by Michael G. Rangasajo
What is a screen book? It’s a “book” written in the unaccepted format of a screenplay and/or a screenplay treated in the style of a book. I write “unaccepted” because I’ve been told my format is incorrect and my screenplay will be rejected should someone in the “business of reading screenplays” come upon it. Yes, the papers beyond this page are future garbage-can material because the stories have been judged according to their format. Does “judging a book by its cover” ring a bell?
This book is for anyone who loves movies and books — for anyone who is able to use their imagination and visualize the words. I wrote this to keep the reader entertained in the literal sense and not be bored with just basic instructions. I have, however, kept the necessary technical terminology required in a screenplay, at least some of it, anyway.
Since the eighties, I have read books about screenplay writing up until the twenty-first century, and what I have noticed about each of these informative items is the formats are all different. Perfect, because I’m different.
I’ve chosen to write in screenplay format for a few reasons. First, I’m tv incarnate, which means a majority of the things I’m passionate about have come from that electronic box with those moving and talking pictures inside. Second, since I crammed my memory with the information those books (and a few screenplays) have given me, it would truly be a waste if I decided to write in any other form. Imagine going to take a course in how to work a computer only by the time you finish learning it, a new computer has been created and you have to take another class to learn the new computer, and then it just goes on and on. Third, writing a screenplay means writing down things that really matter because there is a page limit. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading novels. I’ve spent part of my life reading books by Anne Rice, John Irving, Stephen King, Richard Matheson, Robert McCammon, Ayn Rand, Dan Brown, and others. But as I mentioned before, I’m tv incarnate.
Beyond this page, you will find four stories of fiction and one nonfiction. In the nonfiction, you will find pieces relating to the four fictional stories, but just to let you know, one of my stories is a vampire story, and no, I am not a vampire…anymore, anyway. I may not be a writer according to the entertainment industry or maybe even according to the publishing business, but I will continue to write. Thank you for your time.
(2008, paperback, 574 pages)
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