- Series: Owl Books
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (February 15, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805016260
- ISBN-13: 978-0805016260
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Should be required reading...clear, thorough, and extremely helpful. I highly recommend it.” ―Richard Zanuck, producer of Driving Miss Daisy
“Once you have a piece of source material, adapting it for film seems simple. It isn't--as we have all learned. But it will be easier in the future, thanks to Linda Seger's comprehensive and artful book.” ―Stan Margulies, producer of Roots and Separate but Equal
About the Author
Linda Seger has been a script consultant since 1981, working with writers, directors, producers, and companies throughout the world, including Tony Bill, William Kelley, TriStar Pictures, and the New Zealand Film Commission. She has given seminars for ABC and CBS television networks, Embassy Television, the "MacGyver" series, and for producers and writers in Rome, London, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Dr. Seger is the author of Making a Good Script Great and Creating Unforgettable Characters.
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Linda Seger sets the tone of THE ART OF ADAPTATION on the opening page: "In spite of what we may think, there is no such thing as an easy adaptation. We've probably all heard people say, `All you have to do is film the book,' Francis Ford Coppola tried that with the 1974 version of `The Great Gatsby,' and it failed. Others say, `This was immensely popular it's bound to be a blockbuster.' `Bonfire of the Vanities' was a best-seller, but the film was panned."
With exceptional lucidity, the author explains the issues and solutions in adaptations from fact and fiction into film. The book includes two detailed examples of successful adaptations: E. M. Foster's novel "A Room with a View" and Andrew Lloyd Webber's play "The Phantom of the Opera." Other examples include "Gone With the Wind," "It's a Wonderful Life," "Deliverance," "Dances With Wolves," " Silence of the Lambs."
This was the first Linda Seger screenwriting book I read. Impressed, I went on to study three more: "Creating Unforgettable Characters"; "Making a Good Script Great"; "Advanced Screenwriting." Each of them a five-star book.
-- C J Singh
Seger's writing is easy to follow and I find myself referring back to sections I've highlighted so I guess that means I'm getting something out of it. She occasionally seems to spend too much time on analyzing some stories (I found the "Gone with the Wind" stuff to drag quite a bit) but overall you get a lot of insight into different parts of the adaptation game which makes this a good read for those considering or about to take on an adaptation.
Out of the 3 books about Adaptation that I have read, this book is the most solid and helpful.