Created on October 17, 2023
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“you cannot judge any artefact except by using it as it was intended. It is no good judging a butter-knife by seeing whether it will saw logs.” - C.S. Lewis
What motivates the creation of an adaptation?
What constitutes a "good" adaptation?
What decisions does a filmmaker have to make in the adaptation process?
Is every book adaptable to film, or do some books lend themselves better to film adaptation?
Is it more productive to maintain the spirit of the original work in an adaptation, or to challenge it?
Can we value all types of adaptations equally? For example, can a parody and a revision be judged for the same qualities?
- The Little Mermaid by Disney
appropriating & interrogating
Some adaptations develop with an intent to subvert or interrogate the original story.
- Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films.
- BBC's 1995 Pride and Prejudice mini-series
is it necessary or better?
Some have argued that holding to the spirit of the original text, if not to the actual story itself, is a necessary component of a good adaptation.
Is there such a thing as an original? If so, does the adaptation challenge it, or promote it? Further, how and why does the opinion of the audience change towards the original when an adaptation is created? Is it actually the original?