Poster or Presentation Title

Adapting to the Big Screen: A Study of Themes in Consumer Reviews of Movie Adaptations of Young Adult Books

Presenter Information

Dustin L. Hasse, Lynchburg College

Location

Sydnor Performance Hall

Access Type

Event

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Event Website

http://www.lynchburg.edu/academics/red-letter-day/student-scholar-showcase/

Start Date

6-4-2016 9:30 AM

End Date

6-4-2016 9:45 AM

Abstract

Movies and books are radically different. They make use of different senses, take up different amounts of time to consume, and utilize wholly different media. With movie adaptations of books becoming increasingly popular, especially the Young Adult genre, the media are becoming merged. While the media are merging, so are the fan bases. Some people are paying to see these movies because they like the genre, such as action or fantasy, while others are paying to watch because they enjoyed the book. Regardless of the reason for watching, when people have to pay for something, there will be reviews, especially if the experience was either really negative or really positive, and with the online environment, reviews are thriving. Reviews of movie adaptations of Young Adult books were researched for this study, and were used to find prevalent themes in order to help the film industry create successful adaptations. The research showed that there are several themes evident in reviews and usually deal with similar topics, and while this study does not suggest the best way for film makers to create an adaptation, it does provide the grounds for how to go about making the most of their decisions.

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Cheryl R. Jorgensen-Earp

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Adapting to the Big Screen: A Study of Themes in Consumer Reviews of Movie Adaptations of Young Adult Books

Sydnor Performance Hall

Movies and books are radically different. They make use of different senses, take up different amounts of time to consume, and utilize wholly different media. With movie adaptations of books becoming increasingly popular, especially the Young Adult genre, the media are becoming merged. While the media are merging, so are the fan bases. Some people are paying to see these movies because they like the genre, such as action or fantasy, while others are paying to watch because they enjoyed the book. Regardless of the reason for watching, when people have to pay for something, there will be reviews, especially if the experience was either really negative or really positive, and with the online environment, reviews are thriving. Reviews of movie adaptations of Young Adult books were researched for this study, and were used to find prevalent themes in order to help the film industry create successful adaptations. The research showed that there are several themes evident in reviews and usually deal with similar topics, and while this study does not suggest the best way for film makers to create an adaptation, it does provide the grounds for how to go about making the most of their decisions.

https://digitalshowcase.lynchburg.edu/studentshowcase/2016/Presentations/38