A vast majority of Academy Award-winning Best Pictures, television movies of the week, and mini-series are adaptations, watched by millions of people globally. Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling examines the technical methods of adapting novels, short stories, plays, life stories, magazine articles, blogs, comic books, graphic novels and videogames from one medium to another, focusing on the screenplay. Written in a clear and succinct style, perfect for intermediate and advanced screenwriting students, Great Adaptations explores topics essential to fully appreciating the creative, historical and sociological aspects of the adaptation process. It also provides up-to-date, practical advice on the legalities of acquiring rights and optioning and selling adaptations, and is inclusive of a diverse variety of perspectives that will inspire and challenge students and screenwriters alike.
"Great Adaptations: Screenwriting and Global Storytelling, by Alexis Krasilovsky, is a brilliant exploration of the genesis of some of the most potent ideas and stories from around the globe that have influenced countless film and television narratives – past and present. It’s inspirational and motivates the screenwriter to ideate on new narrative avenues that can explore the myths, legends, fables, fine ideas and literature that have fascinated mankind since the beginning of time. Krasilovsky explores global influences that have shaped the "male" story and the "female" story, emphasizes the importance of setting, time and place, and includes a multitude of supporting examples. This book must be included in every academic study on Adaptation and is a "must have" in every screenwriter’s toolbox."
—Jule Selbo, Screenwriter, Author of Screenplay: Building Story through Character and Film Genre for the Screenwriter; Co-editor of Women Screenwriters, An International Guide.
"Krasilovsky’s book provides a motherlode of broad-ranging insights into the art of adaptation, illuminating an essential truth about the sea of stories in which we all swim. It’s a book every screenwriter should read."
—Robin Swicord, Writer/Director, Wakefield; Screenwriter, Matilda, Little Women, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
PART I INTRODUCING ADAPTATION
1 Creative Issues
2 Career Issues
3 The Ethics and Aesthetics of Adaptation
PART II APPLYING SCREENPLAY PRINCIPLES TO ADAPTATION
8 Structure: Heroes and Heroines – Where Are We Going?
PART III A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO ADAPTATION
9 The Process
PART IV RENEWING THE SPIRIT IN MYTHS AND FAIRY TALES
10 Fairy Tale Factors: From Spindle to Kindle
11 The Beasts: From Cocteau to Cable
PART V GLOBAL STORYTELLING REVISITED
12 Stories without Borders
13 Regional vs. International Perspectives
PART VI MODERN PERSPECTIVES ON ROMANCE
14 Love and Romance Adaptations
PART VII BRINGING UP THE CLASSICS
15 From Ancient Greece to Hollywood and Nollywood
16 Chunhyang, Orpheus and Other Myths
17 Keeping It Literary in China
PART VIII EMBRACING AND RETHINKING STRUCTURE
18 Timing the Times:
19 Alternative Focus Topics for the Story of Malcolm X
PART IX CENSORSHIP
20 Retelling, Limited
PART X FUTURE ADAPTATIONS
21 Future Adaptations