Review Of ' Nineteen Eighty Four And The Film Adaptation '

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A literary adaptation is defined as “a composition that has been recast into a new form e.g novel, play or screen production”. (Ross, 2009, p.5) It has been noted that almost a third of all film productions ever created were based on novel adaptations, and in today’s contemporary society the ‘book to film’ adaptation cycle is more present than ever. Although this could to seen as an innocent move allowing ‘great’ texts to be more approachable and appreciated by modern culture, it has been argued that the process damages the original content and understanding that is taken from the source material. By discussing and analysing some of the main factors and issues filmmakers use when adapting a text to film, based on the article Adaptation:…show more content…
Extreme totalitarian ideology, government surveillance and the always-present ‘big brother’ watch over all, individuality and even the English language face the verge of extinction to make way for ‘newspeak’, a ‘thoughtless’ and almost brain-dead bureaucratic dialectal fit for this dystopia. The novel centres on Winston Smith, an ‘outer party’ worker who begins to question the motives of the ruling dictatorship that is the ‘inner party’. The story is narrated through a third person perspective that accounts the lives of the characters and events occurring around them. The text is filled with intense and thought provoking scenarios that relate heavily to the main character Winston. Various snippets throughout the text create and shape the foundation that is Winston’s life from beginning to present, understanding his character is fundamental as the story is built around him, his past, his personality and his every quirk. The world George Orwell has created is filled with perplexing meaning and within each paragraph of this 355-page novel an important message can be found, making it a influential and powerful book of it’s time and even today. “Filmmakers have been adapting novels for over a century, but how have they been able to transpose stories to the extent that the audience can recognize the novel”(Desmond & Hawkes, 2006). This is a question often posed when addressing the adaptation of text to screen. How can
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