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An adaptation is a thing that has adapted or that has been adapted by someone to accommodate a new environment or serve a new purpose. For example, a cronut is an adaptation of a croissant and a donut. The resulting combination is a better fit for an environment where a bunch of fat slobs, or soon-to-be fat slobs, just can’t enough calories, fat, sugar and artery-clogging fried foods at other bakeries.

Adaptation can also mean the process by which something is adapted to a new environment or purpose.

Adaptation can also refer to performance art that has been adapted from a literary work. You often see film adaptations of novels. Why is that? I don’t know, but I suspect its because of one or more of the following:

  • Most screenwriters lack the creativity necessary to come up with new stories.
  • Movie producers lack the guts necessary to try something untested.
  • Moviegoers are mostly illiterate. If movies aren’t adapted from books, moviegoers would remain unfamiliar with all books. Film is a way to get those stories told because they would otherwise be lost due to illiteracy.

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