Every time you refresh your page, while visiting one of Hollywood's top industry websites, you're likely to be reading a new article about a hot best seller being adapted for the big or small screen. Both daytime and primetime soap opera creators have long been inspired by the literary world.
Before it was a hit movie or televised guilty pleasure, Peyton Place was a scandalous tome by Grace Metalious. The classic 1960's sudser later spun off to daytime in the early 70's, via the short-lived daily serial Return to Peyton Place.
Flamingo Road and Rituals also started off as books. Irna Phillips' Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1967-73) may have been viewed as a spin-off from the movie of the same name, but both projects found their origin in Han Suyin's autobiographical novel A Many-Splendoured Thing.
This got me to thinking. Should daytime and primetime television executives start looking more to books to find the next big serialized dramas? Here are a few steamy reads I'd start with! READ MORE
A historic blizzard pummeling much of the East Coast wasn't enough to prevent me from hopping on a bird from Atlanta to New York City this past weekend. What would make me risk life and frozen limb in such a manner? Why, Jackie Collins of course!
The ultimate queen of sudsy pot boilers released her 29th novel, The Power Trip, on Tuesday and yours truly was asked to co-host a blogger party Monday night at Yotel, with my new homegirl, stylista extraordinaire Lara Eurdolian (above right) of the blog Pretty Connected. READ MORE
Every media professional has his or her ultimate icon. Oprah has Maya Angelou. Tyler Perry has Oprah. For me, that person is mega best-selling author Jackie Collins.
From the moment I first watched the steamy, sudsy 1990 miniseries Lucky Chances (starring soapers Vincent Irizarry, Nicollette Sheridan, Eric Braeden, Michael Nader, Phil Morris and Leanne Hunley)—and then begged my grandmother to take me to the nearest town with a Walden Books so I could buy the two novels it was based on—I was hooked. Collins' patented brand of sexually-charged page-turners, featuring unforgettable protagonists like Gino and Lucky Santangelo in the Santangelo Family Crime Novels, Al King in Lovers and Gamblers and Fontaine Khaled in The Bitch, inspired me to write my own stories (More on that in the coming months!).
Ever a trailblazer, Collins recently stunned the publishing world when she decided to re-publish The Bitch, her 1979 classic about the scandalous, London club scene, as an eBook. The updated version of the tantalizing tome is set in present day Las Vegas (One of Collins' fave, fictional stomping grounds!) and shows that even after having written 28 New York Times Best-Sellers, Collins remains on the cutting edge!