Brief, but enjoyable memoir about the novels of John Irving that were brought to the screen, which at the time were "The World According to Garp" (a success), "The Hotel New Hampshire" (not a success), and "The Cider House Rules" (won some Oscars). He spends most of his time on "Cider House," as it took a while to come to the screen and was the one he was most involved with. As in his novels, Irving is witty, observant, and unsentimental. I think his novels are far too nuanced, sprawling, and complex to be really adapted successfully, but I enjoyed reading about the process and his thoughts about each film.
John Irving begins with a description of the writings of his grandfather, a better doctor than writer. Most of the book deals with Irving''s books being made into films. The discussion of screen-play versus novel writing is particularly interesting. The focus of the book is Cider House Rules, which went through 4 directors and a number of screenplays. Irving explains the differences between the movie and the film and why characters, timelines and plot all were changed. Definitely made me want to read Cider House Rules and watch the movie again. My Movie Business is quite short and I would have liked to hear more about other films. There is some discussion of Garp and Hotel New Hampshire.
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