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Adaptations: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films

Adaptations: 35 Great Stories That Have Inspired Great Films
Your Price: $22.95 CDN
Author: Stephanie Harrison
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 640
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 1400053145
ISBN-13: 9781400053148

About the Book:

Adaptations is an Eclectic Collection of Fiction That Inspired Film

Memento, All About Eve, Rear Window, Rashomon, and 2001: 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: From Short Story to Big Screen gathers together 35 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 Eve).

Categorized 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 2002 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 2003 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 Shepherd

Whether 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.

What people say:

"Avid readers and film 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 devotes a chapter to every imaginable genre, prefacing each with quotes and anecdotes from writers, directors and actors associated with the creative endeavors selected. ...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." — Booklist

"... and that her anthology includes Philip K. Dick, Harvey Pekar and Anton Chekhov demonstrates Harrison's good, not to mention wide-ranging, taste." — Premiere

"It's that rare book that isn't just welcome in the world but one that's long been needed." — Buffalo News

"Stephanie Harrison has smartly made a kind of double book. Adaptations can be read as a fascinating anthology of the short story as a form, not simply the "best" literary or memorable popular pieces but an eclectic nature walk through short stories in all their varieties. But for TCM viewers more interesting is the other book, the one about how these stories became films and what occurs along those paths, something Harrison covers nicely in the introductions to each grouped section." — Prelude to a Kiss

About the Author:

Stephanie Harrison teaches in the state university system of Florida.