Pope Joan on ReelzChannel TV

A Movie Needs to Capture the Soul of a Book
By Donna Woolfolk Cross

“Why is the movie never as good as the book?”

It’s the age-old lamentation of book-lovers everywhere. Here’s my reply: There’s at least one movie that’s as good as the book — and I should know, for I wrote the book!

Readers are asking the wrong question. The question should be: “Why is the movie always different from the book?”

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The answer lies in the nature of a screenplay. Each page of a screenplay equals roughly one minute of screen time. Do the math: 140-page screenplay = 2-hour-and-20-minute movie.

Now consider: My novel runs a little over 400 pages. The movie has 140 pages to tell the same story. Something has to give.

This is why I’m so excited about the upcoming television mini-series based on my novel. It has TWO nights to tell the story of Pope Joan. It will air on ReelzChannel TV on December 18/19. (Find out where ReelzChannel airs on your TV.)

Here’s what matters: The movie needs to capture the soul of the book – the part that made readers love it. I’m so lucky this happened with “Pope Joan.” The theme of my novel is female empowerment through learning. That theme has survived intact – and very movingly – in the film.

I chat by speakerphone 2-3 times a week with reading groups all over the U.S. and Canada. I often hear that intriguing question: “Why is the movie never as good as the book?”

To which I can now reply: “Ah, but it is. Sometimes it is.”

I’d love to speak to your book group too! Please contact me through my website at PopeJoan.com. You can also reach me on Facebook and Twitter @DonnaWCross.

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donna-cross-author-photoDONNA WOOLFOLK CROSS graduated cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English. She moved to London, England, after graduation, and worked as an editorial assistant for a small publishing house on Fleet Street, W.H. Allen and Company. Upon her return to the United States, Cross worked at Young and Rubicam, a Madison Avenue advertising firm, before going on to graduate school at UCLA where she earned a master’s degree in Literature and Writing. The product of seven years of research and writing, Pope Joan is her first novel. She is now at work on a new novel set in 17th century France.

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About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.