The Shining And Misery : What Makes A Film Adaptation Great?

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The Shining and Misery: What makes a film adaptation great? In the film culture, horror is one of the most solid and prominent genres. The film adaptations of the famed Stephen King’s novels; The Shining and Misery had become cult classics. Released ten years apart from each other in 1980 and 1990, both were commercially successful with the revenues of 44.4 million and 61.3 million US dollars. The two works share similar characters and settings, though the premise of each are hugely different where one is about a psychological breakdown due to hauntings in captivity, while the other is about terror of the obsessed and physical abuse. However in the matter of film adaptations, often the finished product ends up being a little, or very different than the original. In adapting literature into film, the accuracy of the details in the story plays a huge role in film making process, and that affects how well it’s received as well. Although the two adaptations had been recognized as some of the best horror novel to film adaptations of all time, Misery is renowned for its simplistic yet tasteful tribute to the original story, and The Shining had received mixed critiques for its emphasis on art directions and its pale adaptation. The plot of The Shining had undergone many changes under the direction of Stanley Kubrick. Numerous tangible differences such as the iconic hotel room number being 237, not 217, the protagonist’s name where in the book is called John Daniel Torrance,

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