As a screenwriter, I’m asked this question often. I have to chuckle every time I hear it, because of the presumed assumption that I read books. Or “novels,” as my interlocutor would have it.
Whatever. When I’m in a hurry and just want to rip somebody off because my script is due in a couple of hours, here are the kinds (or would that be “kind”?) of books that I raid:
5. The Bible (all due respect to those who treat it as non-fiction) – Nobody reads no more. The only way you’re gonna meet Jesus is by going to the movies. But straight to video would be ok, too, for home study and prayer.
4. Huckleberry Finn – White kid runs away from home and has adventures with a big black man. This movie will not be for everyone.
3. Casino Royale – The first of the James Bond novels. After you make the movie, you come back to the other Ian Fleming books. Sequel gold! The only thing that could screw this up would be the fall of the Soviet Empire.
2. Any book where a guy and a gal meet cute and have tussles before the final clinch. I’m thinking “Pride or Prejudice” or a Danielle Steele book or something else the same as them.
1. Spot, the Dirty Dog – Or any other fracking dog book. Those things can’t miss!
Thanks to bloglily for the topic.