The podcast for in-depth discussion on film adaptations and the original material they're based on.
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?
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?
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?
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.
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?
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?
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?
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...
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...
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.
**Disclaimer** Kendyl uses "queer" as a catch-all term to describe Ann M. Martin in this epi...
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?
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 ...
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 ...
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?
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?
Is The Secret Garden the perfect book for quarantine? Dorin and Kendyl think it just might be, with it's fresh-baked-bread-wholesomeness, themes of how nature connects us all, and early meditations on mental health.
Question of the Week: Do you think that the author's intent was to make a statement about mental health, even with such an early understanding of it?
Adaptation gets down to business in this commentary on the 1998 Disney film Mulan!
Question of the Week: Which metaphor in this movie is your favorite? Blossoming flowers? Rice? Reflections? The howling mountain?
The colors. The music. The farce. There was so much to love about the 2020 film adaptation of Emma and the team gets into it in this episode, but not without a few disagreements along the way.
Question of the Week: When do you think Knightley knew he was in love with Emma in this version? In other adaptations?
Jess, Jenn, and Kendyl watch the 1996 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Emma in what might be the most talk-filled commentary we've ever done.
Question of the Week: What is the most important element to get right in retelling Emma's story for you?
Relisten to this 2013 episode where Jess and Kendyl cover Emma by Jane Austen and what it means to like and root for a main character.
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