Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book-to-Film: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From The Crematory by Caitlin Doughty

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes- Lessons from the Crematory

From Book Riot:

Paramount Television and Anonymous Content are developing a television series based on the memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty. Evan Dunsky, who previously worked on Nurse Jackie, has been selected to be the showrunner and writer. Doughty will be a consulting producer on the project. In the book, Doughty talks about her life as a mortician within an alternative funeral practice and talks about how people handle death.

I read this book last year, and mostly loved it.  I have no idea how this memoir is going to be adapted to television, though.  I can easily see it as a documentary, though I'm not sure it would fit in any other genre.  It has the potential to be really interesting, I think, though I'm not totally convinced I want to watch it.  Some things just go down better when they're read instead of watched.  This is one of them.  I found the whole book to be a fascinating read; reading the facts about the cremation process was certainly eye-opening and gave me a lot of fodder for conversation, though I would be decidedly less interested in watching someone be cremated on television.  You know what I mean?

What's your position?  Have you read this book?  Are you interested in the subject matter?  Would you be interested in this adaptation?  Can you think of how this memoir could be adapted to any other genre besides a documentary??


  1. I'd have to agree with you. While the book might be very interesting I'm not sure a show would interest me.

    1. Seriously. Some things just work better in book format.


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