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Analyzing Literature-to-Film Adaptations: A Novelist’s Exploration and Guide

“This is a wise and wonderful book, which among other things provides a novelist’s eloquent insider’s perspective on the transformation of one of her books into a film. Thirty years ago Stanley Cavell published The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film, which opened up an intellectual highway between philosophy and cinema. Now at long last Mary Snyder’s book accomplishes a parallel clearing of the way between film making, the art of the novel, and literary and critical theory. Every page is bubbling with creative, theoretical, and pedagogical insights. Her intertextual readings of a score of literature-to-film adaptations are priceless in themselves. I only wish that the title of the book had been taken from her chapter, ‘The Fascination Never Ends’.”

-Michael Payne, Professor of English Emeritus, Bucknell University

“Snyder shows how the act of adaptation is a psychological process, a strategy by which individuals come to make sense of the world and their relationship to it. This represents a significant departure from current thinking in adaptation studies...A fascinating text written by a practicing novelist, a personal odyssey through the minefield of adaptation theory that emphasizes the psychological aspects of the adaptive act.”

-Laurence Raw, Baskent University, Turkey