Adaptations – Altering the Source

Yesterday I caught a few glimpses of The Killing Joke’s animated film adaptation, and while I won’t give you a review until I’ve seen it, the clip I saw got me thinking on the subject of adaptations and the ways people go about them.

TV Tropes has a vast list of different adaptation tropes, from Compressed Adaptation, where in the process of adapting the story to a new medium they cut out entire chunks of the story or universe hoping the overall experience remains the same, no matter how many holes there are. There’s Distillation, which is about simplifying complex elements of the source material to make the transitions easier. Pragmatic Adaptation is the most reasonable of all, where you cut out or remix the elements that just won’t work in the new medium. Continue reading Adaptations – Altering the Source

Dracula – Season 1 Review

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

When the Dracula series began, starring Johnathan Rhys Meyers as the eponymous count and Vampire, I gave it a “Worth Watching” score, based on its premise, the acting, the characters and the overall potential I felt the series had. Now that Season 1 has finished its run, and we still don’t know if Season 2 will ever happen, I think it’s time to take another look at this series and see if it reached its potential or squandered an excellent opportunity. Continue reading Dracula – Season 1 Review