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Adapting Bestsellers
Fantasy, Franchise and the Afterlife of Storyworlds

Part of Elements in Publishing and Book Culture

  • Date Published: January 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108731089


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  • This Element looks at adaptations of bestselling works of popular fiction to cinema, television, stage, radio, video games and other media platforms. It focuses on 'transmedia storytelling', building its case studies around the genre of modern fantasy: because the elaborate storyworlds produced by writers like J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin have readily lent themselves to adaptations across various media platforms. This has also made it possible for media entertainment corporations to invest in them over the long term, enabling the development of franchises through which their storyworlds are presented and marketed in new ways to new audiences.

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    'A succinct and impressively informative study, Adapting Bestsellers: Fantasy, Franchise and the Afterlife of Storyworlds is an inherently interesting and thought-provoking read that will have particular interest for writers and publishers interested in their books being expanded into other entertainment (and money-making) platforms.' Jim Cox, Midwest Book Review

    '… Ken Gelder presents an illuminating and diverse journey through the franchises of three fantasy bestsellers, prompting an interesting, specific, and plausible argument to emerge.' Marcus Berian Nicholls, Adaptation

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108731089
    • length: 75 pages
    • dimensions: 125 x 180 x 5 mm
    • weight: 0.1kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: adaptation, franchise and modern fantasy
    2. The afterlife of modern fantasy
    3. Adapting J. R. R. Tolkien
    4. J. K. Rowling and the Potterverse
    5. George R. R. Martin and HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • Author

    Ken Gelder, University of Melbourne

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