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MYSAM Blog Server Upgrade

by John Robert Marlow

Some downtime is expected during May, 2017, while the site is moved to an upgraded server. We apologize for any inconvenience…

Adaptations Are 64% of 2017 Major Oscar Nominations

by John Robert Marlow
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The long-trending dominance of adaptations continues in 2017, with 28 of 44 (or 64% of) major-category Academy Award nominations. This year, 6 of the 9 Best Picture nominees are based on a book, true-life story, play or short story.

The 5 nominees for Best Adapted Screenplay are adaptations—but so is one of the 5 Best Original Screenplay nominees.

Likewise, 4 of 5 Best Actress nods go to performances in movies based on other works. Ditto 2 of 5 Best Actor noms.

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The same goes for 4 of 5 Best Supporting Actress nods, and 3 of 5 Best Supporting Actor nominees.

Finally, 3 of the 5 Best Director nominations go to directors of adaptations.

Last year (2016), 100% of major category wins (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress) were for adaptations, or work on adaptations. (See this post for details.)

Given this year’s numbers, adaptations should make another strong showing on Oscar night. (Details on specific adaptations below.) Read more…

The 100 Highest-Grossing Adaptations of All Time (2017 Page Update)

by John Robert Marlow
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Box Office page updated to February 2017. Now listing the 100 biggest film adaptations—of novels, nonfiction books, historic events, faery tales, comic books, short stories, toys, children’s books, theme park rides, songs and more. Click here to see the newly updated Box Office page

Ebook “Sales Decline?” Please…

by John Robert Marlow
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We’ve all seen the Chicken-Little headlines—some of them in quite prominent publications—lamenting the impending doom of ebooks. But is the sky really falling?

Somewhere after the clickbait headline, these articles invariably state (somewhere) something like this: “…the latest sales numbers from leading publishers show a decline in e-books…” Well, sure—because their ebooks (depicted in purple in the authorearnings graphic at left) are drastically overpriced, and the indie/self-pubbed ebooks (depicted in blue) continue to gain ground with readers, pushing Big Pub’s figures ever lower. The basic proposition—that ebook sales are declining—is false. Read more…

Read the Book (Free Chapters and Contributor Bios)

by John Robert Marlow
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Free book chapters—plus credits list for contributors (authors, screenwriters, producers, directors, publishers, entertainment attorneys and more) whose films have collectively earned over $50 billion worldwide. Click here to visit the Book Page.

Blog Reloaded: May, 2012

by John Robert Marlow

The Make Your Story a Movie blog will pick up again next month (May, 2012). I’ve been busy on both coasts: there’s a new book coming (based on this blog), along with a ton of of new material (including scads of interviews)—and news of an adaptation deal where I wrote the action spec and will executive produce the movie. More soon