Adaptation for knowing audiences – analysing fan on-line responses to fidelity and deviation in film adaptation

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/556420
Title:
Adaptation for knowing audiences – analysing fan on-line responses to fidelity and deviation in film adaptation
Authors:
Pearce, Samantha
Abstract:
Adaptation theory has historically viewed film as hierarchically and artistically inferior to the book, measuring the success or failure of an adaptation on the grounds of fidelity. More recent critics have challenged the possibility and the desirability of fidelity when adapting one medium to another, proposing other tropes to validate the adaptive process such as intertextuality and contextuality. By examining the online Twilight fan community as an example of a ‘knowing audience’, acquainted with both novel and adapted film, this thesis considers the tensions that exist between fidelity and deviation by analysing the fans’ responses to the altered ending of the film adaptation Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). Having conducted a systematic cataloguing exercise of this online fandom, unprompted online fan discussion from a sub-set of key fan sites was analsyed, uncovering the startling reaction of fans to the film’s unexpected ending. This study identifies fan audiences as intensive readers, collaborators and viewers of adapted texts and suggests the creative and commercial advantages to be gained from a collaborative and open dialogue between adaptors and fans. It also challenges the assumed superiority of the novel and the author’s authority over canon and narrative, and reveals the unexpected added pleasure derived from a deviation from canon.
Citation:
Pearce, S. (2014) 'Adaptation for knowing audiences – analysing fan on-line responses to fidelity and deviation in film adaptation'. MA by research thesis. University of Bedfordshire.
Publisher:
University of Bedfordshire
Issue Date:
Jul-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/556420
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts by Research
Appears in Collections:
Masters e-theses

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dc.contributor.authorPearce, Samanthaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-04T12:03:49Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-04T12:03:49Zen
dc.date.issued2014-07en
dc.identifier.citationPearce, S. (2014) 'Adaptation for knowing audiences – analysing fan on-line responses to fidelity and deviation in film adaptation'. MA by research thesis. University of Bedfordshire.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/556420en
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the University of Bedfordshire in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts by Researchen
dc.description.abstractAdaptation theory has historically viewed film as hierarchically and artistically inferior to the book, measuring the success or failure of an adaptation on the grounds of fidelity. More recent critics have challenged the possibility and the desirability of fidelity when adapting one medium to another, proposing other tropes to validate the adaptive process such as intertextuality and contextuality. By examining the online Twilight fan community as an example of a ‘knowing audience’, acquainted with both novel and adapted film, this thesis considers the tensions that exist between fidelity and deviation by analysing the fans’ responses to the altered ending of the film adaptation Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012). Having conducted a systematic cataloguing exercise of this online fandom, unprompted online fan discussion from a sub-set of key fan sites was analsyed, uncovering the startling reaction of fans to the film’s unexpected ending. This study identifies fan audiences as intensive readers, collaborators and viewers of adapted texts and suggests the creative and commercial advantages to be gained from a collaborative and open dialogue between adaptors and fans. It also challenges the assumed superiority of the novel and the author’s authority over canon and narrative, and reveals the unexpected added pleasure derived from a deviation from canon.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.subjectP303 Film studiesen
dc.subjectfilm adaptationen
dc.subjectadaptationen
dc.subjectfandomen
dc.subjectonline fan communitiesen
dc.subjectTwilighten
dc.subjectreading audiencesen
dc.subjectfidelityen
dc.subjectcanonen
dc.subjectcollaborationen
dc.subjectscreenwritingen
dc.subjectfranchiseen
dc.subjectStephenie Meyeren
dc.subjectMelissa Rosenbergen
dc.subjectBill Condonen
dc.titleAdaptation for knowing audiences – analysing fan on-line responses to fidelity and deviation in film adaptationen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
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