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From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right

20 Friday 3 March, 3pm-4pm Al Baraha 3, InterContinental

“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” – Stephen King

As a literature festival, we will always insist ‘the book was better,’ but there is nevertheless an art to making an excellent adaptation of a book for film or television. In this session, our panellists discuss the ways to ensure that an adaptation is true not only to the source material, but to itself.

Andrew Davies has been so successful in bringing the classics to the screen that people now talk of ‘an Andrew Davies Adaptation.’ His latest project is Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.

Kathy Reichs, author of the Temperance Brennan crime novels, produced the long-running adaptation of her work, Bones – beloved for its mysteries, its wit and its striking visualisation of Reichs’ field of forensic anthropology.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

From Book to Screen: Getting Adaptations Right

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