Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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I have been putting off writing this blog post purely because I don’t like to jump on band wagons. Now that the movie has been out for a few weeks I think it’s safe to talk about without spoiling it for people!

Not that I am going to write any spoilers anyway. I know there are a lot of opinions out there about the film and certain aspects (a particular actor people didn’t like, the entire story line) but I personally LOVED it. The characters were fun, the story was… a little hard to grasp and overly scatty but I know it’s because it’s setting up the WHOLE story so it’s forgivable. All in all, though, how could you not love being back in the world of magic? I want more. I need more.

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The post today is actually about the script book. I have been reading it SLOWLY. Mostly because I still want to be in that world and so the slower I read the longer I can pretend it’s real. I know I’m not the only person who does this!

I love scripts, I have done for a long time. When I was studying writing a few of my assignments were script based and it was a joy to get to read and write them.

Not only is this book beautiful on the outside but the inside is just as pretty. wp-1481393239385.jpgThe script itself reads nicely. Depending on the script you can get bogged down in the description; the nitty gritty of the scene and how it should look on screen. It works for some stories. You’d think it would be needed for this story but the descriptions are actually not HUGELY detailed. They’re short, bright and imaginative. Probably because we already understand the world and what things, for the most part, are supposed to look like.

 

EXAMPLE: Pickett, a Bowtruckle, is described simply as “a strange green creature, part stick insect, part plant”.

If you’ve never read Harry Potter, or seen the movies, I imagine you would have trouble wrapping your brain around this? I don’t know. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t experienced a little bit of the HP World. I can’t help but think that one of these strange humans wouldn’t find it as simple to grasp how this creature should look. It’s like this, by the way:

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CUTE!

I wish more script books were available to buy bound. Sadly it’s not possible for a lot of movies and so I can only recommend IMSDB – the Internet Movie Script Data base.

I have been using this site for YEARS to read scripts (my ultimate fave is the Labyrinth draft script which is an alternative to my favourite movie!) it has some final versions but it also has different drafts and alternate endings to well known movies.

If you’re interested in reading more scripts you should check it out!

Sam

 

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