Qty:1
  • List Price: $18.00
  • Save: $3.26 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Trade in your item
Get a $2.00
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films Paperback – April 26, 2005


See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$14.74
$9.90 $4.20

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Visualize Your Script: Hey screenwriters, check out Amazon Storyteller, a new (and free) tool from Amazon Studios that turns scripts into storyboards. Learn more.


Frequently Bought Together

Adaptations: From Short Story to Big Screen: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films + Adaptation:  Studying Film and Literature
Price for both: $111.72

Buy the selected items together
  • Adaptation: Studying Film and Literature $96.98

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400053145
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400053148
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Avid readers and movie buffs alike will relish Harrison's thought-provoking opus about the process of adapting short stories into screenplays. From science fiction to social satire, this captivating collection of 35 tales embraces literary greats like Chekhov and Cheever and memorable writings long out of print (such as Frank Rooney's "Cyclists' Raid," which became the 1953 Brando classic The Wild One). Harrison evotes a chapter to every imaginable genre, prefacing each with quotes and anecdotes from writers, directors, and actors associated with the creative endeavors selected. Native American author Sherman Alexie, whose short stories inspired the 1998 cult hit, Smoke Signals, speaks of wrestling with the old stereotypes of "the noble and the ignoble savage." Stanley Kubrick's cohorts compare collaborations with the director to "being swallowed up by a cold and intelligent creature with many tentacles." Actor Vincent Price's daughter recalls how her father and Herbert Marshall "laughed until they cried" while filming the "Help me!" scene in 1958's The Fly. Steven Spielberg, Frank Capra, Alfred Hitchcock, and John Ford are among the cast of cinematic personalities in this tribute to the inspiration and perspiration required to turn fiction into film. Allison Block
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

About the Author

Stephanie Harrison teaches in the state university system of Florida.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. Korpieski on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I just came across this at my local bookstore. Wow! I had no idea that so many famous movies were adapted from short stories. A Face in the Crowd is one of my favorite films, but I never knew it was a short story first. Also, I'm a fan of Harvey Pekar's, so I was particularly happy to see that his graphic story, "The Harvey Pekar Name Story" was included (the film is American Splendor). The introductions to each section are interesting and contain a lot of information I was unacquainted with. Who knew that F. Scott Fitzgerald once tried his hand at adapting his classic story "Babylon Revisited" as a vehicle for Shirley Temple? Good reading for movie fans and people who enjoy short stories.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Terry Whalin on December 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Have you ever waited with great anticipation for the arrival of a movie where you love the book? Then you watch the movie and are disappointed because it wasn't anything like the book. Movies and Books are connected through story. The story has to be good in each form for it to achieve the desired result.

Stephanie Harrison has written a fascinating look at the connection between 35 short stories and the great films which resulted. This book includes the short stories and insight into how the story was adapted into a movie. The key message which I received is that whether it is a short story or a movie, the foundation of storytelling has to be excellent to achieve the desired result.

If you love movies and short stories or just want to learn about the skill of adaptation, I highly recommend this book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bronston on April 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderul collection of stories that have been adapted for film. The book provides revealing commentary from screenwriters and directors and fascinating tidbits of unknown filmography. It is a wonderful find for screenwriters and short story writers and film lovers. Stephanie Harrison writes insightful introductions to each genre. A real treasure.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Ben Hirsch on April 15, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
While the meat of this book is the collection of logically categorized short stories, the introductions to each section are where “Adaptations” really shines. Stephanie Harrison provides the reader with an excellent understanding of the circumstances and timeframe in which each story found its way to the next medium. Her attention to the relationships between the authors and directors and their cooperation (or lack thereof) goes a long way in illustrating the difficulty of creating a successful film, and I came away with a new appreciation for the craftsmanship involved in reimagining a story. The stories themselves are well selected and well organized. Harrison assembled a neat cross-section of the industry, with stories ranging from science fiction to–much to my surprise–comics. Particularly clever was the decision to open the book with a section entitled “The Directors: Translators, Magicians, Collaborators, and Thieves.” By beginning with several stories of wildly varying style, Harrison introduces the reader to a range of directorial and authorial methods, giving them a broader context with which to evaluate the rest of the book than would otherwise have been available if she had simply jumped straight into stories-by-genre. All things considered, “Adaptations” is a well-polished book, rich with valuable original content to compliment the stories the reader came for.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?