3 - My (Embarrassing) Confession
I confess I didn't read this book in its entirety.
This novel flummoxed me, which is no doubt my fault. I just couldn't follow it.
However, I did skim nearly every page in preparation for reading the script.
It paid off tenfold:
- I'd never have understood just how much of the novel is in the script.
- I'd never have grasped how EVERY line in the script is truthful to the book (even though every line may not be IN the book).
- I'd never have seen how sprawling, difficult raw source material can be distilled into a screenplay.
So if you want to skip straight to the script, let me state something controversial:
READ (or skim) THE BOOK FIRST.WHAT I'VE LEARNED: I didn't regret the time I spent on the book.
William Goldman said in his forward to this shooting script that he spends SIX months on an adaption - the FIRST FOUR months reading and re-reading the book!
by William Goldman & Lawrence Kasdan
Adapted from the novel by Stephen King