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It Is Always Darkest Before the Dawn. A discussion of three adaptations based on the works of Philip K. Dick

Maí 2011

This essay takes a look at three of Philip K. Dick works and their film adaptations; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner), “The Minority Report” (Minority Report) and “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale” (Total Recall). The field of adaptation studies has finally come into its own in the last two decades and now has a sophisticated theoretical base. This essay attempts to give some guidelines on the definition of adaptation, how important the changes made to the original story are and with special focus on story, plot and character changes. Kline’s four approaches: translation; pluralist; transformation and materialist, to evaluating adaptation are used in regards to the films. Also included is a brief biography of the life of Philip K. Dick that is necessary to gain an understanding into his favorite themes; ‘What is Real’ and ‘What is Human’. His stories are packed with dualism and more specifically the difference between Human/Android, Life/Death, Real/Fake and Mother/Lover. These dualisms and the theme of ‘What is Real’ is explored and identified throughout the films.


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