Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Writing by Twilight

While zipping around the Internet, an article in the Examiner by Katrina-Kasey Wheeler caught my eye. The article was titled, “Melissa Rosenberg on Writing Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse: ‘I Think Fans Will Be Very Satisfied’” I was about to click on past, when I said to myself, wait a minute here - Rosenberg didn’t write those books. Myself said nothing in response, but did click the link to check out what was going on.

Turns out what was going on was an interesting article about the SCREENwriter of those books.

Here are a few quotes:
The third one [Eclipse] was hard. Actually, the hardest one of the three for me to write.

From the very beginning with Twilight, that’s what Stephenie’s one thing was: "Do the book. Adapt the book. Don’t use the book as a jumping-off place ...."

The biggest challenge is the Bella/Edward, because you’re always writing a line between real intimacy and what’s true versus overly maudlin or melodrama. True romance and true drama — that’s always the line.
It’s not a long article, but has some stuff you might want to read whether you’re a screenwriter or an author who hopes to have a movie made of your book.
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  1. It was interesting...thanks for sharing it.

    I guess I can dream, right? :)

    I read an interview recently with the Harry Potter screenwriter. He said that Rowling was a lot more engaged w/ the early movies, but now has a husband and children and he WISHES she could be more engaged in the process.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  2. I went to see the Harry Potter movie last night with son. I liked it. Son did not. He felt they left out way too much and changed things. They may not have made those mistakes if Rowling had been really involved.

  3. I think the translation from book to movie is always hard, whether the author is involved or not. I almost never enjoy a movie as much as I've loved the book. Perhaps it's better if you've not done one or the other.

  4. Apparently, screenwriting is a whole 'nother bag of cats. Sad to say, it's probably something I won't have to worry too much about. But, you never know. Maybe lighting will strike.

    Best regards, Galen

    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  5. You do have to leave a lot out or do combinations of scenes. Esp for a book like Potter or Twilight. Or, as they're going to do with the last Potter book - make it into 2 movies.

  6. Sounds like an interesting article, I said to myself. Myself not bothering to respond to my statement, I indulged myself and went ahead and read it. I liked it. Myself? He hasn't said a word. It happens. He gets that way sometimes.

    The Old Silly

  7. Interesting article and surprising that the 3rd book was the hardest to write. I think it would be wonderful fun to be involved with the adaptation of book to the big screen. One can always dream, at least.

  8. I agree Jane. I'd even like to be involved if it wasn't my book!

    Marvin, thyself is funny.

  9. Excellent article, Helen. Thanks for the nudge. :)

  10. I know I wouldn't want to be the one to write a screenplay for my books! I've always heard it's best to let someone else do it, in part because we are too close to our own work.

    L. Diane Wolfe

  11. That's probably true, Diane, but I also hear authors complain that the movies often come out as pale ghosts of their books.

  12. Good to know we're not the only ones who experience problems getting what we need to get done.

    Morgan Mandel

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