films are adaptations or re-tellings of fiction and
non-fiction works. This page will lead you to resources on how
to adapt, the text of an actual adaptation, or discussion of a series
of adaptations of a title. Here are some tips on finding a
variety of resources.
To find materials,
you can look through these catalogs:
Library Catalog is what you can find in the
Circuit is the joint
catalog for CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD with delivery in
1-3 days for CSUSM users.
Melvyl searches the entire University of
California catalog system and delivers in 5-10 days
through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
searches a 'universe' of library catalogs and delivers
in 5-10 days through Interlibrary Loan for CSUSM.
Useful Subject Terms
Can't think of terms to accurately describe your topic?
Library catalogs use specific subject headings to group
related books together. 'Film' and 'adaptation' are such large topics
and can be defined in multiple ways, you will
want to think of ways to narrow it down, by title, director,
genre, etc. Ask a librarian to
help, or here are some
examples to consider:
Looking for films that
have been adapted from books?
Search the CSUSM catalog using the genre/form search
field (instead of the usual keyword or subject search).
Type in FILM ADAPTATIONS to see the current list of
films in our collection. Or, type title of either the
book (or movie) in the keyword field and add the word
adaptation to limit to any possible adaptations.
Databases at CSUSM will offer both articles on adaptation in
general and discussion of a specific title's adaptations. When looking
for articles on a particular film adaptation or a technique
used in a particular film, the easiest way is to type the title of
the movie into the database.
Some databases do not offer
full text of the articles. Use the
to check our other resources for full text.
Academic Search Premier
Covers a wide array of subjects with full text for
nearly 1,850 scholarly journals, including more than
1,250 peer-reviewed titles.
Communication & Mass Media
Provides abstracts and full text for more than 200
Includes abstracts of articles from critical literary
and language journals. This is primarily concerned with
the original work of literature, but you will find
plenty of articles on adaptations here.
RILM Music Abstracts
Abstracts from scholarly journals on international music
and related disciplines, focus on adaptations here will
be on writing music for film.
These may not be
as scholarly as published journal reviews, so be aware
of the credentials of the reviewer. Keep in mind when
searching the internet that not all material will be
scholarly and other search terms will be 'cinema' or 'film'
rather than 'movie'.
Comparing Film Adaptations
This site from PBS uses the many versions of Shakespeare's
works which have been filmed to show how to examine the
similarities and differences in adaptations of the same
story. Fathom offers a
lesson plan using
Frankenstein, and others for the same purpose.
Internet Movie Database
For basic information about a film, this is one of the more
complete sites. "A search on adaptations" returns a variety of
links to foreign-language-adaptations, adaptations by the
writer and more.