Tag Archives: Film Adaptations

Books vs. Movies (Booking Through Thursday)

Yay–my question got picked!! If you’re coming here from Booking Through Thursday, please note that my url is superfastreader.com, with no “wordpress.” I’d be ever so grateful if you update this if you are linking to me. And thanks for the link love! Books and films both tell stories, but what we want from a book can be different from what we want from a movie. Is this true for you? If so, what’s the difference between a book and a movie? So many great…

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Manola Dargis Doesn’t Do Her Homework

In her review of Prince Caspian in today’s New York Times, Manola Dargis writes: The Pevensie children can withdraw to London between episodes, but moviegoers are unlikely, and also perhaps unwilling, to escape from Narnia and the other increasingly numerous, and therefore increasingly mundane, places like it. A lovely sentiment, were it not for the fact that the Pevensies DIE to our world in one of the books. Not to mention that several of the books don’t feature the Pevensie children at all. I don’t…

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5 Tips for Crafting Effective Criticism

As you may be aware, I currently have a part-time job analyzing books and screenplays for a production company. I read the material, provide a detailed synopsis, and then offer my opinion as to whether the material has promise as a feature film. Last night’s work read was an especially challenging one, offering a strong premise but weak-to-infuriating execution, and as I had just given some notes to a writer friend of mine on how to improve her (already-wonderful) work, I got to thinking about…

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Trailer for “The Mist”

Because what a reading blog needs is More Video, right? But I’m really, really excited for this stupid movie for all kinds of reasons, and Sheila blogged about it the other day. Plus I just finished a really boring work read, and the best cure for boredom is You Tube. At least that’s what I learned in corporate America. Looks like a pretty straightforward adaptation of one of King’s scariest stories. I have a personal pet peeve with the stereotype of Crazy Bible Lady, but…

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Books to Film (Booking through Thursday)

I’m putting this post up in honor of an adaptation project I’m working on right now. From Booking through Thursday: 1. In your opinion, what is the best translation of a book to a movie? 2. The worst? 3. Had you read the book before seeing the movie, and did that make a difference? (Personally, all other things being equal, I usually prefer whichever I was introduced to first.) Share on Facebook

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Movie Version of Special Topics in Calamity Physics

I loved Half Nelson, so this news makes me very happy: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the duo who wrote last year’s Half Nelson, are teaming once again to adapt the Marisha Pessl novel Special Topics in Calamity Physics. According to Variety, Miramax will be funding the project. The book revolved around a teen who had been bounced around from one high school to the next due to her father’s eccentric lifestyle. During her senior year, she finally gets the opportunity to stay in the…

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How to Turn a Book Into a Movie

I’m often asked what I look for when I evaluate books for the movie biz. First and foremost, I look for the elements that are important to my employers–things that they are specifically looking for in terms of genre, execution, etcetera. I read for a couple of different places, and each has a slightly different mandate. In general, in order for a book to become a movie it has to have a strong, forward-moving plot line, and a premise that you can easily picture on…

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