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Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby DrG2 » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:26 pm

In a screenwriting book I'm reading right now, the author (Mark Evan Schwartz) says that:
Novels are about characters thinking.
Plays are about characters talking.
Screenplays are about characters doing things.

I don't think he came up with that himself, but I wondered what you thought of it in general terms. Can you have a scene in a novel that reads like the witty banter of an Oscar Wilde play? Can you have true spectacle in novels?

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Re: Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby TerryRodgers » Sat Mar 22, 2014 8:44 pm

I've always wondered about screenplays and movie adaptation. How much of the screenplay is followed, and how much of it really becomes the actor or actress making it their own?

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Re: Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby cynfranks » Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:34 pm

I've heard this differently:

Plays are dialog driven.
Screenplays are image driven.
Novels are thought driven.

I used to have a t-shirt that read:
Theatre is art.
Film is entertainment.
TV is furniture.

I know, not really the same thing.

I think good storytelling is good storytelling. You have to take into consideration the strengths and weaknesses of each medium and tell the best story you can. The story dictates what you can and can't do.

Read Thornton Wilder's "On Playwriting." He is brilliant on this subject. ("On Playwriting," is an essay in Playwrights on Playwriting. I've not seen it anyplace else.)

Great topic though. I can't wait to read the other replies.
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Postby cynfranks » Sun Mar 23, 2014 3:35 pm

In recent years, I've read a number of books, mostly in the YA genre, that have been affected by the film industry. They read like word movies. But this isn't a bad thing. Many have been very well written. However, I can't remember one of them. Interesting.
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Re: Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby MookyMcD » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:15 pm

I write almost entirely dialogue-driven narratives, so I can't really buy into this at all.

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Re: Contrasting Novels, Plays, Screenplays

Postby DrG2 » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:25 pm

followup question. Assuming novels are driven by characters' thoughts, can very objective narrators be effective? or, how frequently must the narrator dip into the thoughts and feelings of a character?

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