Taking Tarantino's dictionary definition of "pulp fiction" as its starting point, this work explores the unease with which film and TV adaptations of books are often greeted. It looks at a range of adaptations and authors, including Branagh's film "Henry V", "Frankenstein", and the books of Angela Carter. The notion of "planning" in the evolution and filming of "Interview with the Vampire", and the exploitation of textual/cinematic strategies in the film "Orlando" are examined. The BBC's decision to film "Middlemarch" in Stamford is considered, and the book concludes with a defence of the charges against Tarantino that he exploits the banal and vulgar tastes of mass culture.
Deborah Cartmell is a Professor in English Literature at De Montfort University. I.Q. Hunter is the Professor of Film Studies at De Montfort University. His books include, The Routledge Companion to British Cinema History (Routledge, 2017) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Heidi Kaye is the former Senior Lecturer in English and Women's Studies at De Montfort University. She is the author of many feminist studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000) and Alien Identities (Pluto Press, 1999). Imelda Whelehan is a Research Professor in English and Gender Studies. Her books include, Classics in Film and Fiction (Pluto Press, 2000), The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen (CUP, 2007) and Ageing, Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism (Palgrave, 2014).