Love Stories

The Bridges of Madison County and Leaving Las Vegas

Ron Bass’s adaptation of Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County (1992) is a prime example of an adaptation which maintains the essence and feel of the original work while making substantial changes in structure, characterization, and social issue to dramatize and visualize this romantic love story of two people who find their “one moment of certainty” through a four-day romantic encounter. This chapter examines this adaptation process by focusing on the following key points.

1.   Find the starting point. How does the screenwriter find another starting point that differs from the starting point of the novel, and why?

2.   Change in characterization. How are the roles ...

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