F is for… (#atozchallenge)

F is for…

 

Films (and TV) (and Facebook)

 

A short post today – brief and to the point (as if with the master waffler) – lots of questions for you though.

 

As much as I love reading I don’t do as much of it as perhaps I should because of watching films and television. To me though I see this as an essential part of learning my craft as a writer (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it). I don’t seem to go to the cinema as much anymore now I have Sky+ and the Movie Package and an extensive DVD collection. My biggest problem is that there is just too much to watch. American series are almost like a mini movie each week and I have to admit to watching and enjoying more US series to UK shows.

 

What I’ve enjoyed recently

UK Shows – Being Human (and the spin off episode Becoming Human), Hex

US Shows (too many too list really) – The Big C is very well written and acted, Castle, Bones etc etc etc.

Films – Just received the DVD of Life as we Know It (which I thought was pretty much perfect), How to Train Your Dragon, The Blindside.

 

Films I plan to see in the cinema this year

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2) (Squeeeee) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1). Also wondering if anyone wants to join me for Orange Wednesday on April 20th for a double feature of Red Riding Hood and Scream 4 (I went to see Scream on my own and it was one of the first DVDs I bought)?

 

On Book Adaptations

I know some people that, if they’ve loved the book, they simply refuse to watch the film. I usually want to see it filmed and do sometimes get annoyed that ‘it’s not like the book’ but as I’m getting more into screenwriting I am starting to realise that they are separate entities. (Still no excuse to move Hagrid’s hut from one place to another between films people or for the long boring stood on top of the tree bits of Twilight, imo). I think I’m learning things like the importance of elements other than dialogue and the need to start with action rather than exposition and back-story, techniques that will apply to fiction as well as screenplay writing.

I was given Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere for my Slingink Secret Santa book in 2009 and ordered the DVD of the TV series. I was actually quite disappointed in this and really think it deserves a film adaptation.

There is a series of children’s books that I think needs a tv series adaptation but I’m keeping that a secret for now!

 

Selected screenplays I own

Good Will Hunting

Pulp Fiction

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Random episodes of Buffy, Angel and Charmed

 

Sad or because I have a bad memory?

I keep all of my cinema tickets and the first few films I remember seeing in the cinema are The Little Mermaid, Kuffs and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I also remember paying under £2 rather than over £7 for a ticket).

 

I also spend too much time on Facebook (and Twitter) and I’m toying with the idea of a Kirsty Stanley (Writer) Page on Facebook. I’ve actually set one up but not shared it yet because I’m still in that, ‘Can I call myself a writer’ phase (I do have a few seconds where I say you can call yourself anything you want).

 

What are your favourite films and TV series?

Which do you prefer, UK or US Shows or ones another country?

What are the earliest films you remember seeing at the cinema?

What film do you look forward to seeing in the cinema this year?

What book would you like to see filmed, as a film or a series?

What do you learn from watching Films as opposed to reading books?

Writers with Facebook Pages, when did you feel ready to release yourself as a Page?

 

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Posted on April 7, 2011, in #am writing (and all things writing related), April A-Z Challenge, Kirsty rambles on about life, the universe, tv, and everything!, Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Ha! I remember seeing Kuffs with you – it’s still and awesome movie – I was so pleased to get Christian Slater’s autograph at the BAFTAs!!

    The US vs UK thing is tricky as there are merits and drawbacks to both – I agree the US dramas are like mini movies, but 24 episodes a season can make them drag, but then the average 6 episodes a season here in the UK is sometimes too short.

    I’m similar to you in that I love Greys, Bones, Castle etc and in movies I think we’re pretty similar but you watch more widely than me and I tend to like the obscure movies, as I said in my e post yesterday.

    I know I’m behind but I would like to see The King’s Speech sometime this year, and I would like to see Harry Potter at some point but I don’t feel the urgency that I used to – I’ll get round to it!

    I’d love to see a movie of the Kathy Reichs books – I know Bones uses the character, but the character in the book is totally different and a much more complex character.

    Films are useful in their own way, they give a different dimension to books. I know we all like to imagine things the way we want them, but it’s often interesting to see how other people see it and you can often draw more things out of the story than by reading it on your own – hearing books as audiobooks can do that sometimes too.

    You should go for the Facebook page. Your aim is to write professionally, you do write, so have the confidence now the say so – yes it’s not your profession at the moment, but you are a writer producing work. Just press the button – you can always take it down if you have a crisis!

    • I haven’t seen The King’s Speech or Black Swan…to be honest I will probably wait until they are on sky now.
      So jealous of all your BAFTA trips – do need to watch Kuffs again now (not sure if I have it on DVD or video or at all).

      I quite like the 12/13 episode seasons that are springing up.

      Thanks for the comments about the Facebook page. You are far too sweet to me.

      Kirsty

    • Was it when we saw Kuffs that we got free tickets to see Crimson Tides and we came out of the cinema at gone midnight to see stag do bloke vomiting? Good times!

  2. I am an American expat living in New Zealand. We have 4 TV channels. We get lots of US and UK Television shows, but they are all the same. First a horrid crime, then they solve it. My current favorites are Kiwi made. I was watching one for a year, because it was so funny. Then I found out it was a drama.

    • Hi Rhonda, thanks for commenting (they put you in spam which is very rude).

      I have to admit I rarely watch the 4 basic channels anymore, it’s only because of sky that I get the quality Programmes. I only watch a couple of the types of shows you identify but I agree there are hundreds.
      Love the comment about the comedic drama, is that a cultural difference in humour? Did you offend anyone by saying it was funny.
      Maybe I might see if sky has some other nations shows I can watch – I gave up on soaps (UK and Australian) a long time back so that limited me to 2.

  3. I’m sure I saw Bambi at the cinema very early on, but one film I can distinctly remember seeing at the cinema was (cringe) The Delinquents. That was at age 12, and I seem to recall seeing kylie minogue’s breasts.
    I am really not a cinema goer. In the last 10 years I have seen (at the cinema) Bridget jones diary, Simpsons movie, nativity, and we tried to see inception but they sold out so we went home. I think that’s actually it!! Oh, and space chimps. I took my son when he was about 3. There was a special weekday offer: we got tickets for both of us, plus a slush puppy each, and had change from 8 quid!

    • Wow, you are quite a filmy person so thought you would go more. Has this always been the case or just since you were mumified? I hardly go anymore but I love it when I do, especially now they have the rocking chairs. They are expanding Empire at Tower Park soon so it will have screens upstairs!!

  4. That’s an awful lot of questions Kirsty!

    I’ll start with the last one and see how far I get.

    I started my Writer page in order to keep the writing stuff separate from the more personal friend type stuff. It also means if someone you don’t know at all wants to follow you, you don’t have to give them access to all your friends.

    What are your favourite films and TV series? I don’t really watch that many films. My favourite recent TV series was Being Human and I guess coming up would be Doctor Who. I’m not really into a lot of the American stuff at the moment. I don’t like the moralising aspect of a lot of it.

    Which do you prefer, UK or US Shows or ones another country?
    Um, already answered that I think!

    What are the earliest films you remember seeing at the cinema?
    Really, really young? Snow White, Bambi. Bit older, Star Wars, Saturday Night Fever (our parents took us to see that under age – all made up and everything!), Close Encounters. Showing my age here, aren’t I?

    What film do you look forward to seeing in the cinema this year? Um, rarely go. Will wait for DVD/TV for most things.

    What book would you like to see filmed, as a film or a series? I’m not that keen on adaptations, so probably none. I think the medium of film is so different it should have content written specifically for it. Not try and fit a square peg into a round hole.

    What do you learn from watching Films as opposed to reading books? If you’re talking adaptations – that they perceive it in a completely different way from me and pick different bits as being the most important to the story.

    • Hi Juliet, yes sorry got carried away, didn’t expect everyone to answer all of them so well done.
      Doctor Who, looking forward to it.
      Your parents must have really wanted to see that film (and not pay for babysitters) to dress you up, excellent.
      I like all the films you saw at the cinema.
      Yes filmic adaptations are an odd kettle of fish. So if someone asked to make your book into a film would you have to write it or be closely involved in the decision making or would you pass it over and cover your eyes, or not sell the rights at all?

  5. Kirsty, I think the likelihood of me ever writing a novel is virtually zero, so won’t have that problem.

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