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The One Ring Forums: Tolkien Topics: Middle-earth TV Series Discussion: I think the point is both ...: Edit Log

Mari D.

Dec 29 2018, 11:32pm

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I think the point is both ...

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the point of an adaptation is not to create on screen something that fans of the book will appreciate.

It isn't.

The point is to maintain the core themes and rudimentary plot of the source material.

If you adapt a work for it's quality, try to preserve that quality, imo, or you might as well adapt some other work. The question is, what is the core quality of the work and what is not.

Of course, books and movies will be different, again, the question is, are the changes in question necessary or unnecessary ... if I were directing an adaption I would like to stay as faithful as possible to the original. Else, I'd call it my own interpretation. That's because I'm a very detailed person, and I care for "the pure essence" of things and so I'd wish to preserve the essence of things, even down to details.

Ah, that leads to another question: Is a director directing an adaption supposed to make the franchise partly his/hers or is he not? In other words, is he supposed to add his own distinct flavour to the mixture as he thinks it's fitting, as opposed to valuing the voice of original and rather humbly refraining from adding his own as much as possible?

I am aware some of these things are a matter of degrees and maybe it's these degrees that we disagree on sometimes ...

(This post was edited by Mari D. on Dec 29 2018, 11:36pm)

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