Yes, it’s MOVIE TIME! The Fault in Our Stars opens tomorrow in a theatre near you. And I–because I’m a dad and deviousness is in my nature–have an assignment for you.
Now, I know many of you found this site because I used a very popular book name in my title (that’s rockin’ SEO). I hope some of you have entertained thoughts of writing your own novel some day (which is today, consider yourself hired). I especially hope there are some teenage types who’ve daydreamed about writing, or even taken the leap and posted some of your work online, maybe even submitted to publishers.
Let me say this, no matter which category you fall into: Most people do not want to be writers. If this is your dream, latch onto it and don’t let go. Fifty years goes by fast. Don’t get there and say “If only…”
Okay? Okay, let’s proceed.
The assignment is to go see The Fault in Our Stars. Eat popcorn. Have fun. Um…take a notebook (friends will stare…get used to it, you’re a writer). Then, if you haven’t done so already, read the book.
Now, every time you see something in the movie that was not in the book, after you whisper too loudly to your friend, “That wasn’t in the book!”, jot it down, or memorize it if you’re mind is sharper than mine.
If you see the movie first, reverse the process. At least it’s easier to take notes while you read.
Why are we taking notes during a movie, thus drawing attention to ourselves and outing ourselves as total nerds? Because it’s important to understand why there are differences in movie adaptations of books. You, the author, have a great advantage over the screenwriter. And we’ll discuss those advantages, and how to take advantage of them, after we’ve all seen the movie.
We learn to write firstly by reading lots of books, then studying the best to understand why they’re the best. If you don’t have a hard copy of The Fault in Our Stars, get one. Clip a highlighter to it. And a pen. This is your textbook. And mine.
Okay, enough lecture time.
Ready? Let’s go to the movies!
Are you joining this “class”? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you!