Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Monday, April 29, 2013
By Suzanne Adair
Friday, April 26, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
By Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor for Southern Writers Magazine
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
by Gary Fearon, Creative Director, Southern Writers Magazine
|Have you considered adapting your own book?|
In a full-circle way, films often inspire moviegoers to read the original book on which their favorite flicks are based, so the two make a great partnership. In that spirit, I thought it would be enlightening to scan the list of some top movies which were adapted from the printed word. Do you remember seeing these books (prior to the movie coming out)?
JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton
THE PRINCESS BRIDE by William Goldman
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS by Thomas Harris
DELIVERANCE by James Dickey
DANCES WITH WOLVES by Michael Blake
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE by Anthony Burgess
FIELD OF DREAMS (based on Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella)
FORREST GUMP by Winston Groom
MILLION DOLLAR BABY (based on a short story by F.X. Toole)
In more recent years. Hollywood gave us:
THE SOCIAL NETWORK (based on The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich)
WAR HORSE by Michael Morpurgo
WE BOUGHT A ZOO by Benjamin Mee
HUGO (based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick)
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen
THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly
BEASTLY by Alex Flinn
I AM NUMBER FOUR by Pittacus Lore
JACK REACHER by Lee Child
CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK by Matthew Quick
ONE FOR THE MONEY by Janet Evanovich
LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL by Deborah Moggach
LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo
THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky
THE HOST (in theatres now) - Stephanie Meyer, of Twilight fame
Soon to come:
THE GREAT GATSBY — the fourth screen retelling of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic
THE SEVENTH SON — based on Joseph Delaney's The Spook's Apprentice
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY — based on a short story by James Thurber
DOROTHY'S RETURN (2014) — based on Dorothy of Oz by Roger S. Baum
Worth noting is that some of the biggest blockbusters like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Twilight and The Hunger Games were all series, and were all aimed at young adults. Does this say something about book-to-film potential? It definitely says that the younger generation is reading books, and I find that pretty encouraging.
In any given year, Hollywood translates dozens of books into film. As you're writing your next bestseller, it may not hurt to visualize being on the NY Times Best Seller list at the same time Meryl Streep accepts her Academy Award for playing your heroine.
Which reminds me, add THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, JULIE & JULIA and THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to that list.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Friday, April 19, 2013
http://www.amazon.com/review/create-review?ie=UTF8&asin=0310723442 This link takes you to the review page for Dead Man’s Hand, my YA mystery for boys)
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Confession time, I like country music. Why? Unlike some music genres, country music tells a vivid three-minute story in poetry set to music. Lyric writers don't have the luxury of 2500 word developed story. They must covey the story in poetry in incredibly tightly-written lyrics. Country songs tell a dramatic tale with descriptive prose. Country music lyrics give a snippet of everyday life. Poetic words set to music conjure immediate images in the listener's mind. The musically set poetry makes the mind recall the words when the tune starts. Much like readers do when they quote a favorite book.
Here are some examples of everyday stories told through country prose and music. To get the full impact of the importance of the words, I suggest you click on the links and close your eyes as the music starts. Can you see the story as it unfolds as the song progresses? Did you see the crime? His plan and the prison in "Ol' Red" sung by Blake Shelton? His escape?
This one caught me by surprise and I had to hear it again to make sure I heard what I thought I heard. Have you ever read a book and had to re-read a section to make sure you caught all the clues?
Of course, not all country music project a crime theme here are some links that have other tightly written poetic stories;
"My Front Porch Lookin In" By Lonestar, "Fly Over States" By Jason Aldean, "Something Like That" By Tim Mcgraw,and "This" By Darius Rucker
Start listening to some country stations and get in the poetry mode through various country artists. Why not try your hand at writing poems? Then submit them to the country music publishers. You never know, your words might be the next big country hit.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Doyne Phillips, Managing Editor of Southern Writers Magazine
Carter sat with expectations of praise but was surprised by Rickover with the question, “Did you do your best?” Carter thought then answered, “No, Sir, I didn’t always do my best.” With that Rickover ask, “Why not?!” The impact of that question was far reaching. Carter titled his book, Why Not the Best? It was also used as the theme of his Presidential Campaign.
I remember reading Carter’s book and asking myself, “Why not indeed?” Why not the best? David Cottrell in his book TheMagic Question reminds us what being the best means when he stated, ““The rewards for being the best as opposed to being average are heavily skewed. People want to work for the best, buy from the best, and deal with the best in almost every situation in our society. The best-selling books sell millions more copies than the average books. The best movies generate millions more dollars than 50 average movies. Likewise the rewards for being the best within your industry are enormous. Customers flock to winners. When you create an atmosphere where needs are being met, people will choose to go above and beyond to make a connection with the best.”
“Why not the best?” is something each of us must ask ourselves. We must search our souls and weigh the rewards against the commitment it takes to be the best. Once we have done that we may then ask ourselves, “Why not indeed?”