September 3, 2016 at 12:56PM, Edited September 3, 12:58PM

What novels should filmmakers read?

It's come up a few times in discussions with filmmakers lately...whether or not filmmakers should read books. After all, who has the time? And there are so many great things to watch and analyze.
But I subscribe to Herzog's advice (read, read, read, read, read...). So it's got me thinking about the classic novels that a filmmaker should read and why.
"The Brothers Karamazov," "The Sun Also Rises," "Death Comes for the Archbishop" and "All the Pretty Horses" come to mind first for me. Plus any of Edna Ferber's novels, which have such epic sweep and which have all been made into films.
Here's a post where I think it through in more detail.
What other novels do people read that informs their film work?


My list (off the top of my head):

Interpreter of Maladies (short stories)
Ulysses (and also The Odyssey)
The Sound and The Fury
The Girl with Curious Hair (short stories)
Snowcrash and The Diamond Age
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Franny and Zoe (a short story in two parts)

And why the heck not:

Lord of the Rings
The Chronicles of Narnia
The Golden Compass
The Hunger Games
(notice I left Harry Potter off the list)

September 3, 2016 at 4:15PM


Read as much as you can!

September 7, 2016 at 3:27PM


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