Patricia’s Choice

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Our resident hound asked, “If one — and only one — of your stories would be adapted for the silver screen, which one would you select? Would you prefer to write the screenplay… or just watch from the sidelines while the studio uses whoever they use for such projects?”

This scenario seems a bit like the dilemma of choosing one’s favorite child. Authors often think of their writing in much the same way that we think of our children; we nurture them and watch them grow, and with great trepidation we send them off into the world, hoping that we’ve done enough for them to succeed. That said, as parents, we observe strengths each of our children has, and we have expectations about how they might do in certain situations. 

I’ve read that some authors actually “see” their stories in their minds, as if they’re watching a movie, and all they have to do is write the words (I’m totally envious – that sounds so much better than my “pulling teeth” method). 

I think I’ve envisioned each of my stories as a movie. Since I write sweet romance, I’ve often had friends tell me they could see my novellas as a made-for-TV movie on a popular channel that produces small-town sweet romance stories. That would be nice, too. But as far as a big budget action movie to be seen in a theater (I’m assuming that’s what’s meant by “silver screen”) I guess only one of my books might work in that setting, and that’s my first full-length novel, The Samurai’s Garden. For one thing, it’s the only one of my books that’s long enough for a film, and it’s got more of the sort of action that seems to be popular in films. There’s an actual fight scene, and the action takes place over a few years. 

I don’t think I’d want to write the screenplay. That book took me seven years to write, and that’s plenty of time to live in a story. Frankly, I’m not sure I’d want to see it. I don’t watch many films anyway, and knowing what happens to most stories when they’re adapted for the movie experience, I’m sure I’d be disappointed at some of the things that the creative geniuses would choose to leave out. I’d be satisfied just to know that someone thought my story good enough to make into a format that others would enjoy. 

And maybe I’d earn enough from selling the movie rights to splurge on a popcorn machine.

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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7 Responses to Patricia’s Choice

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Oh, you’d simply HAVE to watch it at least once… just so you could hold up your end of the conversations with fans at author signing events. You know, the ones who tell you they wish the movie had included such-and-such scene from your book… or they wonder why the movie had a totally different portrayal of Character ABCD than what they imagined from your story.


  2. I could see Samauri’s Garden on the big screen! Most of the works could be suited to a nice, well-produced TV movie. They are doing so many more these days with Netflix and others putting out some great pieces of film, but the garden, the houses, the landscape, the fight (!), and the costumes would be wonderful on the big screen…not that Iever see anything on cinema screens anymore.
    If Celtx is still running, it makes screenwriting/playwriting a breeze.


    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Thanks for the vote of confidence! When we went to Japan, I wanted to travel to the island where the story is set (it’s where my paternal grandmother came from), but I it didn’t work out. My mom’s family is all south of Tokyo. I’d have to do this on a research trip rather than a family visit.


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    This is an exciting idea. I do think I’d have trouble choosing which one to go with.


  4. trishafaye says:

    We’ll be rooting for you and will be first in line when it appears on the big screen!


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