Some writers, such as William Goldman who wrote Princess Bride, were also movie script writers. Goldman also wrote the first script treatment for Flowers for Algernon, although eventually another writer wrote what would become Charly.

Sometimes — going in reverse — the movie can transcend the novel. Stanley Kubrick’s treatment of A Clockwork Orange is an example, not to mention his treatment of Thackeray’s Barry Lyndon, which glows in its visuals.

And who can possibly forget the opening of The Sound of Music? From the very first moments, Julie Andrews owns that film.

Taking a leaf from the cinematographer’s handbook is a way of adding an extra dimension to prose. It need not be overt; the reader’s mind will unpick the imagery, making the act of reading into seeing and experiencing.

I must try this in my own work. What works on the big screen can also do double duty on the Kindle page.


Britni Pepper has always enjoyed telling stories. About people, places and pleasures.

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