When we think of adaptations for film and TV we usually think of the source material as a book. Well, here’s a reality check. The industry has been keeping up with hit podcasts for years, poaching ideas when they are just too good to pass up. In fact, podcasts have become a bit of a backdoor to TV and film. The reason is, they are a low-risk testing ground for the pricier mediums of film and television. In a podcast, the narrative strength of an idea can be tested on audiences before committing millions of dollars to produce it as a film or TV series.
Earlier this year, Ukrainian-born American writer and filmmaker Kristina Birk released her debut novel Out Of Oblivion: How I Left OB-LOM. She agreed to answer a few of our questions about her new book, the current state of the world, her creative process, and more. Check it out!
Let’s face it, with everyone watching video in copious amounts, it should be no surprise that the cinematic book trailer is more popular and effective for commercial fiction as well as indie authors than ever. Quality production makes for attention-grabbing, often emotional experiences for viewers. Some of the most-viewed book trailers of all time have reached millions of people! Let’s take a look at some of these fantastic book trailers and why they’re so great.
Novelists spend a lot of time by themselves, in front of a word processor, furiously slapping their fingers against a keyboard. Sometimes they get lucky and spell out coherent words, other times they “accidentally” download internet pornography. It’s a tricky balancing act, and only the most talented writers are able to figure out a method that allows them to do both. Sometimes novelists need a break from the written word AND pornography, however, which I admit does sound bizarre, but it’s true. Which is how, once in a while, we end up witnessing a novelist venture out into the world of filmmaking—specifically, in the examples presented in this article, directing. Novelists such as…
Maybe you’re a YouTuber looking to venture outside of your daily norm vlogging about what you had for breakfast. Maybe you crawled out of a hole in the ground you’ve been living in since the cold war and just found out about the internet. Whatever your circumstances, if you’re interested in learning how to start a booktube channel in 2021 this list is for you.
I’ve always believed that reading texts out loud — to your children, to your partner, to an audience of strangers — should make them better. Adding an instrument, your voice, to words on a page should add a new dimension to a story. This is not a universal truth (truth being one of the most useless categories in writing, the arts, and life in general) but something I’ve been striving for in my own writing. Whatever I’ve written, mostly novels and short stories, I’ve imagined to be read, to be performed, in front of willing listeners. As a boy I read for guidance, didn’t want to get swept away, needed proof that rules in life existed for good reason. In the end, I found that each thought is canceled out by its exact opposite, both true. Therefore, I’m equally convinced that reading has to be more than making a film in your own head in order to be called reading. Writing has to be more than putting together a text that is easily transferable to a stage or screen. But that’s another story.
Welcome to the year ‘21, y’all. In the spirit, we’ve compiled this list of 21 short films based on short stories for your enlightenment and enjoyment. You can usually find a short film based on a short story near the beginning of your favorite directors’ filmography. Similarly, many famous authors cut their teeth on the short story format when they were first starting out. Some of these shorts are obscure, some won Oscars, all are literary adaptations for film and that’s what we’re about. Enjoy!
Authors must find a way to prevail over this seemingly never-ending pandemic…and they are! As writers, we spend entire segments of our lives crafting new works. To see them pop out of our imagination and into the world is insanely gratifying, and we feel a responsibility to do everything in our power to launch a book that finds an audience. One of the key ways to do that has always been book readings.
As book trailer makers, we’re all about seeing books adapted for the screen. So we get excited when we hear news of big stars and major production companies acquiring literary rights. We get even more excited when we hear they’re getting ready to go into production. Here’s a taste of what’s shooting in 2021.