• The world and setting of the story.
    • darkness
    • unhappy
    • difficult
    • Brooklyn
    • unforgiving
    • unaccepting
  • The secondary characters.
    • Frank Minna: mother figure, importance, the meaning of his death, changes in Lionel after his death
    • Kimmery: how does she change Lionel, how does she make him feel?
  • Lionel Essrog: what’s the most interesting or compelling aspect of his character? Who would you choose to play him, and why?
    • tics: alienates him, makes him feel different and seem different to other people
    • his evolution through the novel
  • The major core conflict of the story and why or how this occurs. This should include the narrator’s inner conflict.
  • A few key scenes.
  • The dialogue.
  • The language. This can include Lionel’s narration, and most interestingly, his verbal tics.
  • The major overarching theme of the book. What kind of universal human truth does this novel suggest?
  • The tone of the book. The overall feeling or mood.
  • Perhaps there’s another aspect you’d like to talk about that’s not on the list? Pitch it to me.
  • Option if you disliked the book: A paper describing why you think it should not be made into a film. Please, Ed, don’t do it. Again, you will focus on one of the above aspects, and discuss why you either find it uninteresting, cliché, trite, or unrealistic.
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