Please join me in welcoming fellow author, Annalisa Crawford, to the blog! Annalisa is on her world tour to promote her latest short story collection: You. I .Us.  I got to ask Annalisa one question to which she gave an in depth answer.  I hope you enjoy this post, I know I had fun with it!

 

My Question: I’ve heard directors say that it’s easier to make a short story into a film than a novel. My hunch is that this is because a short story can be fleshed out while a novel must be pared down. Which of your short stories, in this collection or no, would make the most intriguing film and how would you suggest the director explore the themes visually?

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Hi Libby, that’s a great question—I definitely think short stories make better films. Some films of novels just don’t have the same depth. (Just look at the film version of Pride and Prejudice compared to the BBC version!)

I think my story Circle of Chaos would make an interesting film, or at least a great premise—it’s about a group of 40-something women who meet regularly and encourage each other to do random or remarkable things.

It’s a story of friendship, in the main, but I started writing it as a kind of female Fight Club. The women in this story have all forgotten who they used to be, so the group reminds them. I’d love to see it as a British partly-improvised, gritty film, rather than a polished Hollywood version—something along the lines of Begin Again.

Thanks Annalisa!  Now I am definitely intrigued.

YOU. I. US

You. I. Us. is a collection of vignettes, small scenes which hint at the story beneath.

 

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This. Cover. Is. GORGEOUS.

You. I. Us.

Publication date: June 10, 2016
Genre: Short Stories (Single Author)

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In You. I. Us., Annalisa Crawford captures everyday people during  poignant defining moments in their lives: An artist puts his heart into his latest sketch, an elderly couple endures scrutiny by a fellow diner, an ex-student attempts to make amends with a girl she bullied at school, a teenager holds vigil at his friend’s hospital bedside, long distance lovers promise complete devotion, a broken-hearted widow stares into the sea from the edge of a cliff where her husband died, a grieving son contacts the only person he can rely on in a moment of crisis, a group of middle-aged friends inspire each other to live remarkable lives.

Day after day, we make the same choices. But after reading You. I. Us., you’ll ask yourself, “What if we didn’t?”

About the author

Annalisa Crawford lives in Cornwall UK, with a good supply of moorland and beaches to keep her inspired. She lives with her husband, two sons, a dog and a cat. Annalisa writes dark contemporary, character-driven stories. She has been winning competitions and publishing short stories in small press journals for many years, and is the author of Cat & The Dreamer and Our Beautiful Child.

www.annalisacrawford.com

17 thoughts

  1. It’s fascinating that Annalisa would like a gritty, improvised film rather than a Hollywood-style movie. I think that shows how important her stories’ characterizations are. I’m also very happy she wrote in the descriptions that it contains some vignettes. Many authors don’t know the difference between those and short stories. Wishing Annalisa much success with her new release!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Lexa. When I answered this question (a couple of weeks ago, now) I’d just been watching Begin Again, which had such a lovely undone feel – a style that would suit my stories so well.

      To non-writers, I’m just calling them flash fiction, otherwise it becomes a half-hour lecture 🙂

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  2. That really was a great question. I agree that short stories make better films because their length is perfect and scenes could easily be expanded for a film. Because novels do have to be parred down, we lose so much.

    Congrats to Annalisa!

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  3. I would agree. Stephen King’s short stories are a great example. Several of his short stories have been such incredible films. It gives the film’s creative team the leeway they need to add or subtract for the good of the storyline.

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