I want to be a hickey on the neck of life.
Well, I thought Corrigan’s essay was pretty good at basically connecting a good deal of what we’ve discussed in class. I think out of all the theories we’ve read Bluestone sticks out the most to me. I guess part of that has to do with he fact that I liked how he made a point of showing their logistically being a divide between a film and a novel. I remember being at a point where I despised movies that were not exactly faithful to the book they were adapting. I’ve gotten pas that though, partly because my knowledge of film grew to a point where I became more a ware of what went on in making films, but also because I’ve gotten to a point where I just like watching movies even if it isn’t necessarily a ‘great work of art’. If it’s able to hold my attention than that’s great.
I guess the thing with adaptation, which I don’t feel we’ve really discussed, is what Corrigan brings up in regards to there being different kinds of influence. Books and comic books seem to have gained popularity, but there are a number of films influenced by some very small things. Apocalypse Now. Is that considered an adaptation of Heart of Darkness(among other things) or just influenced by it? It’s defiantly influenced by the Vietnam War. I guess that’s where my thoughts on adaptation fall apart. Chaplin is ‘adapted’ from two biographies on Charlie Chaplin. The books aren’t ‘adaptations’ of his life though are they? Platoon isn’t an adaptation of the Vietnam War, but it’s certainly has a good deal of truth to a degree as Stone drew from his experience with the war. So I guess for me an adaptation is strict. It’s Kenneth Branagh’s Hamlet. There are a lot of words that I always see in the credits of films and that’s what I judge them by. Influenced. Inspired by. Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire. Those kind of lines that seem to clear up what kind of ‘adaptation’ the film is.
As far as our group goes, I wouldn’t call it an adaptation, but rather a short that was ‘inspired by’ Alice in Wonderland, Wuthering Heights, and Pride and Prejudice among other things.
On another note Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is considered an ‘adaptation’ of the original novel.