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ATLANTA – Written by M.L. Childs, Author, Screenwriter, Copywriter and Dramatic Historian
Avid readers tend to despise films based on the novels they read. What’s the reason? They believe that the film doesn’t follow the story line in the book the way it should. So, just why are films so different from books?
After learning screenwriting myself, I now know the answer to this puzzling question and I will try to answer it the best way that I can. For starters, most people aren’t novel readers. So, the details that work in a book won’t necessarily work on the big screen because most people will become bored with the details. Most people want the point to be made as quickly as possible and they want to be thrilled by what they are watching. This is one major reason why movies differ so much from the books on which they are based.
Another major reason is that screenplays — which are the driving force of any film — are a different beast from novels. Fiction books can include extensive narrative information but screenplays should not — there simply isn’t enough time to do so. A film is generally 120 minutes long which equates to one page each of a screenplay. This is about half or even a quarter of the pages of most novels written. So, screenwriters are under the pressure to fit everything into a small space. Not only this, film is dialogue, action and conflict and each scene should be filled with plenty of it; otherwise, people get bored with the movie and leave the theater or turn the television off. So a screenwriters task is not only to work within the confines of a tight space but also must play up the most interesting and critical scenes from a novel.
So, yes fellow novel readers, some of our favorite scenes in the book just may not make the cut in the screenplay because they may not come across on screen as fantastically as they do in the book. Or, the budget for some of these novel scenes just isn’t available for film scenes. Keep in mind that films are expensive projects and one extra minute of action may be costly.
“Trim the fat and get to the meat” is the name of the game when it comes to movies so try to be cognizant of this the next time you judge a film based on a novel.
A genie is out of his lamp and he and his companions live among other mortals undetected. But this genie’s love affair with a mortal woman threatens to unleash the truth about their secret existence — a secret they have protected for many centuries. Will fraternity or love prevail in “The Vital Sacrifice?”
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You are in for a cerebral workout of a lifetime from the moment you open up the novel, The Vital Sacrifice.
Superstar singer, Teresa McMillan, has been chasing success for many years and for her persistence, she’s been rewarded generously with many musical awards for her beautiful soprano voice. She is proud of her accomplishments but she is starting to feel incomplete because she has yet to get married and have a family with her fiance, Matthew Larkin.
Now, she is suffering from a mid-life crisis, torn between choosing continued career success or settling down and starting a family. This is causing her so much stress that she is becoming increasingly delusional. Nightmares, sleepless nights, and panic attacks have her on edge so much that she can’t even tell the difference between what’s real or imagined in her life anymore, especially when handsome, business mogul, Ali Rahman enters her life.
Is Ali a sly Casanova hell-bent on wrestling her from her fiance to make her his own? Or, is Teresa so far-gone in her delusions that Ali and all of the drama that emerges after meeting him just a figment of her imagination?
Prepare yourself for an unpredictable roller-coaster ride as your imagination spirals out of control along with Teresa’s already whimsical celebrity life.
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Teresa McMillan finds herself indecisive as she finishes her world tour. Like many successful, career-oriented women, she is torn between her career and a growing desire to get married and have a family with her steady boyfriend. As she is staring into the mirror in her dressing room before her concert in Milan, Italy, Teresa sees something appear and disappear in the reflection. Her agent makes a joke that it is the phantom of the opera coming to get her, a joke that she doesn’t find amusing.
Ali Abdur Rahman certainly isn’t the phantom of the opera, but he does appear in Teresa’s life as if out of nowhere. This handsome, wealthy businessman from the East sees an image of Teresa in the local newspaper while he is on a business trip in Milan and can’t believe his eyes.
Strike one: Teresa’s in a relationship. Strike two: She has no idea who Ali is. Strike three: Ali is a part of a cult of semi-immortal men that forbid prolonged contact with the human race.
Striking out will not stop Ali’s obsession with Teresa and this semi-immortal man will discover that succumbing to the power of love comes with a sacrifice.
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