This week in class we looked at something called an Adaptation. In terms of film, an adaptation is “the transfer of a work or story, in whole or in part, to a feature film.” While doing research about adaptations for my podcast episode, I found something interesting. An adaptation has 2 different definitions. It has a film definition and a biological definition. I was wondering, are there any similarities or differences to these two types of definitions?
The biological definition of an adaptation is the process or the state of adjusting or changing to become more suited to an environment. It’s about how a certain species adapts to an environment as a result of natural selection.
Now, can this definition make me better understand the film definition we’re learning about in class?
After learning about the other definition of the word, I think that I have learned more about both words and see how they both connect together. The word adaptation stems from back in the early 17th century when it indicated a relation between design and function and how something fits into something else. Both definitions of adaptation relate to a relationship between design and function. With film, the design and function could be the original story and how the director envisions it.
It’s interesting to see how the same word with two different meanings can connect together. Thanks for reading this week’s weekly reflection. Make sure you keep an eye out for the next weekly reflection.