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Episode 20: Adaptations: good, bad and terrible

In this episode we are joined by podcaster Andrea Martucci from Shelf Love while we talk all about adaptations: the good, the bad and the terrible, and look at why some texts are lost in translation.

This time, we each nominate a text or texts that have been adapted from one media into another. Some have worked, some have failed dismally – some are radically different from their source material but stand up in their own right.

You can listen to this episode on our website, or you can subscribe on on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcast, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest Host: Andrea Martucci – Podcaster

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  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 1:59 – What is an adaptation?
  • 3:08 – Books, movies and games, oh my!
  • 9:03 – Andrea’s adaptation choice
  • 24:40 – Nick’s choice
  • 30:57 – Dave’s choice
  • 46:05 – Philippa’s choice
  • 1:16:24 – What makes a good adaptation?
  • 1:20:10– Wrap up & Outro

Books we discuss

  • Allain, Suzanne, Mr. Malcolm’s List
  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
  • Card, Orson Scott – Ender’s Game
  • Carr, Robyn – Virgin River series
  • Dick, P K, Do androids dream…
  • Dick, P K, The man in the high castle
  • Dick, P K, Through a Scanner Darkly
  • Dick, P K, We can sell it to you wholesale
  • Gaskell, Elizabeth, North and South
  • Heinlein, Robert. Starship Troopers
  • Jayashra Kamble. Making meaning in popular romance fiction
  • Le Carre – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Le Carre – Smiley’s People
  • Muir, Andy, The Martian
  • Palahnuik, Chuck, Fight Club
  • Quinn, Julia – Bridgerton series
  • Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Sapkowski, Andrzej – The Witcher series
  • Strugatsy, Arkady and Boris, Roadside Picnic
  • Thorne, Sally, The Hating Game
  • Tolkien, JRR. The Lord of the Rings
  • Wayland, Drew. Willow 
  • Woods, Sherryl – Sweet Magnolia series

Movies & TV shows we discuss

  • Bladerunner
  • Bridgerton
  • Ender’s Game
  • Firefly
  • Fight Club
  • Friday the 13th
  • The Hating Game
  • I’m thinking of ending things
  • Lord of the Rings
  • The man in the high castle
  • The Martian
  • Masters of the universe 
  • Mr. Malcolm’s List
  • North and South (BBC 2004)
  • Orphan Black
  • Smiley’s People
  • Stalker
  • Starship Troopers
  • Sweet Magnolias
  • Through a Scanner Darkly
  • Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Total Recall
  • Willow
  • The Witcher tv series
  • Virgin River

Games we discuss

  • Friday the 13th (1987)
  • Friday the 13th (2017)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R Shadow of Chernobyl
  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt

Other Resources

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