Film Adaptations: Guiding Questions

Questions to engage more deeply with an adaptation

  1. In what ways does the movie contribute to the story with its audiovisual peculiarity?
  2. How does the movie’s interpretation of the story differ or resemble from your own?
  3. In what ways does the movie add to the story, filling the ‘gaps’ that the book leaves unresolved?
  4. What resources does the movie use to deal with the time of the story?
  5. If the movie presents a plot that deviates from the original one, what reasons may explain the decision to do so?
  6. What makes the movie work even when it omits information from the book?
  7. What resources does the movie use to portray the characters’ complexity?
  8. In what ways does the movie encourage the viewer’s imagination?
  9. From what resources and texts, besides the book, do you think the movie feeds on?
  10. In general terms, how does the movie contribute to the reading of the book?

 

Reference: Leitch, Thomas. “Twelve Fallacies in Contemporary Adaptation Theory” In Criticism, Volume 45, Number 2, Spring 2003, pp. 149-171.