Although primarily a visual medium, the cinema has always relied on the novel as a source of inspiration. Linda Buckley-Archer looks at the changing relationship between film and literature, and considers how each had affected the other.
Hollywood’s recipe of the hero’s journey is concentrate of Joseph Campbell diluted via the commercial wisdom of ‘story consultants’. But what if we put a heroine in the frame? Does the schema of desire, jeopardy, prize-wresting, and finally, homecoming still hold? Nicola Baldwin thinks the journey is even more important for women, who invariably forfeit something along the way.