Film and TV Series Adaptations of Children’s and Youth Literature in the 21st Century
Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, we have been observing the increase in the popularity of film and TV series adaptations of children’s and youth literature. It was in 2001 that such productions were made as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by Chris Columbus – screen adaptation of the first part of the famous J. K. Rowling’s heptalogy, The Princess Diaries by Gary Marshall based on the Meg Cabot book, or Shrek by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson inspired by a book by William Steig under the same title.
We would also like to devote the first issue of the journal Dzieciństwo: Literatura i Kultura to consideration on the 21st century trend of adaptation of children’s literature – both film and TV series, presented on cinema and television screens and on streaming platforms (such as Netflix). What are the transformations of childhood constructs relative to literary prototypes? What tendencies are visible in film and TV series adaptations understood as reinterpretations of pre-text books? What literary works are the modern adapters most willing to use and what could be the reasons for their choices? Who is the hypothetical recipient of contemporary film and TV series adaptations?
We invite you to look at contemporary adaptations of both the classics of literature for young audiences and newer works; Polish and foreign texts. When presenting the analyzes of films and TV series, we would like to remind of their often forgotten – for example under the influence of adaptation – literary prototypes. We are interested in case studies as well as cross-sectional studies.
The problem areas we propose are:
- Adaptations of multi-volume novels – both complete (e.g. Harry Potter, Hunger Games), and incomplete (e.g. His Dark Materials, Eragon, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson); here especially the hypothetical reasons for the lack of continuation
- New adaptations of the classics against previous adaptations (e.g. The Jungle Book from 2016 versus The Jungle Book from 1967)
- Adaptations of contemporary fantasy literature (e.g. A Monster Calls, Coraline) and literary realism (e.g. Wonder, The Fault in Our Stars)
- TV series adaptations of the era of streaming platforms (e.g. Anne, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events)
- Adaptations of the latest Polish children’s and youth literature – film (e.g. Za niebieskimi drzwiami, Felix, Net i Nika oraz teoretycznie możliwa katastrofa) and TV series (e.g. Kacperiada, Pamiętnik Florki)
- Adaptations more popular than their book source material (e.g. Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon)
- Expansion of the source material (e.g. Where the Wild Things Are, Le Petit Prince – are those still adaptations?)
- Biographical films about the creators of children’s and youth literature (e.g. Finding Neverland, Saving Mr. Banks, Goodbye Christopher Robin) and their relationship with the phenomenon of adaptation
We also invite you to send texts that are not related to the theme of the issue to the Varia and Reviews sections.
The deadline for submitting articles: November 30, 2018