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Would this book work on film, TV or as a play?

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img.clipartpig.comHello and a very warm welcome to my new website and blog. I’ll be blogging regularly on here on the theme of ‘Books I’d like to see on film/radio/TV’ (The title may yet change if I can think of a better one – suggestions welcome!)

The idea is that you send me titles of books you think would work on screen –  or as a radio or theatre play, come to that. Any genre is welcome, though I don’t like extreme horror and violence and would be unlikely to read the book in that case. Send me the title, author, and your reasons for thinking this particular book would work well in the medium you suggest. Feel free to suggest actors and directors too, and any ideas you may have for how it should be played or filmed. If it’s already been made into a film (or whatever) and you think it should be done again, differently and better, that’s fine.

Oh, I should add that it’s OK to suggest your own book or one written by a friend, but please be upfront about that, and tell me why it would work on film (etc) and how you’d go about it.

I’ve already got a list of suggestions made to me by various colleagues and friends, to get me started, but I look forward very much to hearing from you – either to recommend a book or to comment on a previous post and let me know what you think. When you next pick up a book, ask yourself, ‘Would this work on TV, film or as a play?’ and if you think it might, get in touch.

Take care and happy reading.



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  1. Ros

    Hi Melissa. That's interesting to think of it the other way round. Not sure about Coronation Street, though I have come acroos series like 'Neighbours' in book form. And there are several books from the BBC Radio 4 series 'The Archers' and of course 'Dr Who'. Personally I never think these book spin-offs work very well. They always seem rather flat, though I'm not sure why - any ideas, anyone?

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  2. Melissa Lawrence

    Great idea Rosalie and I'm really looking forward to seeing what books people suggest. Your post has certainly made me think about what it is that makes a book work (or not work) on TV or as a film or a play. And what about the other way round? Has anyone written 'Coronation Street' as a novel yet??

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