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The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman, is a fantastic, whirlwind adventure set in the dismal streets of Victorian London. Pullman sets off the scene with the main character Sally Lockhart discovering something she did not quite expect. She then goes on an epic adventure which sees her make new friends and enemies. Pullman pulls out all the stops to make the reader gasp in all the correct places and is impossible to put down! Sally also discovers a lot more about herself and makes the wonderful transition of girl to woman.
It would make a successful adaptation for a film because there are a lot of interesting and diverse characters within the book. Although it has already been made into an adaptation for Television, it is far more suited for cinema as you experience the sound effects and most people do not have giant cinema screen in their living rooms!!! There would be a target audience however, of young teenagers and young adults but the adult cinema audience will find themselves fascinated by Sally's journey and will be shocked and surprised at the end result. It is a story of murder and mystery and the cinema audience will love the old Victorian scenery, the costumes and the cockney manner of the characters. There are also 3 other books in the series so this would leave the cinema audience intrigued and they will almost certainly watch the sequels if they were also made into films. Philip Pullman is a big, successful author and if the cinema audience are Pullman fans, they would love to see this fantastic novel turned into a film.

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