To what extent can a film adaptation stay true to a novel

There are countless instances where people say "But it’s nothing like the book" or "they skipped so many parts of the novel." I want to analyse the extent to which a film can successfully stay faithful to the novel and how this can be achieved as numerous people enter the cinema with extremely high expectations and standards that set them up for disappointment.

  • A good idea! We did just recently publish an article on adaptation (see The Art of Adaptation), so I just wonder what will make this topic different? – Heather Lambert 5 years ago
  • I love the idea of this! There are so many people in so many author groups that complain about this frequently. It's a hot topic :-) – Watch'n'Read 5 years ago
  • It is good to consider here that novels are unique because we have more of an opportunity to "be" the character, whereas with movies we can only be the observers. I think this would be an interesting take on this topic. A big reason why many are unhappy with the movie version is how impersonal it can feel after the intimacy of the book. – tclaytor 5 years ago
  • It's a great topic! This will definitely generate some great discussions! – Kurlehh 5 years ago
  • Good topic. In an article on this, the time constraints of a movie need to be addressed as well as writing (where development of characters, setting, plots is allowed to take as long as the writer wants) versus the visual on the screen. – Joseph Cernik 5 years ago

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