We’re joined this week by Philadelphia native Dan McQuade to discuss the novelisation of Rocky II, because sometimes we need a break from serious literature. The book–purportedly written by Stallone himself–pretty much sticks to the events of the film, though it’s presented in Rocky’s first-person voice, which is … well, interesting. The man never met a ‘g’ he didn’t want to drop.
We try to figure out why novelisations of movies exist in the first place, and whether the Rocky Balboa presented in these pages is somehow actually dumber than the one on-screen. We also discuss the movie’s possibly racist overtones, and why montage sequences don’t really work in literature.
You might know our guest, Dan McQuade, as the guy who actually mapped out Rocky’s famous training run, and figured out it was more than 31 miles long. He also writes for Philadelphia Magazine, the Philadelphia City Paper, and lots of other publications. We talk to him about life as a freelancer, and some of the weirder pockets of Philadelphia.
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