From Print to Big Screen Essay

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From Print to Big Screen: Critical Discourse on Adaptation Theories and Techniques N.Nagajothi, M.A.,M.Phil., Research scholar/Dept. of English V.V.Vanniaperummal college for women, Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu. Research Guide: Dr.N.Velmani M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D., Associate Professor in English V.V.Vanniaperummal college for women, Virudhunagar, Tamilnadu. Adapting literary works to film is a creative undertaking which requires a kind of selective interpretation, the ability to recreate and sustain an established mood. Literary world is the perennial source of archeological mythic site where film makers would dig in again and again for excavating heirlooms and treasures of aesthetic values. Their continuing phenomenon is due to their high-minded respect for literary work blended with ambitious mood of crass commercialism. Adaptation is not a new phenomenon at all. Intertexual studies show that stories always seem to derive from other stories. As Deborah Cartmell observes, adaptations have reaped three-quarters of best picture awards. Dudley Andrew supports the statement “well over half of all commercial films have come from literary original… (10)” (qtd. in Cora). Morris Beja reports that more than three fourths of the awards for ‘best pictures’ “since 1935, the largest proportion have been film adaptations of novels (78)” (qtd. in Cora). Divergence of Literature and Cinema Films adapted from novels are diluted versions of novels. It is like putting old champagne in ne w glossy colourful bottles. It is crucial to compare the differences between novel and film to reach the depths of understanding the aspect of these two media. Novel is a lingual medium with vast vocabulary, while film is a visual one with

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