In other words, her desire to "make things official" with Sam doesn't actually arise from any kind of moral standpoint, but rather from the fact she's madly in love with him. based his most fictional character on 50s Wisconsin killer, (who will also be mentioned in our next episode…), Author Robert Bloch and his history with pulp novels/magazines, The incredible art direction and cinematography that makes the move a classic after 70 years, The cast: Anthony Perkins (Norman Bates,). How Do We Go On Writing Our Little Fictions When Outside The World Is On Fire? Take for example American Psycho. Book Norman's appearance, coupled with his sad, isolated life and blind devotion to his mother elicits scorn and a certain mean-spiritedness in Mary. I'd seen - and loved - the film several times before reading the book, but once I did...I haven't bothered to watch the film again. Steven said: American Psycho. ), The story of Norman and the fate of Marion Crane are a part of movie history but did you know it was a book first? We all know what happens from there—except, if you've never read the book, you'd be unaware that in addition to being stabbed multiple times in the shower, Mary also has her head cut off. More info at christophershultz.com. The film version of Psycho is somewhat different to Bloch’s novel, the novel provides more of an insight into the relationship between the character of Norman Bates and his mother and the relationships between Mary Crane (her name is changed to Marion in the film version), Sam Loomis (played by John Gavin) and Mary’s sister Lila Crane (played by Vera Miles). But at the same time, we see that Mary can be a bit mean-spirited, sharp-edged and condescending, and (ultimately) not as desirable as her sister Lila, who mirrors Mary's strong will, but does so in a softer, almost keening way—she's got moxie, in other words, whereas Mary is depicted more like a cat, both sly and brutally determined. Psycho III was released on July 2, 1986 to a mixed response from critics and financial failure. We take a look at American Psycho, both the novel and film, and see which one "slays" better. His overbearing flirting rises in Mary (and in us) a sense of injustice—that there should be people in the world who have so much and can flaunt their wealth, while people like Sam have to struggle and toil for years on end, paying off debts they didn't even incur themselves (Sam's father saddled him with his financial burdens after his death). She only gets the idea to switch cars after being rousted by a local cop (and naturally fears her movements might be traced this way), and by the time she makes it to that fateful rainstorm hindering her ability to see the road ahead of her, compelling her to pull into the Bates Motel, Marion is a taut coil of stress and paranoia, ready to pop at any moment. See, Mary's dislike of Norman in the novel isn't entirely unwarranted, even though her reasons might be a bit misaligned. The Margos are here Mother, and we are going to talk about, is considered one of the best horror films of all time and typecasted, (though he eventually embraced his most recognizable role.). You make some very interesting observations, I would just add that in some respects the way the film opens up doesn't make a lot of sense compared to the book. In the film he has travelled down to Phoenix to see her, but they meet in a hotel room (why? Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie … Eventually, Bateman comes along an older gay man walking his dog. We see that Marion is a cool, witty, intelligent, and beautiful woman who is crazy for Sam, and he for her. Now, it is her arrival at Bates Motel that reveal's Mary/Marion's true character, and offers us a brief segue into the very different depictions of Norman. That being said, I will say that watching Psycho is generally a more enjoyable experience than reading the book because of the work Stef and Hitch did on both Marion and Norman, making them far more likable and empathetic—specifically with Marion, whose motives are far more nuanced and rooted in love rather than tradition, and with Norman, who breaks the confines of the typical, undesirable "mama's boy" and becomes something more complex and sinister, rather than simply DANGEROUS in all-caps. Ask Nick: Publishing 201 — Do I Need to Attend Conventions or Conferences? The 1960 masterpiece by Alfred Hitchcock is considered one of the best horror films of all time and typecasted Anthony Perkins for decades as the nebbishy killer Norman Bates (though he eventually embraced his most recognizable role. Some interesting differences in the storytelling, aren’t there! Books online: American Psycho, 2006, Fishpond.com.au As you say, in the book Mary and Sam live hundreds of miles apart, have had very little contact with each other - it's barely more than a pen friend style relationship - and he works very hard to pay off his debts. After impulsively stealing $40,000 from her work, Mary finds a motel to rest for the evening. Listen to this episode to hear us talk about the novel & film while we decide which we like better. American Psycho: Analysis of Novel and Movie Production American Psycho has been recognized as a brilliant thriller of its time and can legitimately be labeled a scandalous novel. American Psycho - Movie/Book Project Tyler Rohde The Book At its core I believe that American Psycho is, unlike the movie, not a psychological thriller or horror book, but rather a critisicm - a satire on the 1980's New York yuppie culture. Its the exact opposite. Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, V imagines a British empire under totalitarian rule. Moreover, that iconic line from the film, "We all go a little mad sometimes," is a central theme in the novel (though the line is slightly different on the page). We see that Marion is a cool, witty, intelligent, and beautiful woman who is crazy for Sam, and he for her. The film's iteration of the character is, for all intents and purposes, a little boy, hopelessly devoted to his mother because he'd be lost without her. They might very well be close in age, but the way Marion interacts with Norman, it's almost like watching a grown woman interact with a child (although, of course, she understands he is an adult, and in this way pities him, feels sorry for him, as opposed to her page counterpart, who cannot help but ridicule this sad man). So let's dive right in and look at the differences between Norman and Mary/Marion. This is because she lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, and her relationship with Sam is decidedly more distant and almost icy in the novel. In Bloch's version, he even goes so far as to offer Mary $100 to spend the weekend with him in Dallas. This Spoils the Ending In the Book: In the Movie Sam explains Norman's pathology to Lila. Audience: The Shining and Room 237, "It Came from the Multiplex: 80s Midnight Chillers" Edited by Joshua Viola, Four Reasons Hulu Executives Were Fools To Cancel “High Fidelity”, "The Only Good Indians" by Stephen Graham Jones. TV Shows. Let acclaimed horror author Ania Ahlborn show you how it's done. The book and the film versions of American Psycho have one thing in common, and that’s the controversy that surrounds them. Tags: film patrick book. If it wasn't for that factor, I would've avoided the movie … An Interview with the Women Who Wrote ‘Monster, She Wrote’, Manuel Marerro On Expat Press and Pushing the Indie Envelope, 10 Books on Writing and Creativity Every Author Should Ask for this Holiday Season, It's Time To Change the Virtual Event Game, Five Things to Keep in Mind for a Great Opening. Just finished reading American Psycho then watched the film. I've sort've resented the movie ever since. Robert Bloch based his most fictional character on 50s Wisconsin killer Ed Gein (who will also be mentioned in our next episode…). Norman Bates in book & movie forms are discussed here as the Margos talk about the Robert Bloch novel versus the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece. Today marks the release of the Wachowski brothers' new film, V for Vendetta. Bloch's original depiction of Marion isn't quite as sympathetic. Yes, he committed horrible acts (more of which than we know, since his killing appears to predate the confines of the narrative), but at the same time, can it really be said he actually murdered all those people? Tl;dr: I read 50 books by pirating. Thus, while Bloch's clues that Norman is, in fact, the murderer are fairly apparent if you're paying attention, Stef and Hitch go out of their way to cast doubt on this matter, to make us think Mother might be a living, breathing, and murderous individual. Norman is the primary protagonist here (we may call him an anti-hero), and Mary isn't much more than knife fodder. Books Vs Movies Robert Bloch Norman Bates Stormy Night Every Day Book Universal Pictures Robert Bloch Norman Bates Stormy Night Every Day Book Universal Pictures Movies. The Margos are here Mother, and we are going to talk about Psycho whether she likes it or not! All rights reserved. And now, much like Psycho's narrative, we're switching gears and focusing on Norman Bates. But his severe financial debt, and the fact he lives several hundred miles away in a "hick town" called Fairvale in California, prevent the pair from getting married and settling down, a fact that Marion desperately wants to change.