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All adaptations are not created equally According to Absolute Shakespeare sixty one film adaptations and twenty one TV adaptations alone have been made of Hamlet the earliest being in 1907 and the latest in 2000 Many adaptations do not even come close to what an adaptation should be The closer they come to portraying the original Authors views the better that adaptation is Francis Ford Coppola adapted Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness to the big screen and called it Apocalypse Now He blended a conventional war film with the themes of Heart of Darkness making it one of the greatest films of all time Coppola incorporated all the characteristics of a great adaptation to make his adaptation of Heart of darkness a very effective adaptation as well as a great film Many films claim to be an adaptation of a novel but I do not believe all can actually be called an adaptation without having certain characteristics In general Authors are not in the business to make money but to put their ideas and beliefs on paper Authors have a different purpose for writing a novel then do Screen Writers Weather its to tell a story or to inform Authors usually do not do it for the money As a result there is not a monetary need to appeal to a wide-ranging audience They can focus on a narrower group of readers Directors usually make films to make money after all it costs a lot more to make a film than it does to write a novel They try to make films to appeal to a much larger audience so they can get a greater return on their huge investment They want to produce films that will attract and entertain all types of audiences People usually watch films to relax and not think too much in contrast to novels which people usually read to become more knowledgeable increase their vocabulary and they expect to
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