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Old 24th Apr 2007, 10:20   #23
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Default Re: George Eliot: Middlemarch

I think it's interesting that we are debating the merits of film and TV adaptations of novels, and how the inherent characteristics of the original can be changed for better or for worse. However, are we saying that we should only experience a work in its original form and that any other experience will detract from the original?

Taken to its extreme, this could mean that we should never read a Shakespeare play, as the original experience should be to see it performed live on stage, and that your experience when reading the work might change your perception of that work (again for better or worse). I know that we don't actually adapt the play in the same way that a novel is adapted by the producer, but I wonder just how much all the footnotes etc affect our experience?
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