TV Adaptation of The Slap: Update


Back in May this year I posted about a possible TV adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas's novel, The Slap.  At that time I said that it was early in the development process and just because it was being looked at didn't indicate that it definitely would go ahead.

Now, however, it appears that the book is certain to appear on our television screens next year as ABC TV's Acting Head of Drama, Amanda Higgs, has indicated that development will commence in November.

As the article points out: "This year, The Slap has won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the Australian Book Industry Book of the Year award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the ABA Book of the Year and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Gold Award."


It grieves me to say it, because IMO there are many better books around, but my post about The Slap is the all time top post on my blog, with 805 hits....

Not sure why you feel grieved about it. It's obviously a very popular book - I saw someone on the train reading it this morning - but that doesn't mean that everyone who reads it has to like it. Actually, I think it's better if they don't.

I love the Slap!

I asked for it for Christmas and got it that way.

It is a book my whole family have read. And talked heaps about.

What are some of the better books you have read, Lisa?

I think the hype is what bothers me. IMO It's not a book that's worthy of the attention it's getting. Not because I dislike it, but because it purports to be an authentic picture of the 'new' Melbourne middle class, and (as I said in my blog post) I don't think it is. But, hey, Mr T doesn't need my good opinion, not with the swag of prizes he's collected...

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