So B. It is a heartwarming film based off the same titled book that was published back in 2004. It's heading to select theaters October 6th 2017. We sat down with the author of the book Sarah Weeks to learn some new tidbits about the process of turning her story into the screen.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Sarah Weeks and I've been writing books for young readers for the past 30 years. I also teach writing to adults and children.
What has been the process of seeing your book turn into a screenplay?
I wrote So B It about 12 years ago. I was absolutely thrilled that all these years later someone decided to turn it into a movie. I worked closely with Garry Williams, the screenwriter and Stephen Gyllenhaal, our director. They are both such lovely, creative people and they treated my work with TLC and a lot of respect.
Is there anything from the book you wish made it to the screen?
Yes, I miss the jugyfruits. In the book, the best way to calm Mama down when she got upset was to give her a jugyfruit. Kids love that aspect of the book - I guess they feel the same way about candy as I do - but the jugyfruits didn't make it into the movie.
You write that you create stories from what you know. What inspired you to write So B. It?
So B It is a story about family. I am very close to my family. Heidi's family, like a lot of families, is not the traditional mother, father, kids and a dog kind of family. But home is where the heart is. The idea is not based on anyone or anything real - it came to me in a flash one day, asking to be written.
Did you get to go on the set of the film?
Garry Williams was on the set in LA for the whole six weeks. I came twice - each time for a week, plus I was there when the team came up to the Catskills to film on location. It was AMAZING. I even got to do a cameo - though ultimately it was cut. :(
What's been the hardest part of seeing the film come to life?
Honestly, the whole process has been wonderful. I couldn't ask for a better script - it's so faithful to the book. I love this movie with all my heart and can't wait for people to see it.
Who's your favorite character in So B. It?
I don't really play favorites with my characters. I spent four years writing the book, so by the end of the process, all the characters felt like real people to me.
Why do you think your book resonates with so many readers? Do you think the film will have the same reaction?
I feel confident that fans of the book will also be fans of the movie. Sure, there are some things that are different - if there weren't the movie would be way too long! I think the reason the book resonates with so many people, young and old is that Heidi is trying to figure out who she is and where she came from. Most people can relate to that feeling.
Why did you choose to make this book a YA novel and not an adult book?
I write for young readers but my books are read by lots of adults. What I love about YA is that the stories are emotional and accessible. there's not a lot of showing off - just really, really good storytelling. I love stories, and luckily, a lot of other people feel the same way.
Where do you typically write your stories?
I like to write at home. In the winter home is in Nyack, NY and in the summer it's in a small town in the Catskills. I like to be alone when I write. I like it to be quiet. I have a desk, but I don't always write there - sometimes I sit on the couch, or lie on the floor or my bed. When my writing is going well, I get up very early in the morning, and write all day, only stopping to eat. I have to admit, I don't always change out of my pajamas when the muse is with me like that and I have been known to eat a mango for dinner. Who has time to cook when the words are flowing!
If you were stranded on an abandoned island what five items would you want with you?
I'm assuming they have to be objects, not people? Matches, water, food, a good book and my dog - sorry she just has to be there.
If you could meet any author living or dead who would it be?
If you could have a superpower what would it be?
The power to write a book in a day!
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
I'm a decaf girl.
Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable?
Definitely a fruit.