Novel into film : elements of adaptation

While novels have been used as source material for fictional films almost since the film medium was born, there exists a good deal of controversy surrounding the relationship between these forms. This paper surveys the major theoretical approaches to that relationship. One argument, originated by George Bluestone, suggests pessimistically that there exists no real possibility of meaningful translation. Others find that much of what has been done has been limited more by the commercial considerations of Hollywood than the inherent limits of adaptation between the media. Included in the scope of this study are various theories concerning adaptability in terms of specific novelistic tools limited or missing on a theoretical level and in specific film to novel adaptations. Wuthering Heights and The Big Sleep are examined in some detail. The creative section of this work includes four short stories.