It was 1997, a year that will eternally be etched into the history of pop culture. It was the year the first book in the seven-part fantasy series written by J.K. Rowling came into existence; Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone shocked the world and changed our lives forever. Due to its impactful global influence, it didn’t take long for Hollywood to cash in their chips and turn this masterpiece into a motion picture. All eight film adaptations were a huge hit at the box office, earning a total of $7.7 billion.
Adapted films have become deeply ingrained in the culture of the entertainment industry as evident in the surge of films being produced that are based on graphic novels, comic books, short stories, and classical texts. From blockbuster films such as Lord of the Rings to TV series such as Game of Thrones, let’s break down the various factors as to why adaptations have become a vital part of the industry and the process behind adapting beloved intellectual properties.
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