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Adaptation of a current story
Has anyone used a storyline that they have read or seen elsewhere and changed it either because a) they wanted to write their own version of it and the original characters intrigued them as well as the original premise or b) they felt that the way the characters were portrayed didn't seem to ring true to the main idea of the story and they wanted to change it and tell their own story?
What I'm trying to say is that I have a story idea that is linked to something I have seen on television. The general idea is there and it has really interested me, but I would have to change the situation and characters so that it doesn't resemble the original story. The story that I'm intrigued with is loosely based on a novel from the 1700s.
Has this happened to anyone else and how did you go about writing it? All I know is that at the moment the characters and the situation have really interested me, and I need to rewrite their story. I know for a fact that there has been other adaptations of this book and even a Disney film, so it has been done before. I just want to know how you would go about it from a writer's point of view.
I suppose it is like Bridget Jones' Diary being an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Any ideas would be helpful.
Many thanks, Doglover.