Book to Screen: The Adaptation of The Cider House Rules

Book to Screen: The Adaptation of The Cider House Rules

Screenwriter John Irving had the formidable task of condensing his own 550-page novel into a 136-page script for the 1999 film The Cider House Rules. He achieved this brilliantly – the script won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay – by focusing the screenplay on the central conflict.

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Book to Screen: The Adaptation of Public Enemies

Book to Screen: The Adaptation of Public Enemies

This article looks at the 2009 film Public Enemies (adapted from the narrative nonfiction book by Bryan Burroughs) in an attempt to explain why straying from the book, and sometimes making radical revisions, are necessary for the screenwriter to create a better experience for movie-goers.

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