‘Columbine’ author in talks to produce Lifetime mini-series:
In the interest of transparency I have been a fan of Dave Cullen since 2004 when his article The Depressive and The Psychopath was first published. I was fortunate enough to be able to exchange e-mails with Dave after meeting online through a mutual blogging friend of ours. I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of his book ‘Columbine’. We even follow each other on Facebook and Twitter. What we are not is best buds. I have no private insight into Dave’s inner workings. I know about as much as Dave as he publicly makes known. O also want to add that I have not contacted Dave prior to writing this post. This one is all me.
Anyway having said that Dave recently announced that he is talks to have his book made into a miniseries on the Lifetime Network. It is far from definite and there’s a possibility it may not come to pass.
However there has been a movement, mostly by people who either were at Columbine or lived in the area at the time, for this miniseries not to be made. I respect their opinion. I couldn’t possibly understand what it must have been like to live through something like that and hopefully I never will. But please allow me to explain my opinion of why I think that the miniseries should be made.
As anyone who has read this site for a time knows there were a lot of myths surrounding the shooting at Columbine such as the shooters were bullied, it had to do with jocks, or gothic culture, or the so-called Trenchcoat Mafia. In my opinion Dave’s work on the matter has gone a long way into dispelling those myths. Unfortunately a lot of people still cling to those myths even 13 years later. If the miniseries were to air on the Lifetime Network it would be striking into the heart of the demographic that still believe in those myths. And to be honest with you that’s only if it does done right. I would hope that Lifetime wouldn’t distort things to try to fit some alternative agenda.
However if you agree that the miniseries should not be made you can sign the online petition here.
The Daily Beast
Another post by Dave Cullen. This time on a meeting between the parents of Eric Harris and one of his victims, Daniel Mauser.
Very interesting read however it does not change my opinion that the Harrises bear a major responsibility for what happened.
The Daily Beast
Dave Cullen on Amy Bishop and the UAHuntsville shooting.
I’d like to start by apologizing to Trench and to author Dave Cullen for the delay in getting this review put together. I’ve had the book for a few weeks now, and actually finished it the day after I got it. I’ve started the review several times, only to delete what I had written over and over again. It just seems like no matter what I write, it doesn’t do this book justice.
It would be easy for most readers to be intimidated at first glance by the sheer size of this book. Don’t be. Admittedly, yes I do tend to devour most books I read in one sitting. Anyone who knows me will tell you when it comes to books I am not a normal human being. With “Columbine”, however, it was like a holy quest. I didn’t want to stop reading to eat or sleep.
We all know what happened on April 20, 1999. At least we think we do. 98% of what you thought you knew will be cast aside after reading this book. Cullen sorts through mountains of evidence, conducts hundreds of hours of interviews, and gives us an articulate, unbiased account of the facts. He shows us how much gray area there really is in a situation that most of us only saw in black and white. Ten years of in-depth research brings us a book written with compassionate professionalism.
I could continue to write on and on about this book, but I would only be repeating the dozens of glowing reviews from professional critics that I’ve read. If all you’re looking for is a mindless beach read, perhaps you’d best save this one until fall. If, however, you’re looking for a brutally honest look at one of our nation’s biggest tragedies that will hook you from page one, get your hands on it as soon as possible.
If you haven’t yet read the book Columbine by author and Journalist Dave Cullen you’re really missing out. I haven’t read it yet myself but I’ve read enough reviews of it to now that Dave did a great job of dispelling the myths that have permeated Columbine for the past 10 years.
I’ve been a fan of Dave’s ever since he wrote what I believe to be the definitive article ob Columbine, The Depressive and the Psychopath.
Dave Cullen’s website has all the details you need on the book.
Was Cho Seung-Hui really like the Columbine killers?:
Dave Cullen, who wrote the definitive article about Columbine, is back. This time he’s writing about the Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui and analyzing the comparison between Cho and the Columbine killers. The article does not disappoint.
I’m not even going to post any quotes of the article because it’s way too good for that. The article must be read in its entirety.
Author and journalist Dave Cullen, the writer of the definitive article about Columbine The Depressive and the Psychopath, offers his opinion on the Eric Harris journal.
Late last night I was lucky enough to exchange e-mails with one of my internet heroes, Dave Cullen. For those of you unfamiliar with Dave’s work he wrote what I think is the definitive article on Columbine “The Depressive and the Psychopath” and he also has a plethora of Columbine information in his Columbine Almanac. After our exchange he wrote an entry on his blog called “The upside of covering Columbine” where he discussed receiving e-mails from students who are looking for help with their reports about Columbine. He said that it was a minor hassle but nothing made him happier. He also discussed as we did in our exchange how my site gets all the readers who praise the killers while Dave’s site rarely gets one. As it should be really, because Dave is a professional writer and journalist and I’m just some guy with a website and an opinion. Anyway, it’s a good read.