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Books into Movies
Topic by: underdog
Posted: September 25, 2003 - 1:27 PM PDT
Last Reply: January 8, 2004 - 4:40 PM PST

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underdog
post #1  on September 25, 2003 - 1:27 PM PDT  
Hey all,

I'm a teaching assistant for a college course on writing and we're going to do a section on short stories that were adapted into film. And I also want to talk about stories that I/we would like to see adapted but haven't as of yet. (Perhaps I can still the idea and buy the movie rights. Heh)

So there are of course some I can think of off the top of my head, like the Raymond Carver stories adapted into Short Cuts, some of the Philip K Dick shorts which were made into sci fi features, and so on... but if you can think of any of your favorites, list 'em here!

And if you want to plug any story (preferably a short story to go in line with the class, but a novel is cool too) that you think would make a good film, post it here, too (with why you think so).

Please use the back of this sheet if necessary, write legibly and you may consult textbooks. Er. Well, anyway, thanks!

C
underdog
post #2  on September 25, 2003 - 1:33 PM PDT  
Er, *steal* the idea I meant. Keep forgetting we have a preview button now. ;-)

Anyway, I thought of a few to get the ball rolling here...

I believe The Company of Wolves was adapted from a few short stories...

Memento (from the short story "Memento Mori")

The Killers (adapted and really stretched from short Hemingway story)
Cinenaut
post #3  on September 25, 2003 - 1:37 PM PDT  
The Swimmer was a John Cheever short story.
Cinenaut
post #4  on September 25, 2003 - 1:44 PM PDT  
Nobody's Fool was a Richard Russo novel.

Russo's Empire Falls is also being made into a movie.
underdog
post #5  on September 25, 2003 - 2:14 PM PDT  
The Swimmer is a great call! Thanks. I have that one in my queue; will have to move it up.

And Russo is one of my favorites. Although my workshop teacher, who also loves his stuff, and I got into an argument about the Nobody's Fool adaption -- I liked it much more than she did. Straight Man is another favorite; probably best left as an unadapted book.

Who will be in the Empire Falls movie?


Jesus Son is another good one...
Cinenaut
post #6  on September 25, 2003 - 2:32 PM PDT  
> On September 25, 2003 - 2:14 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Who will be in the Empire Falls movie?
> ---------------------------------

Looks like Empire Falls will be a TV movie? Cable, I presume. Ed Harris, Dennis Farina, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, William Fichtner, Helen Hunt... good solid cast.

Then there's Fahrenheit 451

dpowers
post #7  on September 25, 2003 - 2:49 PM PDT  
my favorite is still an occurrence at owl creek bridge.

read the story here (for the moment)
wdrazo
post #8  on September 25, 2003 - 7:20 PM PDT  
Smooth Talk (1985) with Treat Williams and Laura Dern, based on the short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been", by Joyce Carol Oates.

dh22
post #9  on September 25, 2003 - 7:28 PM PDT  
How about Stand By Me. Excellant movie, and will probably be the most familiar to your class.
AKrizman
post #10  on September 25, 2003 - 7:35 PM PDT  
In the Bedroom was adapted from the short story Killings by Andre Dubus. I understand only the third act was adapted from this story and director Todd Field wrote the more significant first two acts.

Stephen King had many short stories adapted into film, most notably The Shawshank Redemption from the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.
Anhedonic
post #11  on September 25, 2003 - 7:49 PM PDT  
Hitchcock's 'The Birds' was based on the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, and 2001 a Space Odyssey was based on Arthur C. Clark's short story 'The Sentinel'
zuzucat
post #12  on September 25, 2003 - 8:03 PM PDT  
> So there are of course some I can think of off the top of my head, like the Raymond Carver stories adapted into Short Cuts, some of the Philip K Dick shorts which were made into sci fi features, and so on... but if you can think of any of your favorites, list 'em here!

How about Personal Velocity which was adapted from Rebecca Miller's short stories (the daughter of Arthur Miller, this is her first time directing)?

--zuzucat

dpowers
post #13  on September 25, 2003 - 10:35 PM PDT  
and foxfire, adapted a joyce carol oates book. early, earnest angelina jolie.
hamano
post #14  on September 26, 2003 - 4:10 AM PDT  
Professor Dawg:

Is this a class on novels or just short stories? My course catalogue said "Books into Movies"...

Short Stories

Poe
The Fall of the House of Usher (1960)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
The Pit and the Pendulum (1991)
The Masque of the Red Death (1964) (Not at GreenCine)

Joyce
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1977)
The Dead (Not out on DVD!)
msilenus
post #15  on September 26, 2003 - 7:25 AM PDT  
> On September 25, 2003 - 2:49 PM PDT dpowers wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> my favorite is still an occurrence at owl creek bridge.
>
> read the story here (for the moment)
> ---------------------------------

Ahhhh another Ambrose Beirce fan....Im reading at the moment the collected horror and supernatural stories of Algernon Blackwood...check it out if you get a chance. Some truly creepy stuff from the beginning of the 20th century.:)-MS
underdog
post #16  on September 26, 2003 - 10:24 AM PDT  
> On September 26, 2003 - 4:10 AM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Professor Dawg:
>
> Is this a class on novels or just short stories? My course catalogue said "Books into Movies"...
>

It's actually on short stories (from Russian classics to contemporary American), but since I was unspecific and since I also hope to eventually teach a class on adapting books anyway, this is ALL helpful!


These are all great suggestions, folks! Thank you

The Dead is a good one -- don't know how I missed that. Yeah, why isn't it on DVD? Oh well, we have a VHS machine in the class anyway. Maybe we'll talk about that. Although these undergrads were confused enough by Chekhov so I don't know how they'd deal with Joyce... but it's an idea.

The Rebecca Miller work is a good idea too -- one of the few very contemporary pieces of writing that were adapted into a film (and about the only one I can think of directed by the writer). I was actually disappointed by the film overall, though it was very well shot and acted. Just found it kind of clunky dramatically. But it would still be worth discussing.

All very helpful, guys!

C
hamano
post #17  on September 26, 2003 - 10:50 AM PDT  
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty


And Kurosawa's Rashomon was based on two short stories by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Rashomon and In the Grove. In the Grove is actually the story with multiple perspectives that Rashomon is most commonly associated with.
hamano
post #18  on September 26, 2003 - 11:05 AM PDT  
Let us not forget Heart of Darkness.
JHeneghan
post #19  on September 26, 2003 - 11:37 AM PDT  
I have 'Nightfall' by Isac Asimov in my queue. Haven't seen it yet so I don't know how it works.

Ray Bradbury's "Ilustrated Man" and "Martian Chronicles", both collections of short stories, have been made into movies/videos.

UK Leguin's 'Lathe of Heaven'
JHeneghan
post #20  on September 26, 2003 - 11:43 AM PDT  
And Hitchcock's "Sabotage" is based on Conrad's "The Secret Agent". There are several other movies based on that title as well.
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