Submit Your #BlockbusterBook Synopsis to Us!

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Action blockbusters - who doesn't love 'em, right? Even the most pacifist among us will be familiar with the genre markers: crazy car chases, charismatic villains and set pieces which make a mockery of the laws of physics and the limitations of the human body. And we've been pummeled with them recently: Spectre, Star Wars, Jurassic World and a questionable remake of Point Break have all pounded their way into our hearts like giant, fearsome sledgehammers.

To brighten up our January, Scottish Book Trust want you to take a well-known book and transform it into a Blockbuster Book, complete with over-the-top action, killer catchphrases and huge budgets. You could win a fabulous* prize, and since Hollywood moguls probably read this blog, you'll maybe find yourself catapulted to stardom.

We're looking for a title and a short summary of your #BlockbusterBook. For example:

The Gargantuan Gatsby

Idealistic Jay Gatsby wishes more than anything to become worthy of the love of his old paramour, Daisy Buchannan. But alas, Daisy is married to old money, society that stymies his every attempt to break through class barriers. Also, Gatsby is a 100-ft-tall human/alien hybrid.

The Old Man and the Sea Creature

Armed with just a humble 100 kilowatt laser gun, an old Cuban fishermen sets out to sea to discover strength and wisdom and defeat a gigantic, tentacled, aquatic behemoth.

Some tips

When you're dreaming up your celluloid extravaganza, think carefully about which blockbuster cliches you want to use. You can use this list of common blockbuster cliches as a reference.

Also, think carefully about your choice of book. You may love Treasure Island, but it's a bit action-packed already. Go for something you can put your stamp on. For instance, John Steinbeck's quiet classic Of Mice and Men would change radically with more firepower and a catchphrase-spouting Lennie walking away cooly from explosions. There's even more potential with sparsely plotted existentialism. Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a fine musing on the human condition, but there's a bit too much waiting for a blockbuster. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness would be a different beast if Marlow resolved his inner crisis by blasting his way out of the jungle in a Humvee, pursued by bloodthirsty aliens.

How to enter

Please send your entries to by next Friday, 22 January. We'll publish the best entries on this blog soon after. The winner will receive a a film poster for their #BlockbusterBook, painstakingly Photoshopped by us on our lunch hour.

*Scottish Book Trust will not enter into argumentative correspondence about the definition of 'fabulous'.

Closing date: Friday 22 January. Open to UK entrants only. Full competition terms and conditions.


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