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The Truth About Celia
Oh no, not the briar patch.
So, I am at work, supposedly updating links for 30 blackboard classes. Oddly, this leaves me brain space to think about other things. Like this.


Remember how I was talking about modern classics vs what teens actually read? This seems to be another REALLY GOOD example of such a thing.

I mean, don't get me wrong: I really liked Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret. When i was 13. It may even still be a good book. But the fact is a) it has a limited audience (how many boys out there have read it?), b) it's significantly dated, and c) well, it's boring. There's a difference between a good story for a book (comfortable, identifiable, etc.) and a good story in a movie. Are You There God will not make a good movie. The *idea* behind it might. But not the book. And this (for me at least) holds true with the many of the rest of them as well.

(To be fair, it holds true for many books just in general. I just feel that the adaptation to a script plus the updating of the story would end up with a movie just loosely based on the book.
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jwgh From: jwgh Date: September 22nd, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
My aunt and uncle, who are screenplay writers, had a meeting with Judy Blume once, but I forget what project they were being considered for (if it was anything specific). Whatever it was, they didn't get the job, unfortunately.

Apart from Blume and endless science fiction pulp I think the big YA author of my teens was Daniel Pinkwater, but I'm not sure if 'Alan Mendelsohn, Boy From Mars' could be turned into a successful movie. (Though I'd kind of like to see someone give it a try.)
From: pigeopel Date: April 14th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC) (Link)
I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your great points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

From: mauriziaigaf Date: November 2nd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don’t usually reply to posts but I will in this case.

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