[Reading] ➷ Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films ➭ Stephanie Harrison – Transportjobsite.co.uk

[Reading] ➷ Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films ➭ Stephanie Harrison – Transportjobsite.co.uk chapter 1 Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films, meaning Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films, genre Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films, book cover Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films, flies Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films, Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films 1e5fe79be8783 An Eclectic Collection Of Fiction That Inspired Film Memento, All About Eve, Rear Window, Rashomon, And A Space Odyssey Are All Well Known And Much Loved Movies, But What Is Perhaps A Lesser Known Fact Is That All Of Them Began Their Lives As Short Stories Adaptations Gathers Together Pieces That Have Been The Basis For Films, Many From Giants Of American Literature Hemingway, Fitzgerald And Many That Have Not Been In Print For Decades The Stories That Inspired Bringing Up Baby, Meet John Doe, And All About EveCategorized By Genre, And Featuring Movies By Master Directors Such As Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Frank Capra, And John Ford, As Well As Relative Newcomers Such As Chris Eyre And Christopher Nolan, Adaptations Offers Insight Into The Process Of Turning A Short Story Into A Screenplay, One That, When Successful, Doesn T Take Drastic Liberties With The Text Upon Which It Is Based, But Doesn T Mirror Its Source Material Too Closely Either The Stories And Movies Featured In Adaptations Include Philip K Dick S The Minority Report, Which Became The Blockbuster Directed By Steven Spielberg And Starring Tom Cruise The Harvey Pekar Name Story By Reclusive Graphic Artist Harvey Pekar, Whose Life Was The Inspiration For American Splendor, Winner Of The Sundance Grand Jury Prize Hagar Wilde S Bringing Up Baby, The Basis Of The Classic Film Bringing Up Baby, Anthologized Here For The First Time Ever The Swimmer By John Cheever, An Example Of A Highly Regarded Story That Many Feared Might Prove Unadaptable The Predecessor To The Beloved Holiday Classic A Christmas Story, Red Ryder Nails The Hammond Kid By Jean ShepherdWhether You Re A Fiction Reader Or A Film Buff, Adaptations Is Your Behind The Scenes Look At The Sometimes Difficult, Sometimes Brilliantly Successful Process From The Printed Page To The Big Screen


10 thoughts on “Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films

  1. says:

    For some reason I thought I d written a review for this years ago when I first joined GR, but alas, seems either it was eaten by the Byte Monster or never submitted I recommend this one, not only because it is a great collection of short stories, but shows why the adaptation worked so well As I ve stated in many reviews that short stories make the best vehicles for movie adaptations because they provide enough world building without creating this rabid fan mentality that rejects any interpretation but strict adherence There s room to expand or following a trajectory hinted, but not explicitly stated.


  2. says:

    I m really enjoying this compilation of stories that have been adapted to film The stories are organized under either genre categories like Horror, Science fiction, and Westerns or constructed groupings such as Five All But Lost Stories and The Good, the Bad, and the Unadaptable Many of the pieces themselves are good or at least entertaining, and it is interesting to ponder the screenwriter s modifications to the stories The story on which Alfred Hitchcock s Rear Window was based by Cornell Woolrich, for instance, does not feature the female lead so memorably memorialized by Grace Kelly, nor does it depict the colorful mix of neighbors and their relations with one another Instead, it focuses pretty exclusively on suspected wife killer Lars Thorwald.John Cheever s The Swimmer is especially difficult to imagine in its film form The levels interwoven in this slightly fantastical tale of a man who decides to swim through the pools of his well heeled neighbors in order to return to his home and the symbolism his interactions with each of them takes on is hard to imagine on screen What this book really imparts is that in spite of the adage that the movie is never as good as the book which itself isn t necessarily true , in fact, the movies are usually better than the short stories Some of the stories in Adaptations are peppered with the sort of narration that can be conveyed in a interesting and subtle manner with screen images Other times though, as with The Swimmer, it is suggested that it is very difficult to convey this image heavy story on screen Very interesting book, and I must thank my roommate and her boyfriend for it, since they gave it to me as a holdiay gift


  3. says:

    Finally, a short story collection that I finished I enjoyed the mix of well known and little known writers and movies, and stories that mostly had a film worthy plot.


  4. says:

    I was amazed by how the short story provides so much for a movie, without constricting it like a novel would All of the 35 stories were interesting, if not great This collection contains stories that were later revised into novels ie Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa as well as famous short stories themselves ie The Killers The preface to each section gave just the right amount of behind the scenes information on the adaptation itself, as well as how the film came out I now want to see all these movies well, some of them anyways Jerry and Molly and Sam by Raymond Carver Short Cuts,1993 Blow Up by Julio Cortazar Blow Up, 1966 Your Arkansas Traveler by Budd Schulberg A Face in the Crowd, 1957 It Had to be Murder by Cornell Woolrich Rear Window, 1954 The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke 2001 A Space Odyssey, 1968 Super Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss A.I Artificial Intelligence, 2001 The Minority Report by Philip K Dick The Minority Report, 2002 Spurs by Tod Robbins Freaks, 1932 The Fly by George Langelaan The Fly, 1958 and 1986 Herbert West Reanimator Six Shots by Midnight by H.P Lovecraft Re Animator, 1984 Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox Stagecoach, 1939 A Man Called Horse by Dorothy M Johnson A Man Called Horse, 1970 This is what it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Smoke Signals, 1998 The Harvey Pekar Name Story by Harvey Pekar American Splendor, 2003 Hubba Hubba by Daniel Clowes Ghost World, 2001 The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr All About Eve, 1950 A Reputation by Richard Connell Meet John Doe, 1941 Mr Blandings Builds His Castle by Eric Hodgins Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, 1948 Cyclists Raid by Frank Rooney The Wild One, 1954 Tomorrow by William Faulkner Tomorrow, 1953 Bringing Up Baby by Hagar Wilde Bringing Up Baby, 1938 Babylon, Revisited by F Scott Fitzgerald The Last Time I Saw Paris, 1954 The Swimmer by John Cheever The Swimmer, 1968 The Killers by Ernest Hemingway The Killers, 1946 The Basement Room by Graham Greene The Fallen Idol, 1948 Memento Mori by Jonathon Nolan Memento, 2000 My Friend Flicka by Mary O Hara My Friend Flicka, 1943 Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid by Jean Shepherd A Christmas Story, 1983 Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa by W.P Kinsella Field of Dreams, 1989 In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Rashomon, 1951 The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov Dark Eyes, 1987 Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates Smooth Talk, 1985 Auggie Wren s Christmas Story by Paul Auster Smoke, 1995 Emergency by Denis Johnson Jesus Son, 1999 Killings by Andre Dubus In the Bedroom, 2001


  5. says:

    This book was a chance find at the Hollywood Regional Library and, what a find A rare gem of a compilation with almost 100% originally compelling works that are only made interesting through analysis alongside their adaptations The sections were thoughtfully and helpfully divided I avoided the Horror section at bedtime and each section was introduced by a well written, analytical but approachable essay regarding aspects of the stories.My favorite part of this collection was definitely It Had to be Murder later retitled Rear Window I studied Hitchcock in college and I read a great deal about the director s infamous way with adaptations it was fascinating to see the inspiration for such a brilliant movie Definitely a great read, and a wonderfully appropriate first read in my new home in Hollywood.


  6. says:

    This book was required reading for a college course I m happy to say that I loved it Reading some of the short stories that inspired some of my favorite movies was great Awesome collection and one college assignment I enjoyed completing.


  7. says:

    Wasn t voluntary


  8. says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book While it has taken me several months to finish this book, that is not due to the lack of enjoyment, but due to having to read this book for two different classes that were separated from one another by a few months The short stories contained in this book surprised me because most of these movies were ones I knew of from watching them or I know of based on their popularity Included in this book were two of my favorite stories, which were Minority Report and Memento I never once knew, before reading these stories for class, that these movies first existed by way of short stories I recommend this book for any person interested or a part of the writing industry, film buffs, and collectors of great written works This was quite nicely put together and makes for a great read whether it be for educational purposes or for simple pleasure.


  9. says:

    Interesting book I skipped about 3 or 4 of the stories as I just didn t have any interest in them I did read the behind the scenes on those part of why I decided not to read them I haven t seen most of the movies, but there are several that I want to check out now.


  10. says:

    4.5 stars Amazing book Great analysis Interesting to ponder over what worked better the film or the story and how they differ Jerry and Molly and Sam by Raymond Carver Short Cuts, 1993 excellent but preferred film Blow Up by Julio Cortazar Blow Up, 1966 Your Arkansas Traveler by Budd Schulberg A Face in the Crowd, 1957 loved it It Had to be Murder by Cornell Woolrich Rear Window, 1954 Excellent The Sentinel by Arthur C Clarke 2001 A Space Odyssey, 1968 Didn t like it Didn t like the movie either Super Toys Last All Summer Long by Brian Aldiss A.I Artificial Intelligence, 2001 Absolutely brilliant The Minority Report by Philip K Dick The Minority Report, 2002 Interesting Spurs by Tod Robbins Freaks, 1932 The Fly by George Langelaan The Fly, 1958 and 1986 Herbert West Reanimator Six Shots by Midnight by H.P Lovecraft Re Animator, 1984 Stage to Lordsburg by Ernest Haycox Stagecoach, 1939 A Man Called Horse by Dorothy M Johnson A Man Called Horse, 1970 This is what it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona by Sherman Alexie Smoke Signals, 1998 The Harvey Pekar Name Story by Harvey Pekar American Splendor, 2003 Hubba Hubba by Daniel Clowes Ghost World, 2001 wonderful The Wisdom of Eve by Mary Orr All About Eve, 1950 Movie is better but still a great story A Reputation by Richard Connell Meet John Doe, 1941 wonderful story Mr Blandings Builds His Castle by Eric Hodgins Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House, 1948 Cyclists Raid by Frank Rooney The Wild One, 1954 Tomorrow by William Faulkner Tomorrow, 1953 Bringing Up Baby by Hagar Wilde Bringing Up Baby, 1938 Babylon, Revisited by F Scott Fitzgerald The Last Time I Saw Paris, 1954 The Swimmer by John Cheever The Swimmer, 1968 Great story The Killers by Ernest Hemingway The Killers, 1946 The Basement Room by Graham Greene The Fallen Idol, 1948 Memento Mori by Jonathon Nolan Memento, 2000 Another great story Film better though My Friend Flicka by Mary O Hara My Friend Flicka, 1943 Excellent Red Ryder Nails the Hammond Kid by Jean Shepherd A Christmas Story, 1983 Love his writing so funny and fun Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa by W.P Kinsella Field of Dreams, 1989 In a Grove by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Rashomon, 1951 Interesting, depressing The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov Dark Eyes, 1987 Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been by Joyce Carol Oates Smooth Talk, 1985 Auggie Wren s Christmas Story by Paul Auster Smoke, 1995 Emergency by Denis Johnson Jesus Son, 1999 Killings by Andre Dubus In the Bedroom, 2001


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