Awards season has begun. That means free, legal downloads of some of the best screenplays of the year for your consideration.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox, we kick off this year's awards season with the screenplays for two very well-received, very popular adaptations of two huge novels: Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars. Before we get to the screenplay links, here are the films' trailers to refresh your memory:
Condensing a novel for the big screen is a daunting task, even more so when legions of fans hold a book so dear and can't imagine a movie that deviates one iota from the author's original pages. In the case of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn simply adapted her own book (and I use the word "simply" facetiously). Even cutting away the elements of the novel that wouldn't translate to the screen, Flynn's script still hits 163 pages. But those are 163 pages that you want to keep turning.
For The Fault in Our Stars, John Green's beloved novel wound up in the talented hands of Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber (The Spectacular Now, (500) Days of Summer). Neustadter & Weber have admitted in interviews that their pitch for this adaptation was to bring nothing to the table. They wanted to keep as much of the novel as possible on the screen to honor the story that the book's fans cherished so much. They managed to keep their script to 128 pages while staying true to the book.
Here are the links to the PDFs of the screenplays, thanks to 20th Century Fox:
- Gone Girl, screenplay by Gillian Flynn, based on her novel
- The Fault in Our Stars, screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based on the novel by John Green
As always, please use these screenplays for educational purposes only, and don't wait to download the scripts as we never know when the distributors will take them off the Internet. We'll post links to more screenplays as they become available for free, legal download during awards season. For now, enjoy the combined 291 pages of these scripts (not counting the A pages).