Thursday, 2 February 2017

Major Project: Possible adaptations

After speaking with Alan he suggested looking into adapting children's literature for my Major Project. 

After searching through the library and bookshops I've narrowed it down to two books both set in a Victorian time era. 

The Water Babies -  Charles Kingsley

Plot:  "The protagonist is Tom, a young chimney sweep, who falls into a river after encountering an upper-class girl named Ellie and being chased out of her house. There he appears to drown and is transformed into a "water-baby", as he is told by a caddisfly—an insect that sheds its skin—and begins his moral education"

Main character description:  "a little ugly, black, ragged figure, with red eyes and grinning white teeth"

Reason of interest: The place of the waterbabies leaves space to be creative around design.

Northern Lights (His Dark Materials) - Phillip Pullman

Plot: "12-year-old Lyra Belacqua runs wild with her dæmon Pantalaimon around Jordan College, Oxford, under the guardianship of the college's master. One day, she witnesses the Master poison wine intended for Lord Asriel, Lyra's rebellious and adventuring uncle. She warns Asriel, then spies on his lecture about "dust", mysterious elementary particles attracted to adults more than children, and images of a parallel universe that can be seen through the northern lights. The Oxford scholars agree to fund his research, considered heretical by the oppressive Church.

Lyra's friend Roger goes missing, presumed kidnapped by child abductors known only as the "Gobblers". Lyra is adopted by a charming socialite, Mrs Coulter. Before Lyra leaves Jordan, the Master secretly entrusts her with an alethiometer, a truth-telling device, which she quickly learns to use intuitively."

Main character description:  "blue eyes and blond hair, along with being short for her age and quite thin but is still quite attractive. She is also brave, curious, and crafty."

Reason of interest: Book I read as a child, fantastical. Option to design prop (alethiometer). 


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