About a month or so ago, right about the time when I decided to write another thriller, it occurred to me that it would be much easier for an eventual film producer to ‘see’ my book as a worthwhile investment and pick my story over so many others if I did away with a lot of the cumbersome reality check points and wrote it movie-ready from the start.
After a couple of hours’ research I’ve come up with the following main points to remember and implement when writing a book specifically for the film industry:
- You can always find a gun when you need one
- When spied on, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other
- Any lock can be picked using a credit card or hair pin in seconds, unless the building is on fire and there’s a child trapped inside
- In a martial arts fight, even when hugely outnumbered, you will only have to fight one person at a time, because the others will be involved in an intricate dance around you and will only step in when you’ve dealt with their predecessor
- There is always one perfectly positioned free parking space, right outside any building you may be visiting
- A detective will always fall out with all the other officers on his team, but this is absolutely necessary because he can only solve the case after he is suspended for insubordination
- Every laptop computer is powerful enough to override the communication system of any invading alien civilisation
- A blow to the head of a ‘goodie’ never results in concussion, but you merely need to trip a ‘baddie’ up to take them out
- No one involved in a hijacking, explosion or major natural phenomenon ever shows symptoms of shock
- If your protagonist starts dancing in the street, every person they bump into automatically knows all the steps and want to join in
Can you think of other important points? Please share them with us in a comment.