Adaptation Podcast

Adaptation Podcast

The podcast for in-depth discussion on film adaptations and the original material they're based on.

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July 24, 2021

Jess and Kendyl discuss The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman, the introduction of other words and characters, and the religious symbolism.

Question of the Week: Do you trust the alethiometer/the shadow particles?

 

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Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss the choices made in Rebecca (2020) compared to the book by Daphne du Maurier, which they agreed with and which they could have done without.

Question of the Week: Is it better to leave a mystery or have a definitive answer?

 

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In their discussion of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, the hosts talk about the unintentional unreliability of the narrator, despair over why our romantic leads can't just talk to each other, and break down the problems with fully vilifying Rebecca.

Question of the Week: Would you say that Manderley was haunted? What was Rebecca planning on the night she died?

 

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With so many story lines in The Haunting of Bly Manor (2020), the hosts struggle to touch on everything they loved in the series. Not that they are without complaint, but this follow up to The Haunting of Hill House (2018) definitely hit the mark on everyone's feels.

Question of the Week: Were there too many side-plots in the series? Would you have liked it to be a little more condensed?

 

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The Adaptation hosts watched The Witches (2020) and could truly go on-and-on about all the visual elements, from the updated way the witches look to every piece of clothing. But there's more to talk about with our hero, the grandmother, and the addition of a new mouse friend.

Question of the Week: What happened to Mary and Bruno after the film? How do you think this witch-hunting operation works?

 

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Dorin, Jenn, and Kendyl have a lot of theories as to what the heck happened in The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Basically, everyone is sus, children are terrifying, and always pay attention to what's in the corner of your eye.

Question of the Week: Evil or benevolent ghosts? Evil or benevolent children? Evil or benevolent manor staff? Delusional governess? What is you interpretation of the story?

 

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With some hosts that have read the book by Nancy Springer and some that have not, Adaptation covers the film adaptation Enola Holmes (2020), complete with a rant about corsetry and concerns about the tone of Holmesian mysteries.

Question of the Week: Do we think Enola should have clearly solved the mystery before the final showdown? Or did Sherlock “win” by getting there without a reveal?

 

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Adding fire to the nightmare fuel, the hosts watch the 1990 film adaptation The Witches.

Question of the Week: What do you hope to see in the remake that was not in this version?

 

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In this celebratory episode, the Adaptation hosts get together to discuss what has changed with the podcast, in our opinions, and in our lives. Plus we explain some inside jokes for those that haven't been with us since the single digits.

 

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Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss clearing away preconceived notions, the division of labor when doing crime, and the intensity of love in the context of Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile.

Question of the Week: What is your favorite literary couple made up of someone who loves and someone who let themselves be loved?

 

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Dorin and Kendyl talk the magic of The Secret Garden (2020), the themes it pulls from the source material, and the changes made.

Question of the Week: What do you think the theme of this movie was? Do you think it was successfully communicated?

 

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Not shying away from taking this children's book too seriously, the Adaptation hosts discuss The Witches by Roald Dahl: the politics, the reproductive process, and the entrepreneurial possibilities of a traveling mouse circus that fronts as a witch hunting operation.

Question(s) of the Week: What's your fan canon for how the witch-world works? How did Grandmother loose her thumb?

 

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The Adaptation hosts discuss the characterization, modernization, and representation in the 2020 Netflix series, The Baby-Sitters Club.

Question of the Week: Do you want a season 2? What would you like to see covered in that season (doesn’t have to be something from the books)?

**Disclaimer** Kendyl uses "queer" as a catch-all term to describe Ann M. Martin in this episode since she doesn't know precisely how she identi...

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In what might be the biggest difference of opinion Dorin and Kendyl have ever had about a film, the two discuss The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019), the structure and tone, and most importantly, the waistcoats.

Question of the Week: Do you feel like this is a good distillation of the themes and story of David Copperfield? If you've never read the book, do you feel this gave you a good handle on what the story was a...

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In this episode, the hosts do their best to cover the extensive series The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin, reminisce about childhood reading, and find that choosing your favorite baby-sitter is a lot like therapy.

Question of the Week: Create your own t-shirt with the traits you admire most from your three favorite baby-sitters.

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In this episode, the Adaptation hosts break down their issues with Artemis Fowl (2020)...and there are many.

Question of the Week: What was one thing you liked about this movie? How soon into it did you facepalm? What is the worst thing that they changed?

 

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Jess and Kendyl cover the film All the Bright Places (2020), how it played with audience focus and expectations, and how fixing someone else doesn't fix you.

Trigger warning: Just like the novel, this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression, mental illness, abuse, grief, and death. Please, keep yourself safe and skip this episode if these topics could be harmful to you. If you do proceed, please keep in mind that we ...

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Jess and Kendyl discuss Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, mental health, grief, recovery, and seeing the whole of a person.

Trigger warning: Just like the novel, this episode contains discussion of suicide, depression, mental illness, abuse, grief, and death. Please, keep yourself safe and skip this episode if these topics could be harmful to you. If you do proceed, please keep in mind that we are in no way mental health ...

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Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the first two books in the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, its calculating protagonist, middle grade humor, and their favorite play on words... ever?

Question of the Week: What do you think Artemis's first heist would have been?

 

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Dorin and Kendyl tackle David Copperfield by Charles Dickens—a marathon novel with a large cast of outlandish characters—with a focus on identity, David's surprising faith in people, and an even more unexpected defense of Dora.

Question of the Week: What parallels do you see between David Copperfield characters and sitcom characters?

 

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