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Hollywood vs. The Author

P. J. OchlanSimon MattacksStephen Jay SchwartzAlan JacobsonTess GerritsenLee GoldbergNaomi HiraharaJoshua CorinAndrew KaplanLawrence BlockDiana GouldRob RobergeAlexandra SokoloffJames Brown

Discover the love-hate relationship between authors and Hollywood in the audiobook "Hollywood vs. The Author." This collection of non-fiction anecdotes shares firsthand experiences of authors who've entered the unpredictable world of Hollywood. Author Stephen Jay Schwartz, accompanied by editor Michael Connelly and other notable writers, chronicles the great divide between literature and the big or small screen. From the challenges of development rooms to the mishmash of story notes, these stories will entertain and inform aspiring authors and movie buffs alike. Dive into the wild and wacky world where literature and cinema collide.

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Audiobook: "Hollywood vs. The Author"

It's no secret that authors have a love-hate relationship with Hollywood. The oft-repeated cliché that "the book was better than the movie" holds true for more reasons than the average reader will ever know.

The Great Divide

When asked about selling their book rights to Hollywood, authors like to joke that they drive their manuscripts to the border of Arizona and California and toss them over the fence, driving back the way they came at breakneck speed. This is probably because Hollywood just doesn’t "get it." Its vision for the film or TV series rarely seems to match the vision of the author.

And for those rare individuals who’ve had the fortune of sitting across the desk from one of the myriad, interchangeable development executives praising the brilliance of their work while ticking off a never-ending list of notes for the rewrite, the pros of pitching their work to Hollywood rarely outweigh the cons.

A Journey to "Development Hell"

Stephen Jay Schwartz has sat on both sides of that desk - first as the Director of Development for film director Wolfgang Petersen, then as a screenwriter and author pitching his work to the film and television industry. He’s seen all sides of what is known in this small community as "Development Hell." The process is both amusing and heartbreaking.

Most authors whose work contains a modicum of commercial potential eventually find themselves in "the room" taking a shot at seeing their creations re-visualized by agents, producers, or development executives. What they often discover is that their audience is younger and less worldly as themselves. What passes for "story notes" is often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put the producer’s personal stamp on the project.

Inside Hollywood

Hollywood vs. The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand - some who have successfully managed to straddle the two worlds, seeing their works morph into the kinds of feature films and TV shows that make them proud, and others who stepped blindsided into that room after selling their first or second novels. All the stories in this collection illustrate the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen. They underscore the insanity of every crazy thing you’ve ever heard about Hollywood.

For insiders and outsiders alike, Hollywood vs. The Author delivers the goods. It gives readers a peek behind the curtain, revealing the challenges and frustrations of authors who have dared to venture into the unpredictable world of Hollywood.

So, whether you’re an aspiring author dreaming of one day seeing your work on the silver screen or a movie buff curious about the realities of adapting books into films, this audiobook provides an entertaining and informative exploration of the relationship between Hollywood and authors. Get ready to dive into the wild and sometimes wacky world where literature and cinema collide.

Additional Info

Book Name: Hollywood vs. The Author
Book Format: AudiobookFormat
Authors: Stephen Jay Schwartz - editorMichael ConnellyT. Jefferson ParkerLawrence BlockNaomi HiraharaAlexandra Sokoloff
Narrators: P. J. OchlanSimon MattacksStephen Jay SchwartzAlan JacobsonTess GerritsenLee GoldbergNaomi HiraharaJoshua CorinAndrew KaplanLawrence BlockDiana GouldRob RobergeAlexandra SokoloffJames Brown
Genres: Arts & Entertainment
Audiobook Length: 7H9M
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English
Publish Date: 2018-12-18
Last Price: 14.95 USD

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

What is the book 'Hollywood vs. The Author' about?

Hollywood vs. The Author is a collection of non-fiction anecdotes by authors who’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the development room firsthand, illustrating the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen.

Who is the editor of 'Hollywood vs. The Author'?

The editor of 'Hollywood vs. The Author' is Stephen Jay Schwartz.

Which authors have contributed to 'Hollywood vs. The Author'?

The contributing authors to 'Hollywood vs. The Author' are Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, Lawrence Block, Naomi Hirahara, and Alexandra Sokoloff.

What is the publisher of 'Hollywood vs. The Author'?

The publisher of 'Hollywood vs. The Author' is Brilliance Audio.

What do authors often discover when pitching their work to Hollywood?

Authors often discover that their audience in Hollywood is younger and less worldly than themselves. 'Story notes' provided by producers are often a mishmash of vaguely connected ideas intended to put their personal stamp on the project.

What does the book 'Hollywood vs. The Author' deliver?

'Hollywood vs. The Author' delivers a collection of non-fiction anecdotes that illustrate the great divide between the world of literature and the big or small screen, showcasing the insanity of Hollywood.

What do reviewers say about 'Hollywood vs. The Author'?

Reviewers found 'Hollywood vs. The Author' to be helpful, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing. It provides valuable insights for authors and screenwriters aspiring to work in Hollywood, warning them about the risks and challenges they may face.

Reviews

11 reviews for this audiobook
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    Ella Thompson 22-Oct-2023

    This audiobook is a thrilling clash between Hollywood and the author, filled with suspense and intrigue. The collection of talented writers, including Michael Connelly and Lawrence Block, guarantees an engrossing listening experience.

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    Jake Johnson 28-Oct-2023

    Absolutely loved this audiobook! The collaboration between Stephen Jay Schwartz and these incredible authors brings Hollywood and the author world to life. Each story is captivating and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

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    Sophia Davis 05-Nov-2023

    Hollywood vs. The Author is a masterpiece. Each story in this audiobook showcases the undeniable talent of the authors involved. I was captivated from start to finish.

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    Michael Adams 20-Nov-2023

    As a fan of crime thrillers, this audiobook hit all the right notes. The stories are gripping, the characters are well-developed, and the narration is top-notch. A must-listen for any crime fiction enthusiast.

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    Olivia Turner 10-Dec-2023

    I couldn't get enough of this audiobook. The suspense, the twists, and the incredible writing make it a true gem. Hollywood vs. The Author is a testament to the power of collaboration among talented writers.

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    Max Wilson 20-Dec-2023

    This audiobook takes you behind the scenes of Hollywood and the author's world in a way that keeps you hooked from beginning to end. The stories are expertly crafted, and the narration transports you into the heart of each thrilling tale.

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    Emily Scott 07-Jan-2024

    Hollywood vs. The Author is an adrenaline-packed ride through the worlds of filmmaking and writing. The stories in this audiobook are filled with suspense, drama, and unexpected twists. A true page-turner for your ears.

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    Daniel Rodriguez 25-Feb-2024

    The combination of Stephen Jay Schwartz's editing skills and the brilliant authors in this audiobook is a recipe for success. Each story stands on its own, showcasing the unique style and voice of its respective writer.

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    Amelia Martinez 04-Mar-2024

    I was instantly hooked by the concept of Hollywood vs. The Author, and this audiobook surpassed all my expectations. The stories are diverse and captivating, and the performances by the narrators add an extra layer of depth.

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    Nathan White 09-Apr-2024

    If you're looking for a thrilling audiobook that explores the clash between Hollywood and the author, this is it. The storytelling is superb, and the talented lineup of writers ensures a gripping and entertaining listening experience.

  • Em
    Emily Thompson 19-May-2024

    I loved every minute of listening to this audiobook. Each story is a brilliant showcase of the clash between Hollywood and the author. The characters are well-developed, the narratives are engaging, and the twists are mind-boggling.

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