Sunday, December 14, 2008

We'll know soon enough

In a very well done piece in the NY Times, Charles McGrath, a novelist of considerable note, muses about the viability of Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road. I've followed this a bit, and the whole tone of the accumulated opinion so far seems to rest on whether audiences turned onto Mad Men would take to it and drag enough others with them.
It was good to get a sense of how enthusiastic Kate Winslet seemed to be, but I sorely hope that a failed movie won't doom (re-doom?) a truly great novel.
I don't have a dog in this fight as such, but I wonder if such a novel can get an honest treatment from a medium that still has numbers, just maybe a game changer is afoot and quality scripts can routinely come from good novels.
It may help both mediums a bit.

Posted by David

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