Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor I
The Literary Merit of Film Scripts
Screenplays are often given any sort of attention when they make the transition to a completed film; they’re seen as companion pieces. Even then their value as literature is overlooked or plainly not considered. All films are adaptations of their source scripts. Should screenplays be judged as independent works separate from the finished films? Are they worthy of the same critical attention given to other works of art? Is there a difference between a filmed screenplay and an unfilmed one in this regard?