Angie Coiro (coiro) Tue 2 Sep 03 16:47
Witherspoon! That's an inspiration! Or Renee. I'd be way happy with Renee. (Since Mary can't talk casting, we can just speculate all over the place!! Hmm, the professor's boyfriend - who d'ya think? I can see George Clooney, 'cept he's a bit too glamorous.)
Teleologically dyslexic (ceder) Tue 2 Sep 03 16:51
He can tone it down. ;-)
Suttle (su) Tue 2 Sep 03 23:27
Anne Boyd (nitpicker) Wed 3 Sep 03 10:20
John Cusack for the screenwriter boyfriend.
Mary Mackey (mm) Wed 3 Sep 03 10:32
Hello to Goddess595. It's great to have someone from outside the Well contribute to the conversation. First, thanks for saying "The Stand In" is "exceptionally funny." That's just the sort of thing an author loves to hear. As for the dialogue, "The Stand In" is somewhat an exception when it comes to adapting novels to film. Often the dialogue in novels is too formal or too complex to be put directly into a film script (plays are better in this respect). I intentionally crafted the dialogue in "The Stand In" to be contemporary and colloquial-that is to sound exactly like spoken speech. Much of it involves fast-paced, funny comebacks and one-liners. This meant that a lot of the words spoken by Jayne and Mary Lynn in the novel could simply be translated into dialogue on the screen without having to rewrite. The main thing Renee and I had to do was cut the novel dialogue (1)for pacing, (2) because a film script is so much shorter than a novel, and (3) because some of the verbal comedy of the novel is replaced by visual comedy in the film. We also created new dialogue, equally funny-in fact so funny it had us laughing so hard we could barely breathe.
She's got a wireless card AND coffee! (tinymonster) Wed 3 Sep 03 11:03
Ohh, now I really can't wait! (BTW, <54> is definitely inspired!)
She's got a wireless card AND coffee! (tinymonster) Wed 3 Sep 03 11:13
And on the "can't wait" matter, do you have an idea yet of a time frame for the movie to start shooting, or are there still too many variables in the mix?
Moist Howlette (kkg) Wed 3 Sep 03 11:35
I'm wondering about that too, but also Mary (wink, nudge), where do you get your ideas?
Moist Howlette (kkg) Wed 3 Sep 03 21:36
while Mary ponders this question, I'm off to Chicago. Will check in Thursday evening from there with more...
from GODDESS595 (tnf) Thu 4 Sep 03 09:31
Goddess595 writes: > I'm curious who might be a likely casting match up in light of younger > males for the two boyfriends...
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Thu 4 Sep 03 10:57
And I'm wondering about your next novel, "Sweet Revenge," which you mentioned earlier in this discussion. Have you started it yet? What's it about? And since you said you planned on writing more under the Kate Clemens nom du plume, are you abandoning "Mary Mackey" as an author?
Mary Mackey (mm) Thu 4 Sep 03 13:54
No way I am abandoning "Mary Mackey"! I plan to publish several comic novels under "Kate Clemens" (perhaps an entire series) and continue to publish other novels and poetry under Mary Mackey. (Fortunately with multiple personalities and pen names one does not need to get a kennel license.) As for "Sweet Revenge", I have not only started it, I've finished it. Last week I went over the copyedited manuscript and sent it back to my editor at Kensington Books. "Sweet Revenge" is about a woman who runs a revenge consulting service. It was incredibly fun to write (I loved thinking up scores wickedly ingenious, hilarious ways to get revenge). The novel will be available in May 2004. (My husband, who read part of it in manuscript, says he is never, never going to cross me . . . )
Mary Mackey (mm) Thu 4 Sep 03 13:55
Back to "The Stand In": I don't know what the time frame is for the movie to start principle photography (that is to "start shooting"). There are too many imponderables at this stage. Of course, as far as I'm concerned, the sooner the better. Kathi asked where I "get my ideas." I know she did this because she too is a novelist and this is one of the most common questions an author on tour is asked. It's impossible to answer, so sometimes I just say "I subscribe to a service." Or at least I used to say that before I realized that some people don't understand that it's a joke. More than one person has said: 'what service? what's the URL?' The truth is, I don't "get" my ideas. They get me. I more or less get mugged by them when I least expect it. I keep a running list of ideas, some of which I take time to develop, some of which I don't. But in the end, I don't have as much choice as you might imagine. I can only write about something that I love writing about, something that turns me on, something that-for some irrational reason that I can't pinpoint-makes me want to sit down in front of a computer in the morning and work all day and get high on the pure fun of it. This means that, no matter how good other people's stories are, I can't use them; it means I can't decide to write a story about air-brush tanning or Iraq because they're in the news. My ideas are gifts from somewhere, perhaps my own unconscious; mysterious gifts for which I am grateful.
Mary Mackey (mm) Thu 4 Sep 03 13:56
As for Goddess595's question: "who might be a likely casting match up in light of younger males for the two boyfriends," I'd like to turn it over to everyone who's posted in this conference. My lips are sealed about the whole casting issue, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. In fact, post about it, and then go over to the genx conference and tell people to come over here and cast the movie for me!
Cynthia Dyer-Bennet (cdb) Fri 5 Sep 03 13:42
Boy oh boy, two weeks have zoomed right by! I'm so enjoying this discussion, Mary and Kathi, and I want to thank both of your for joining us here in Inkwell. Though we've turned our virtual spotlight onto another interview, there's no reason this one must stop now. The topic will remain open for further conversation, and you're welcome to stay as long as you want.
Mary Mackey (mm) Fri 5 Sep 03 15:08
thanks for making this happen, Cynthia and thanks, kathi, for the great questions
comforting and spicy at the same time (tinymonster) Fri 5 Sep 03 18:09
It's really been two weeks? I can't believe it! Thanks, Mary/Kate, Cynthia, and Kathi, for a fun interview. And Kate/Mary, thanks for a fun book! I look forward to your next one.
Mary Mackey (mm) Sat 6 Sep 03 17:34
"Sweet Revenge" will be ready for you next May, tinymonster
fundamental tenant (flash) Sat 6 Sep 03 22:19
i'm looking forward to it. btw, after "stand in" becomes a smash hit, is it likely that "horses" will get more interest? is that the way hollywood tends to work?
Mary Mackey (mm) Sun 7 Sep 03 10:42
Possibly, flash, but not necessarily since "The Stand In" is so different from the "Horses" series. I think all three novels in the "Horses" triology would make one (or maybe three) great movies, so we'll have to see.
Anne Boyd (nitpicker) Mon 8 Sep 03 10:57
Mary, I noticed that the copy of the book I got was in paperback. Does a book like this normally go straight to paperback with no hardback release?
Mary Mackey (mm) Mon 8 Sep 03 12:01
That didn't used to be the case, but now many books come out in paperback, skipping the hardback stage completely (the publishers realized a few years back that hardly anyone bought hardback books and so they instituted this as a cost-cutting measure). I like it, actually, because more of my friends are in the mood to pay $7 for a book than $25.
comforting and spicy at the same time (tinymonster) Mon 8 Sep 03 12:10
It definitely made it easier to carry around on the train!
Moist Howlette (kkg) Mon 8 Sep 03 17:08
Checking in late (I was in Chicago where I could not get my computer to stay online--and where the "network was down" at 2 different hotels as well as the Public Library!!!!) to thank Mary for participating, and sharing the fun of The Stand In. It's been an honor to participate.
Mary Mackey (mm) Mon 8 Sep 03 22:49
thanks for interviewing me, Kathi. This has indeed been a hellish month for computers. I'm glad you're up and running again.
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