The Obvious Choice

“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?”

I don’t know how any author could be asked to choose just one of their stories to be adapted for film. Each story is special in its own way and is a part of that author. When thinking about this topic at first I thought I would want to adapt Love Overcomes. I love the romance of it and that story has a special place in my heart as it was my first ever published book. Then I thought it would be lovely to see Magnolia put on film. There is a place in Scotland that I drew inspiration from and would love to be able to travel there for filming. However, Jade could be fun to film as well.

I suppose if I truly had to pick only one to be turned into a movie I would have to go with Love Overcomes. That story holds so much of myself in it. Writing that story was a form of therapy, dealing with the emotional aftermath of an abusive marriage as I wrote. I poured much of my hurt and insecurities into it. Being able to see Ara overcome her trepidation over opening herself up to someone again helped me and for that reason I would want to write the screenplay with someone who knows how to write such things. I’ve never written a screenplay and have heard that they are very different than writing novels. I have read that even some amazing authors can’t write a screenplay because it is such a different style than what they’re used to writing. I would want the studio to choose someone that they trusted to write the screenplay with me.

I would love to have input on actors and actresses but would obviously be open to seeing who a casting director might think would be good for the characters. It would be fun to be able to be on location and see my creation brought to life.

I think it could be exciting to watch all of this happen and have some role in the process!

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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8 Responses to The Obvious Choice

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Since proposing this topic, I’ve been in a quandary about how I might answer it.
    Guess we’ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.
    You indicate here your willingness to work with a screen-writer on the script. Do you think it would be difficult to handle those times when you see they’ve omitted a chapter, or excised a supporting character?

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  2. Authors are almost never able to keep their hands on their property when it is optioned to be made into a movie,(an upcoming guest of mine is an exception, but she’s part of a production company.)
    I will have more to say on that part of it for Friday, probably repeating myself from previous posts. I have not read Love Overcomes, but I must.

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  3. To have my stories put on the screen would be wonderful, but like you, Angela, I couldn’t pick one over the other. Someone else would have to choose the first one, and then I’d hope they’d pick the rest up as well.

    One problem with having my stories put on the screen is this. I’d have to take a very active role in the screen play, although I don’t have the expertise to write a screen play. Also, any changes to my story would have to be acceptable to me. That’s why I’m an Indie author to begin with. When I write a story, I don’t want things changed in it, unless I approve the changes.

    But we can all dream. 🙂

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    • I can see the appeal to having complete say over your work, it is difficult when someone else can make changes or even demand that you make them. That’s something I am looking into for myself now.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I would have a hard time choosing a book too.I like all of mine.

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  5. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Love Overcomes is a lovely story. I can see why you’d choose that one.

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