Adaptation Podcast

Adaptation Podcast

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

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Is there anything like the nostalgia we have for middle school? Can we ever really see ourselves clearly? Will some people be bonded to you forever? Corey, Jenn, and Kendyl dive deep into the world of Jenny Han's To All the Boys universe with the second book in the series, P.S. I Still Love You.

Question of the Week: What is the one thing that you’d be devastated if they didn't include in the movie?

 

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Jess, Dorin, and Kendyl watched the first series of His Dark Materials (2019) and talk through the timeline, daemon, and character adaptations in this episode.

Question of the Week: How did you feel about the prominence of the daemons? Did you ever forget that they were part of this world?

 

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Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl discuss the 2020 film adaptation Little Women, the important character beats, and how it compares to past adaptations.

Question of the Week: What is your interpretation of the final scenes? Was that Louisa May Alcott? Do Jo and Friedrich actually end up together?

 

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Relisten to the 2015 episode in which Jess and Kendyl discuss Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, remembering how they felt reading it in younger years and how their opinions have changed.

 

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It might not technically be an adaptation, but the hosts couldn't resist talking about Frozen II (2019): the emotional new songs, cute new sidekicks, and Kristoff's Best Boyfriend award.

Question of the Week: What origins could the other (non-water) spirits have in Scandinavian folklore?

 

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April 8, 2020

In this episode, Adaptation discusses Let It Snow (2019) with hosts that have and hosts that have not read the John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle novel it's based on.

Question of the Week: What are your theories about the tin foil? Why does she/he wear it?

 

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March 22, 2020

In covering the Hulu series Looking for Alaska (2019), the Adaptation hosts consider the target audience, who sees Alaska as she is, and the changes the show made to the friendship dynamics from the John Green novel.

Question of the Week: For non-readers, what did you think the show was suggesting the countdown was for before the reveal?

 

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Covering Jojo Rabbit (2019) in this episode leads the team to discuss the absurdist tone, unlearning prejudice, and the great shifts in plot from the original novel.

Question of the Week: Did you have a positive reaction to this film, particularly to the combination of tone and subject matter? If not, why?

 

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With all the love they have for the Addams family unit, we try very hard to find something to love in 2019's animated reboot The Addams Family.

Question of the Week: What did you find redeeming about this film? What would you have liked to see from previous Addams incarnations?

 

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Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl try to get to the truth of Caging Skies by Christine Leunens while desperately trying to contain their anger at the main character.

Question of the Week: WHAT IS THE TRUTH?! In other words, since we are following an unreliable narrator, what do you think the truth of the situation is in this book? How much do you think Elsa knows by the end (if she is real)?

 

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In this episode, we get into the complexities of the first book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series, Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass.

Question of the Week: What would your daemon be and what does that say about you? Is it the same as your patronus?

 

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Dorin and Kendyl cover the film The Goldfinch (2019), what it focused on from the very long book, how the themes came through, and how the characters were adapted.

Question of the Week: How did the movie's flashback/out-of-order format work for you?

 

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January 4, 2020

 

Dorin, Jenn, and Kendyl discuss the character journeys in It Chapter Two (2019), the adult casting, and how the flashbacks worked with the story.

Question of the Week: Which character do you feel had the best journey? Which wasn't done justice?

 

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December 29, 2019

Jenn, Jess, and Kendyl dive into the third John Green novel that we've covered on Adaptation, Looking for Alaska. The group talks through the friendships, the pranks, and seeing others fully.

Question of the Week: What do you think happened to Alaska?

 

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December 28, 2019

Corey and Kendyl are back for the movie adaptation Where'd You Go, Bernadette? (2019), still worrying over the portrayal of mental illness in this story, but also discussing how sympathetic the characters are and how the movie focuses the book themes.

Question of the Week: Do you think that the film successfully portrays that need for a creative outlet or does it do a disservice to conversations about mental health?

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Dorin and Kendyl read The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, a 770 page book, and now they are tired. But they have just enough energy left to work through all the feelings that the book gave them in this episode.

Question of the Week: Do you think the Goldfinch dragged Theo down, kept him afloat, or stagnated him?

 

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Corey and Kendyl dive into the novel Where'd You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple and have a lot of feelings about recognizing when people need help, romanticizing mental illness, and creative outlets as a "cure" for depression.

Question of the Week: What do you think happens when Bernadette gets back to Seattle? What would you like to happen?

 

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Jenn, Corey, and Kendyl get into the remake of a movie that caused many a meltdown in 1995 and in the years since, The Lion King, and all the reasons to love and hate it.

Question of the Week: Where did you land on “Be Prepared”? Disappointing? Different but okay? Better than the original?

 

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In this episode, Adaptation covers Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), the MCU after the blip, and a world without Tony.

Question of the Week: How will the reveal affect Peter on a personal level? Do you know of any previous story lines where Peter's identity is revealed?

 

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Jenn, Dorin, and Kendyl are ready to pledge loyalty eternal to Agent M while discussing the recent reboot, Men in Black: International (2019).

Question of the Week: What are your theories about Agent initials? What would you like yours to be, if you could choose?

 

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