International Journal of English Research

International Journal of English Research


International Journal of English Research
International Journal of English Research
Vol. 5, Issue 2 (2019)

Adaptation and appropriation of literary texts


Dr. Swagat Patel

We often find movies, particularly those which become successful at the box-office, are based on literary works. Few decades ago, a film adapted from a literary work, be it a novel, a play, or a short story, was considered a secondary or a derivative work of the original, and, thus, less respectable. When it was found that some eighty-five percent of the Oscar-nominated films are literary adaptations, film adaptation started getting recognition as a respectable art form. Now adapting a film from a literary work is the demand of the day. The filmmaker gets a ready-made and an already well-received story for his film. Even the audience seems to prefer to see the movies rather than reading the literary work it is based on. It is so because within a few hours they get to know the story, plots, characters and themes of a literary work by watching the film. For those who have already read the book, they also prefer to go to the movie to see their favorite characters as living beings in real action – moving, talking, arguing and fighting - in the film. Moreover, watching a film has comparatively greater entertainment value than reading the book in bits and pieces.
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