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Arne Engelston

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In “Literary Film Adaptations as Educational Text” by Arne Engelstad, the main argument in this article is to discuss the process of turning novels into movies. This article is addressed to people who are interested in why so many different novels are inverted into to movies. The essay’s main focus is to determine how literary film adaptations are useful for educational texts. This essay relies on multiple pieces of evidence. As the essay states there are three major reasons for adaptation which are, the bestseller argument, which means it is a good profit to make a movie off of an already bestselling book. Also, the prestige involved in the film’s close relationship to literature. Last, is that the best story is often found between the covers of a novel. These three major reasons for adaptation are facts. Other pieces of evidence include, the four steps after you have read the novel and then seen the film adaptation of it. The first step is to compare the two discourses on a strictly narrative level. Second, is to study the results from verbal to visual representation. Third, to figure out if the film tried to developed similarities to the novel that we not transferable, and finally to collect all of the film’s main theme or themes compared to the novel. These four steps are an example of experimental data. The reason why you should study film adaptation in class is because it offers an insight into the nature of expression through words and pictures, as well as, to stimulate the interest for reading. The author states this evidence as a personal testimony of why he/she teaches film adaptation in education texts. There are also factual theories stated in the essay for adaptation studies. One is Narratology, which describes the nature and the elements of a narrative – regardless of its form of expression being verbal, visual, or multimodal. Also, intertextual studies which have showed us that even the seemingly original story has are precursors, a fact that somehow reduces the absolute authority of the source text in an adaptation process. Another theory is the interart and intermedia studies search for similar representation of different arts across the media. The last theory is reception theories, meaning the reader-response and viewer-response, maintain that there is no standard, no ideal interpretation of any text or any artifact. The essay comes to a close by stating “that film and television and the part they play in our lives, not least the lives of our pupils and students, represent big changes in the learning environment.” The effectiveness of this essay in trying to convince people to use film in educational texts, to me, is not really getting its point across. I say this because, while reading this the author never gave no definite reason to use film in educational texts more of gave multiple pieces of evidence saying one point and not exactly explaining the do’s and don’ts of it.

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