“Like all good works of fiction, it lies like the truth.”
-Robert Crossly in his critical essay on Kindred by Octavia Butler
"Words, so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
—American Note-Books of Nathaniel Hawthorne, May 18, 1848
Kindred Reading Schedule:
Octavia Butler (1947-2006)
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Film Adaptations and Connections
It's important to remember that Antebellum (2020) is not a retelling of Kindred, but it is an example of how much Butler's work has influenced the work of others.
The image above is linked to the IMDB page for 12 Years a Slave (2013), the Academy Award winning film based upon the REAL man, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who was abducted and sold into slavery. While Northup's true story is dissimilar to Dana Franklin's fictional story in Kindred, it touches on some of the same themes.