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"The truth is that I know very few novelists who have been satisfied
with the adaptation of their books for the screen . . ."
--Gabriel Garcia Marquez
From Mickipedia, the free literary encyclopedia
A film adaptation is the conversion of the written word into a feature film. It is a type of derivative work. The common form is to use a novel as the basis for a movie, but other works may be used as well including autobigraphy, comic books, historical sources (non-fiction), and sometimes other films. Between 1994 and 2013, 58% of the top grossing films in the world were adaptations.1
The adaptation of books made into movies is as old as the movie industry itself. In 1902, George Melies' A Trip to the Moon was loosely based on Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon and H.G. Well's First Men in the Moon. The first of many adapatations of the Brothers Grimm's Snow White was released in 1903. The first adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow, was also released in 1903.
Alice Hoffman's The Dovekeepers (9781476790381) 16.00 stars Rachel Brosnahan and Sam Neill in a two part miniseries on CBS. The first episode was last night and the concluding episode is tonight.
Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall (9781250077585) 16.00 stars Damian Lewis as Henry VIII and Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell. It debuts this Sunday on PBS.
The Woman in Gold, which is based on The Lady in Gold (9781101873120) 17.95 by Anne-Marie O'Connor debuts at the cinema this week and it stars Dame Helen Mirren and Ryan Reynolds.
John Green's Paper Towns (9780147517654) 10.99 stars Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff. It releases nationwide on July 24.
1 Wikipedia, Film Adaptation
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