Hollywood: Lights! Camera! Your Novel!

With the literary successes of novels turned movies as of late,  “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” “The Help” and yes, I daresay, even “Fifty Shades of Grey,” it’s evident that Hollywood is always on the lookout for what they can tout as the next best thing.

Which is why, it’s completely normal, and IMHO, highly recommended that we, as writers, dream of the day when a movie director/producer contacts us to say the studio wants to make our novel or WIP into a motion picture. 

We would squee with delight when they offered us a job as the film’s technical/script adviser, and gave us a say on who will play our characters.(Now that is dreaming!)

I admit. There are times when I’m writing that I pause to fantasize about who would play my characters. (I even made a trailer for my book. My very first. And it shows. 😉 That’s why I’m not sharing it just yet! )

My critiquing partner is very close to seeing his dreams fulfilled. He has an agent who is in the process of trying to sell his book, which is set in Burma 570 AD, to a major publisher. When we’re discussing marketing strategies for his book, we even go so far as to act as though we’re the casting directors, picking and choosing which actor or actress would do his work justice!

It’s fun to let your mind wander with the “what ifs” and not so much, “the why not me.” Writing is tough enough. Who needs to tack on negativity to an already taunting endeavor? We can’t let someone else’s success muddy our own ambitions. Positive thinking and a little fun in between chapters, scenes and lines is good for a writer’s soul and well-being.

So, what about you?

When that day comes …when Hollywood comes a knockin’ …will you be ready?  Do you know which actor or actress could pull off playing your hero and/or heroine? Or even better, your villian? Would they be a well-known actor or someone struggling to get into the business? Lots of choices, huh?

As for me, I think Antonio Banderas and Gabrielle Union would make a wonderful Marcus and Octavia, in my book.

Come on. It’s okay. Dream with me for a little while. Because, hey, you never know!

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4 thoughts on “Hollywood: Lights! Camera! Your Novel!

  1. Ms. Nine says:

    Speculative fun…make believe…Nice to thing about.

    • nettrobbens says:

      I agree! A writer’s characters are their friends. Wouldn’t it be cool to have the perfect person bring your friend to life? Thanks for commenting.

      N

  2. I think that you write very well. Or should it be: I think your writings are very good?

    It is your option to keep dreaming and to believe in yourself. I think this is the difference between a good writer and a so-so writer. You are the one that can make your dreams happen.

    Obviously, I am not a writer but I enjoy reading what you have to say. Keep up the nice posts.

    • nettrobbens says:

      Hi and thanks so much for the compliment and for commenting. You’re so right. We are the ones who make our dreams happen. It boils down to what we want and how hard we work for it. Thanks again for stopping by.
      N

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