mind of a murderer, real or fictional, we need to understand motivation. Truth is, murderers have motivations for their kills and they usually have a moral code, too. A skewed moral code, but it’s one which makes their kills make sense to them, nonetheless. And hey, when you’re driven to kill, who cares what everyone else thinks. Right? These three fictional villains certainly don’t.…

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