Literary Adaptation

“All adaptations express or address a desire to return to an ‘original’ textual encounter; as such, adaptations are perhaps symptomatic of a cultural compulsion to repeat.” Rachel Caroll (Adaptation in Contemporary Culture)

I’m sure throughout our lifetimes, everyone has read an adaptation of something, or watched an adaptation of something. Adaptation of literature is such a massive thing. It can be from novel to film, from novel to theatre, even from novel to novel, myth to something else.

Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Jane Eyre. These days everything has an adaptation.

For many of us, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes that film adaptation just isn’t want you thought it was going to be. I’ve experienced that, too.

Rachel Caroll’s statement in her introduction to her book is interesting to me. Perhaps for some of us, when we finish reading that amazing novel we think ‘gosh, I’d love to see a film of that’. I know I’ve done it in the past.

It’s strange, because when I was studying on my undergrad in English literature, there seemed to be a general rule of ‘film versions of books are crap’, and I always found it a little odd. A lot of people would judge the film based on the fact that it was being adapted for screen, as if changing the way to appreciated the plot changes how well the plot is delivered.

If we use film adaptations as our base here, then the film is limited to a directors interpretation of the written word. We have this one person’s view on what the book should be like, whereas a novel can hold thousands of different interpretations based on the reader.

So what compels us to watch a film version of a book? Or even a comic book? For example, Marvel Cinematic Universe has become such a large industry over the last few years, and this is based on the adaptation of their comic book predecessors. What compels people to watch these films of the comic books?

What compelled people to watch the film adaptations of Harry Potter? What compels people to watch the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones? The Handmaid’s Tale?

Personally, I enjoy watching film adaptations of novels, I like seeing things from a different perspective. But, I also understand that some of them are not the best they can be.

What do you think about adaptations? Do you enjoy the films of your favourite books?

Do you have a favourite adaptation of a book? It doesn’t have to be a film! Have you seen an interesting theatre adaptation of a novel? A favourite musical?

Don’t forget to vote in our June Book Poll. There’s some really interesting choices this month!

Your Favourite Place to Read

Do you have a favourite place to read?

I’d like to think that everyone has a favourite place they like to sit down and relax when they read. Reading for me is therapeutic, and there’s no point being uncomfortable as I read.

For example, do you enjoy reading in bed? With a cup of tea? At the library? By the beach?

Over the course of the years, I’ve changed the ways I read, and the ways I enjoy reading.

Personally, I enjoy sitting on the sofa with a book. I can usually fit myself in the corner of the sofa with my book and I can sit there for hours lost in a book. I don’t usually tend to eat or drink anything, because I’m usually too lost in my book.

Do you have a favourite place to read? I’d love to hear them!

Happy World Book Night!

The 23rd of April marks World Book Night!

I always enjoy World Book Night, it’s an excuse for me to sit down all evening and read books. I love browsing the choices of books and seeing which books would interest me, which ones I’ve read.

It’s also a great opportunity to get talking to people about books. The power of books is amazing. <any people read, and it brings out an interesting debate between readers on what they enjoy reading, and how differently everyone perceives a book.

To find out more about World Book Night, you can get information from their link here.

Have you read any of the books on the list? I shockingly have not read all that many, but it just means more books to try out!

 

Have you voted in our poll for May? No? You can vote here!

Reading Habits

What are your reading habits?

In our ever increasingly busy lives, finding time to sit down and to actually read something is getting harder and harder.

I find now more than ever, I squeeze reading in bite sized chunks. With my kindle, I can read on anything anywhere. I usually tend to either read books on my phone or on my kindle at home. So, I try to sneak in a chapter or two on breaks in work, or when I find a spare five minutes in my day.

Does anyone else do this? Do you have any other interesting ways of reading? I’d love to hear them!

Our May book club suggestions can be found here if you’d like to suggest a book 🙂