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What Creative Magic Makes Some Adaptations Succeed and Others Fail?

5 questions to inspire debate and discussion about the best book-to-TV, and comics-to-movie efforts of all time.

PJ Lifestyle Pop Culture Debates!


June 7, 2014 - 2:00 pm
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In partnership with the new fiction publishing platform Liberty Island, PJ Lifestyle is going to begin promoting and co-hosting a series of debates and discussions about popular culture. The goal is to figure out what works and what doesn’t so that in the future we can promote and create better fiction and culture of our own. These are public brainstorming sessions for writers and culture advocates interested in developing a more vibrant popular culture. You’re invited to submit your answers to any of these questions — or a related one of your own! — that interests you:

A) in the comments

B) Via email to PJ Lifestyle editor Dave Swindle.

C) at your blog, then let us know in the comments or via email. 

The most interesting answers may be linked, cross-posted, or published at PJ Lifestyle. 

Also check out the previous weeks’ writing prompts and email in your thoughts on any questions that strike your fancy: 5 Questions So We Can Figure Out the Cream of the Crop In Popular Music Genres5 Geek Questions To Provoke Debates About the Future of Sci-Fi and Fantasy5 Controversial Questions To Inspire Spirited Debates About Music.

1. Which Science Fiction Novels Should Be Made into Films and TV Miniseries?

2. Lord of the Rings Vs. Harry Potter: Which Film Series Better Captured their Books’ Spirit?

3. What Are the 10 Most Disastrous Comic Book Adaptations?

4. Is It Better To Adapt Books as Netflix Shows and TV Mini-Series Instead of Films?

5. Which Video Games Should Be Adapted Into Films or TV Shows?

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I'm waiting for Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash to be adapted. IT would probabaly have to be done as a mini series though.
31 weeks ago
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The Rankin-Bass "The Hobbit", from which comes the image above, is actually quite good. It gets a little silly when it's time to kill someone, since it was intended for children, but its imagery was excellent and it was very faithful to the source.
I thought Harry Morgan voiced Gandalf, but IMDB tells me that Morgan voiced Carolinius in "The Flight of Dragons." Must be where I went astray.
37 weeks ago
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Niven and Pournelle's "Footfall" would make a great classic invasion flick now that we have the tech to fathfully finesse the fithp (now say that 10 times fast).
38 weeks ago
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"The Mote in God's Eye." That's where it all starts, and thanks for putting it out there, Mr. Swindle.
38 weeks ago
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