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7 book to screen adaptations to look forward to in 2016

2016 looks like being an exciting year for book to screen adaptations. Here are a few of the films / TV productions I’m looking forward to seeing in the next twelve months. War and Peace This adaptation has already started in the UK and I’m absolutely hooked. I binge-watched all the 1970s TV series recently,…… Continue reading 7 book to screen adaptations to look forward to in 2016

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The seven basic plots and your favourite films

Have you ever heard the theory that there are only seven basic plots when it comes to telling stories?  Apparently if you analyse any book or film, the underlying story is almost certain to follow one of seven possible tropes. Last weekend I went to a workshop on writing for the screen.  Although I write…… Continue reading The seven basic plots and your favourite films

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Ten films that are better than the book (even though the book was brilliant)

How many times have you been to the cinema and heard someone say afterwards,  “Yeah, it was OK.  But the book’s way better”?  Why do film adaptations disappoint so often?  Maybe because even the best of them only last a couple of hours – with the best will in the world not long enough to…… Continue reading Ten films that are better than the book (even though the book was brilliant)