Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Postby MK_Wizard » September 14th, 2018, 7:19 am

A lot of people make their big break by taking an existing tale and making an adaptation out of it. Walt Disney did it, Don Bluth did it and so did many others. And I can't lie that one of my big plans in art is that I want to do for monsters what Disney did to the princess. I want to take the ones we know and reinvent them.

Is it bad to try to get out there like this? Does it make you any less original?
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Re: Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Postby eishiya » September 14th, 2018, 8:21 am

It's not "bad". It's also still plenty original, because you don't get famous rehashing the same stories the exact same way, you have to come up with a new and interesting take, and that takes just as much creativity as an original story, especially when the space is already so crowded with adaptations.

Original stories don't spring out of nothing, they just hide their inspirations more.
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Re: Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Postby Strelok_401 » September 27th, 2018, 8:53 am

Eh, I wouldn't say so. Transposing an already existing piece of art to another media IS something that demands talent. Let's take the example of the movie adaptation of a book. You're not just telling the same story on screen. You choose which parts have to be highlighted. You choose how the characters will look like. You choose the timing of the story. You choose how the universe and backgrounds look like. How everyone sounds like. What the musical theme will be. What the visual ambiance will be. For example, let's take something we've all watched : the Harry Potter movies. Are they good? Yes. I'm not a part of the HP fandom, but they're objectively good movies. Could you imagine them being as good if the key scenes weren't filmed the same way? If Hogwarts looked differently? If the characters weren't shown in the same way? Probably not.
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Re: Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Postby Blue Dragon » November 20th, 2018, 2:24 pm

I agree with what's said here, but I wanted to add that each author/artist brings their own spin and personality to it: whether it's something they believe or not. That is to say, you weave your own vision of the story, and that story may not fall in line with one's beliefs, but it is still original to their vision. The only way it wouldn't be original is if you word for word, look for look, took someone else's adaptation: it would still have one's own spin on it just cause of their individual style, but it might not be original enough to pass as not a copy. I'm thinking of things like "Disney knock offs." At least when Disney took Kimba the White Lion, they also mixed Hamlet and other elements in it to make their story original.

I think a really good example is how different all the Shakespeare films/prodctions are. They are all based on the same words, the same material, but actors, the directors, or stage hands (depending if it's live or not) all play their own roles in making the experience different.

I always wanted to my own comic version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," then I think Charles Vess may have illustrated it (I think...maybe it was just a fictionalization of Shakespeare...) and I thought...I'm not going to top that XD I may still do my own, though :3

Also, nice to see a familiar face, MK :)
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Re: Is it bad to become famous for doing adaptations?

Postby StanleyComics » November 20th, 2018, 3:31 pm

God, no, don't be silly! There's no such thing as a 100% original idea - not in Hollywood, not in comics, nowhere. What we see know are Frankenstein creations of old plots. Nowadays, originality comes from the approach you take on something, not the source material.Because there's always going to be source material. In all actuality, I study animation at university. They actually encourage us to make adaptations of myths, legends, old literature, religious writing, national literature and so on. And what they say to us is, to spin it through our own prism, tell our own story through these themes. It's not bad or unoriginal at all, don't even worry about that. Use the source material you like and make your own story shine in it. And if you get big, don't ever think you did not deserve it.
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