Posted February 26, 2014 by Amy in Books

Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece (Book) Review


“This is a tasty burger.”

Few movies have prompted such a visceral response as Quentin Tarantino’s surprise blockbuster, Pulp Fiction. Whether you love it or hate it, it definitely provokes a strong reaction. Years after its release, there is still rampant discussion on all things Pulp Fiction. Is there some sort of hidden Tarantino universe spanning all his films? Is his work completely original or just a hack job of dozens of films that came before it? And what really was in that darn briefcase? Author Jason Bailey as answers these questions and many more in a truly comprehensive look at all things Pulp Fiction.

Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece is a massive hardcover volume that contains over two hundred pages packed with facts, stills from the movie, comparison charts, and even artwork inspired by the film. For those of you who are wondering how anyone could uncover that many facts about a single movie, you are somewhat correct in that doubt. This book is as much about Quentin Tarantino himself (and his other films), as it is about just Pulp Fiction. To be honest though, all of Tarantino’s films are somewhat wrapped up in each other, and each one is very much a reflection of the man himself, so any in depth look would have to include those as well.

And so, you don’t just get a peek inside the making of this iconic film – from casting to writing to rehearsals to postproduction interviews – you get a peek inside Tarantino’s life. His childhood spent largely in front of screen, followed by a dream job in a video store, really shaped Tarantino’s style as both a writer and director. I found the look at his inspirations to be quite fascinating. For each aspect of the film, readers hear which classic movies spurred decisions on everything from music to catchphrases, why certain actors were chosen to play the parts they did (and the ones that were considered early on), and even where the just under nine million spent to make the film was used.

Pulp Fiction: The Complete Story of Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece will give you a whole new perspective on a truly groundbreaking film. As you learn little details about Quentin Tarantino’s life, as well as the many crossovers from one of his film’s to the next, you’ll simply need to get it out and watch it all over again with your new found knowledge. It’s a must have for Pulp Fiction superfans, but also for fans of Quentin Tarantino himself. It’s a well put together volume that is sure to hold a place of honor on your coffee table of bookshelf.


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