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By Linda Hutcheon

A conception of model explores the continual improvement of artistic variation, and argues that the perform of adapting is critical to the story-telling mind's eye. Linda Hutcheon develops a idea of edition via more than a few media, from movie and opera, to games, pop tune and subject matter parks, analysing the breadth, scope and artistic probabilities inside each.

This new version is supplemented by means of a brand new preface from the writer, discussing either new adaptive forms/platforms and up to date severe advancements within the learn of edition. It additionally gains an illuminating new epilogue from Siobhan O’Flynn, targeting model within the context of electronic media. She considers the impression of transmedia practices and homes at the shape and perform of variation, in addition to learning the extension of online game narrative throughout media systems, fan-based model (from Twitter and fb to domestic movies), and the variation of books to electronic formats.

A idea of variation is the suitable consultant to this ever evolving box of analysis and is key analyzing for someone drawn to version within the context of literary and media experiences.

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Echoing movies like David Lean’s Great Expectations (1946), 6 A Theory of Adaptation which begins with a shot of the Dickens novel opened to Chapter 1, scene changes in Anderson’s movie are marked by a shot of the Tenenbaums’ “book” opened to the next chapter, the first lines of which describe what we then see on screen. Because, to my knowledge, this film is not adapted from any literary text, the use of this device is a direct and even parodic recall of its use in earlier films, but with a difference: the authority of literature as an institution and thus also of the act of adapting it seems to be what is being invoked and emphasized.

The theater and the novel are usually considered the forms in which the human subject is central. Psychological development (and thus receiver empathy) is part of the narrative and dramatic arc when characters are the focus of adaptations. Yet, in playing videogame adaptations of fi lms, we can actually “become” one of the characters and act in their fictional world. The separate units of the story (or the fabula) can also be transmediated—just as they can be summarized in digest versions or translated into another language (Hamon 1977: 264).

Forster’s 1924 novel Passage to India in 1984, he altered the novel’s focalization on the two men, Fielding and Aziz, and their crosscultural interrelations. Instead, the fi lm tells Adela’s story, adding scenes to establish her character and make it more complex and 12 A Theory of Adaptation interesting than it arguably is in the novel. More radically, Miss Havisham’s Fire (1979/revised 1996), Dominick Argento and John Olon-Scrymgeour’s operatic adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations (1860/1861), all but ignored the story of the protagonist Pip to tell that of the eccentric Miss Havisham.

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