PubCrawl Podcast – Transformative Adaptations

This week JJ and Kelly continue their discussion about adaptations, moving on to TRANSFORMATIVE ADAPTATIONS. Their definition is a little…loose, but essentially they consider transformative adaptations those that take the source material and transform it into something entirely different by shifting the focus, or else changing the meaning of the source material. WARNING: WE SPOIL THE HECK OUT OF WICKED (both the book and the musical) SO LISTEN WITH CAUTION.

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Show Notes

  • You might consider transformative adaptions sort of…AU fanfic of the source material?
  • The best example of transformative adaptation(s) is The Wizard of Oz:
    • The original book written by L. Frank Baum in 1900 as a whimsical children’s story
    • The 1939 musical film adaptation with Judy Garland
    • The 1970s stage (and later film) musical retelling from an African-American perspective
    • The 1995 novel telling the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West
    • The 2003 stage musical adapting the 1995 novel (and a little bit of the 1939 movie)
  • Each iteration of The Wizard of Oz focuses on a different theme:
    • ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    • Home and finding where you belong
    • Oz as a metaphor for the urban black experience of the 1970s
    • An exploration of political activism
    • A story about two girls becoming friends and the importance of that relationship

What We’re Working On

  • Nothing new on Kelly’s end!
  • Still book 2 for JJ.

Books Discussed/What We’re Reading

Off Menu Recommendations

What You’re Saying

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That’s all for this week! Next week we’ll continue with this series with TRANS-MEDIA ADAPTATION. As always, if you have any questions you would like us to answer on the podcast, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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