Welcome to this week’s Reading List, where you’ll find the best popular culture and science fiction stories on the internet assembled in one delightful package. This week: film stories, John Williams, Flash Gordon and b-movie titles.

  • When you come right down to it, there’s not a whole lot in cinema that’s original. Here’s a look at how stories are recycled over and over. [The Atlantic]
  • How John Williams’ scores have become so iconic, and a brand in and of themselves. [New Yorker]
  • In 2016, books are likely going to be fine. That’s not the case for magazines. [Quartz]
  • Flash Gordon was a sensation: here’s the story behind the film and its impact. [Empire Online]
  • In order to appeal to a wide audience, B-movies had to rely on flair and design to get noticed. [Art of the Title]

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