The MFA program I’m applying for wants a screenplay. I’ve never written a screenplay, and so I thought that taking my novel and turning it into a screenplay would be the easiest thing to do.
More the fool me.
I’ve cut the first chapters. Three or five? I’ve lost count. Characters are deleted. Scenes relocated. And it makes me wonder if these scenes should’ve been cut from the novel in the first place.
If you have ever criticized a movie for butchering a novel, pick up your own cleaver and give this process a whirl. See how much blood you spill.
So, for those of you who have read my novel The Labyrinth House, here are the butchered bits. Instead of beginning in the house with Mercie and her housemate, we begin in front of the aunt’s house with the mom and dad. The horrible cousin is gone. The grandmother is no longer upstairs, but downstairs. And the mother’s promise is broken before Mercie goes into the woods instead of after.
But, you know, the spirit is the same. Right?
What movie do you think does justice to the book it is based on? And what movie was a travesty? Why do you think one adaptation works and another doesn’t? What book would you love to see turned into a film?