chapter  10
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Alternative Story Sources

First-rate screenplays are forever in short supply, so here are some other sources.

ADAPTING FROM LITERATURE There is a constantly growing supply of plays, novels, and short stories that might adapt well to the screen. Good literature can, however, be a quicksand if you assume that the story will make an equally fine film. Effective adaptation may actually be impossible if you can find no cinematic equivalent for the author’s writing style and literary form. A story that relies on a subtly ironic storytelling voice, for instance, might be a bad choice because there is no such thing as ironic photography or recording.