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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Writing Quote: When Your Book is Adapted to Film

     The common expectation is that [film] adaptations should be "faithful" to their source texts. But it's not all clear why we should burden films with this obligation.

     When my novel Notes on a Scandal was turned into a movie some years ago, I was repeatedly asked if I minded that the filmmakers had "taken liberties" with the book. I did not mind. The liberties had been bought and paid for. And I had made my peace with the idea that my book was being adapted, not imitated or illustrated.

Zoe Heller, "Bookends," The New York Times, December 29, 2013

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