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#1 Daniel Meier

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Posted 23 May 2018 - 05:15 PM

I want to dive more into narrative books again. I've always been a very audiovisual person, when it comes to perceiving and consuming storys.

So I'd like to come back to the written storys, after heaving read so many non-fictional books about lighting, photography and cinematography.

 

Can you give me some recommendations?

 

I know it's rather subjective. But I thought, I'd meet some like-minded people, since we are all filmmakers and visual storytellers.

Maybe I can give you a little help with my favourite films and directors, that I enjoy watching:

 

- Kitano, Fincher, Tarantino, Danny Bolye, the Coen brothers, W. Allen, Gus van Sant, Luc Besson, Spike Jonze, 

- nearly all of the Studio Ghibli movies and some classic anime feature films like Ghost in the Shell, 

- Se7en, Lost in Translation and Good Will Hunting are some of my favourite films I can watch over and over again.


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#2 David Mawson

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 09:55 AM

Bruce Sterling especially Schismatrix, Holy Fire and short story collections. James Ellroy, especially the original LA books. Chester Himes. Walter Mosley. Bulgakov's Master & Margarita. Nabakov. Babel's Red Cavalry. Seth Morgan's Homeboy. The Godfather.


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#3 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 May 2018 - 08:35 PM

Neuromancer. The relevance of it to film will be very clear.
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#4 Phil Connolly

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 01:51 PM

Get started on Stephen King - that should keep you busy for a few years. Maybe start with Misery, or The Long Walk and move up to the Stand or IT, if you get on with him. 

 

Neil Gaiman - Neverwhere, The Graveyard book, American Gods

 

Kate Atkinson - Behind the Scenes at the Museum, A God in Ruins

 

Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park - much better then the film

 

David Mitchell - Cloudwritten, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet 


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#5 Stuart Brereton

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 03:49 PM

Neuromancer. The relevance of it to film will be very clear.

Most modern Sci-fi movies owe a huge debt to this book, although strangely, not Blade Runner, which is the film it most resembles.


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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 01 June 2018 - 04:34 PM

Michael Crichton - Jurassic Park - much better then the film

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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 02 June 2018 - 12:21 AM

Whatever it did, it did it ALLLL...

 

 

I'm gonna recommend Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (it's not really a narrative) but i recommend anyway.

or you could buy my book-- just look it up on Amazon-- though also not narrative.


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#8 Phil Connolly

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Posted 03 June 2018 - 05:45 AM

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Had to google that one - but not read it since '91, time for a re-read. Although I have been putting off attempting "Infinite Jest" for about 6 months. Maybe should try that first. 


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