…..into a novel, an exercise I’d been considering for awhile now.
This particular screenplay is something I wrote many years ago, more as a response to the Women as Victim trope that was prevalent in film (and TV) than with any real hope of getting it produced. It’s a very dark piece, probably the darkest bit of writing I’d ever done before or since, but it was a very satisfying story to write, not the least of which was turning the tables on the afore mentioned trope.
The fact that this particular trope has yet to be retired suggests that this screenplay (soon to be turned into a novel) is still relevant.
For the most part, not a lot will change within the narrative as I shift the story from one medium to another. At least two of the characters are going to go through major revisions, but this is due to the fact that they were not clearly defined in the screenplay. One character didn’t have a direct connection to the story arc in the script, but in the novel, I can correct that.
Because this is a thriller with elements of police procedural, there will be some major research to undertake. I’ll also be delving into Greek mythology, Shakespeare, and music to underscore some of the themes I’m planning to incorporate into the story. True crime writers will also be a source of information and inspiration.
I’m looking forward to seeing where this project goes.
May 24, 2022 at 11:19 AM
That sounds like a really cool project, and in these trying political times, I would love to see that trope flipped on its head.
May 24, 2022 at 6:21 PM
Thank you! Yes, writing the screenplay was a challenge, but a lot of fun. I suspect that revising and adapting it into novel form will bring its own challenges, especially in terms of research. 🙂