This, apparently, is what a reader for the movie studios makes of Angel Stations: "Fantastically expensive. Granted, quite a lot takes place indoors, but there are places where you couldn't get away with anything less than big SFX."

Well, I knew that. People used to say to me when I mentioned the book that they couldn't wait for the movie to come out: I would reply neither could I, once some Hollywood studio found the 300 million dollar budget it would take to film Angel Stations. The reader concludes: "Hopefully saleable before he's been dead 10 years."

... Quite.

What's strange about reading this - there's a fair bit more of it, but I won't bore you with the details - is the realisation that Angel Stations has a kind of life of its own, a separate entity now from the interior of my head, floating through newspaper offices, homes, studio script departments, wherever. I keep picturing the book sitting in a chair in some enormous office while some guy with a cigar tries to persuade it that it could have a better career if it just cut me loose.

Rotten book, stealing my career - doh!


Anonymous said...

I am interested in what you have to say; and if the text were easier to read, I would probably visit your blog more often. But the point size is too small and the colour too pale.
I am sure you understand the advantage of a presentation which is easy on the eye.
All good wishes, M

Anonymous said...

To give context to my previous comment: I, too, am a writer, spending a lot of time looking at words on a screen.

Anonymous said...

Cool to think that the film people are having a look at the idea of a movie - however expensive that idea may be!

By the way, there is an option in Internet Explorer [view >> text size] in which you can change the font size of a page if you are having problems reading the font.