With essays on significant classic and contemporary novels and movie adaptations, this title will appeal to students of literature and film, as well as movie lovers from every walk of life. Each entry is written by a scholar in the field and is free of jargon. Providing authoritative information and scholarly analysis with a focus on narrative elements and adaptation strategies, the essays also introduce fundamental concepts in literary and film criticism and address the qualities that are specific to the two media of literature and film. Each entry provides background, context, analysis, summary, and suggestions for further reading. Essays address narrative elements like mood, plot, and characterization, and explore the differences between the two genres. Includes a glossary of important terms in literary and film criticism, time line, and introduction to writing about film.