Contributing writer for The Artifice.
Junior Contributor II
Sometimes, adaptations are better than the source material
We bookworms grew up with the idea that "reading the book" was better than watching the film/TV version of it. In fact, if we ever messed up with that order we believed we were dishonoring our identity as literature lovers. The reality is, adaptations can be much better than their source material when it comes to making us care about the story. My personal examples are The Princess Bride, The Count of Montecristo, Anne of Green Gables, and Stardust. That being said, I invite you to analyse the elements that may influence how good an adaptation can be compared to its book predecessor: is it the change in structure, the plot pace, the characterisation? I’m curious about your opinion on this idea and if you have more examples that support it.
Great list! “Bird by Bird” is one of my favourites. I’d also recommend Cheryl Klein’s “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults” and Christopher Vogler’s “The Writer’s Journey.”
As a writing major myself, I appreciated your insight on the importance of this career choice! I wholeheartedly agree with your statement on how important it is for writers to remain strong in a world where the arts are undervalued, the same world that needs persuasion and inspiration to thrive, which can be found in the written expression.
I’ll be frank. The title being a bit misleading, I was expecting to read about novels that had a well-rounded, positive inclusion of Latinos rather than some books that failed at it. That being said, it was interesting to learn about those stories who tried at inclusion but failed to make Latino representation feel authentic. Your conclusion is poignant–we do need accurate portrayals of Latinos so future, and even current readers are introduced to real people rather than stereotypes.
Great article on adaptation! In my experience, I’ve often found that adaptations are much better than the source material. As a literature major I feel guilty of sometimes enjoying the films more than the books, but as a writer I realise that the art of adaptation allows for a more universal experience and connection to the story.
Really interesting article! I never knew the reason behind that perspective shift on cats, from their early adoration to their subsequent demonization. I appreciated your inclusion of great references to support the story. Great read!
Though I have been and still am a big fan of the show, I couldn’t wait for it to finally end. After Season 5 they began losing sight of the story engine that made us fall in love with SPN in the first place, which is Sam and Dean’s sibling relationship. The story arcs for each season starting from S6 did no justice for what had already been established in the first 5, which definitely made me want to stop watching. I’m a big fan of some episodes post-Kripke, but I do wish the series had ended like it was supposed to in Season 5.