Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Art of the Adaptation

The New Yorker‘s Ian Crouch has an interesting discussion of film adaptations today, sparked by Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt. Among his insights:

Readers are certainly prone to outrage about any number of cinematic crimes, real and imagined, committed against their favorite books, yet the most common complaint centers on a movie’s manipulation of a novel’s plot. Change the story and piss a lot of people off. What can we say, then, of “Killing Them Softly,” which is true to the novel’s narrative but somehow false to its spirit?