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You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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…and that’s the story that people remember if they saw the movies. When this book came out, it was compared to “The Catcher in the Rye.” It was considered that kind of novel for girls. It was a “coming of the age.” She decides whether or not to have sex with a couple of the guys. it’s entirely up to her. There’s really nothing wrong with it. It’s a fascinating story that has been totally destroyed by the way it was turned into a film and it became a bubble gum film about a cute girl on the beach with cute boys. Totally, totally, cut the knees off of that book. Right? And she wen’t Hawaiian. She went to Rome. I mean it just became this cutesy-pie girl trying to find a boyfriend. Not the point of the novel at all. So the movies completely destroyed it to the point that we don’t teach Gidget in school. But you all probably had to read “The Catcher in the Rye.” Everybody. Right? we read the boy’s coming of age story. We don’t read the girl’s coming of age story. And I think that’s a huge mistake. I didn’t read Gidget until I was in my 40’s. And I went “Oh, it’s a cool book. I don’t know why anyone didn’t give this to me.”

Read a story about the “real” Gidget in Hollywood Digs

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

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From the Index… The H’s – “Why The Monkees Matter”

Wonder what and who I mentioned in “Why The Monkees Matter”? Check out these index entries!

Hairspray!  128-129

Halloween  129, 155

Hannah Montana  12

Happy Day  8, 17, 119, 128

Hargrove, Marion  15

Harris, Neil Patrick  121

Harrison, George  125

Hart, Bobby  27, 80, 88, 156

Hart to Hart   119

Hawn, Goldie  148

Head  24, 104, 115, 136, 146, 152

Headquarters  7, 19, 24, 148

Hendrix, Jimi  151-152

Henry, Buck  46, 79, 113

Hickman, Dwayne  17

“Here Come The Monkees”  36, 57-58, 110

Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees: The 30th Anniversary Documentary  29

Highway to Heaven 120

“Hillbilly Honeymoon”  89, 110, 115, 139

Hillman, Chris  148

hippies  1, 10, 14, 17, 23, 28, 37-38, 79, 104, 134, 136, 146-147, 156

Hoffs, Susanna  152

Hogan’s Heroes  7, 68, 79, 103, 148

Hollywood Palace, The  49

Hollywood Reporter  123

Hollywood Walk of Fame  6

Hopper, Dennis  24

House of Cards  82

How I Met Your Mother  121

Howard, David  140

Howard, Ron  128

Huggins, Roy  15-16

Hullaballo  16, 19

 

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Critical Studies, Feminism and The Monkees from An Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author of “Why The Monkees Matter” on the Zilch Podcast [Audio]

A clip of an interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, author of “Why The Monkees Matter” from Zilch: A Monkee’s Podcast: Episode 48.

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Evans enjoyed working on the show immensely but, “The producers valued me because they knew I was right for the show and the show was right for me.  But it ruined me for a career in television.” He recalled the story of one of The Monkees secretaries coming into his office saying, “You’re laughing but you’re all alone in here.”  His answer: “I’m a comedy writer.  If it doesn’t make me laugh I’d better not hand it in.”   

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Adapting Gidget from A History of the Art of Adaptation [Video] (1:07)

You Can Please Some of the People Some of the Time… None of the People All of the Time: A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More!

Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on A History of the Art of Adaptation in Movies like Dune, The Godfather, Harry Potter and More! at the California State University, Fullerton Library

Part of the program series for Dune by Frank Herbert: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.

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Adapting Gidget from A History of the Art of Adaptation

 

Transcript:

Gidget, in the 50’s, is a different story and I think this one is really sad. When you think of Gidget, if you thin of anything, you think of fluffy girl hanging out at the beach – cutesy, cutesy, cutesy. The crazy thing is, when this was first written — there’s an actual woman who is actually the maitre’d at Duke’s  in Malibu right now in her 70’s and she is Gidget. Gidget is merely a nickname. it means girl-midget. So short girl. Petite girl and in her real life she grew up — her Dad, Fredrick Kohner, writer of early 50’s television shows — lived in Hollywood — and she would go to the beach every day and in a world where we overprotect our children today, I can’t even fathom that at 16 she would get in the family convertible, drive to the beach, stay all day without a cell phone or check-in time or any information, hang out with a bunch of 20-something surf dudes and learn how to surf in the ocean with no parent watching her. That was her actual life and the book is about how she strive to become as good a surfer as these men did, so that they would accept her not as a cute chick but as a surfer.

Read a story about the “real” Gidget in Hollywood Digs

About this talk

Dr. Rosanne Welch (RTVF) speaks on the craft of history of film adaptations from the controversy of the silent film Birth of a Nation (protested by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in 1915) to Breakfast at Tiffany’s (to which author Truman Capote famously said, “The only thing left from the book is the title”) to The Godfather . Naturally, the behemoth in adaptation – Harry Potter (which depended on the relationship created by adapter Steve Kloves and author J.K. Rowling) will be discussed, as will the subject of this month’s celebration: Dune.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Her upcoming book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” will be published in Fall 2016

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

From the Index… The G’s – “Why The Monkees Matter”

Wonder what and who I mentioned in “Why The Monkees Matter”? Check out these index entries!

Galaxy Quest  139

Gandolfini, James  120

Garland, Judy  105

Gaye, Marvin  40

Gardner, Gerald  20, 29, 46-47, 49-50, 52, 60-61, 70, 72-73, 75, 77-79, 90, 98, 108, 112-114, 117, 126

Gelbart, Larry  112

General Hospital  17

George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, The  9, 11, 82, 97, 110

Get Smart  46, 75, 79, 90, 108, 113-114, 148

Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The  78

G.I. Bill  12

Gidget  13, 18

Gilligan’s Island  2

Gilmore Girls  104

“The Girl I Knew Somewhere”  61, 138

Girl Meets World  107

Girl on the Run  15

Glee  142, 145

Glover, William  88

Godfather, The  8, 67, 72, 115

Goffin, Gerry  21, 53, 109

“Goin Down”  69, 145

“Good Morning, Good Morning”  32

Good Times  17, 69

Gordon, Robert  140

Gossip Girl  22

Grace and Frankie  145

Grease  120

Green Acres  91

Green Hornet, The  94

Greenwich Village  31, 135

Gregory, Dick  71

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner  5, 70

Gunsmoke  50, 97


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Women and The Monkees from An Interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, Author of “Why The Monkees Matter” on the Zilch Podcast [Audio]

A clip of an interview with Dr. Rosanne Welch, author of “Why The Monkees Matter” from Zilch: A Monkee’s Podcast: Episode 48.

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Dr. Rosanne Welch speaks on Doctor Who at the 2016 Pomona Reads: A Celebration of Books – October 15, 2016

I’m going to be part of the great project in Pomona where I will be speaking on “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions.” If you’re in the area, please stop by, say “Hi!” and check out all the other great activities, panels and authors!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ Noon

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Don’t miss Dr. Rosanne Welch on Dr. Who!Dr. Rosanne Welch is a writer and university professor who teaches Humanities courses in the (IGE) Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and screenwriting for two MFA in Screenwriting programs (Cal State, Fullerton and Stephens College).

Her current book, “Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture” is available from McFarland Publishing.

In the Who-vian world she has published a chapter in “Torchwood Declassified: Investigating Mainstream Cult Television” (I.B.Tauris) an essay in “Doctor Who and Race: An Anthology.”

In January 2017 “Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection,” which she co-edited with her CalPoly Pomona colleague, Dr. Peg Lamphier, will be published by ABC-CLIO. In her previous life, Welch was a television writer/producer with credits that include “Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences and Touched by an Angel” and ABC NEWS/Nightline.

Monkees Writers from 1960’s TV Censorship and The Monkees with Dr. Rosanne Welch [Video] (1:15)

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“1960s TV Censorship and The Monkees” gives a brief overview of where censorship standards were in the era – and how The Monkees pushed the envelope with its mentions of the Vietnam War – and Sunset Strip riots – and even with the outrageous storytelling behind “Frodis Caper”, the episode that celebrated the saving of an alien plant that very closely resembled a marijuana plant…  

Writer Treva Silverman said the staff got away with such jokes because the network executives were just old enough not to understand any of the references.
Presented at Stephens College MFA in Screenwriting classes on Friday, August 5, 2016

Transcript:

So I wanted to focus on a little TV history and a little bit on censorship. So, I’m looking at them and the whole part of their story that makes them interesting is that they got away with doing and saying things on television in the 1960’s that other people — like The Smother’s Brothers — were cancelled for saying. So, my question was, “How did they do that? What’s the story?” And part of it comes from having interviewed the writers and one of them said, “Network executives didn’t understand what we were saying. So we got by with a lot.” They were referencing marijuana and all these things that the older executives had no idea. So, I thought that was kind of funny. Now, I always talk about writers. I love The Monkees as actors, but these are the people whose words I fell in love with as a kid and these are the people who I met when I wrote the article. Dave Evans, he’s a marvelous, lovely guy. He had written for Bullwinkle and then he moved to The Monkees. Gerald Gardener had been a speech writer for Robert Kennedy when he ran for the senatorship in New York. He’d been friends with the Kennedy family and then he went into television — started on Get Smart and when the folks were putting together The Monkees they wanted hip, flip, new, young kids and the guys on Get Smart recommended him and his partner Dee Caruso. So I got to interview him. Fascinating guy. 


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About Dr. Rosanne Welch

Dr. Rosanne Welch is a professor in the Low Residency MFA in Screenwriting Program from Stephens College, California State University, Fullerton, Mount San Antonio Community College and Cal Poly Pomona.  In 2007, she graduated with her Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S./Film History from Claremont Graduate University.  She graduated with her M.A. in 20th Century United States History from California State University, Northridge in 2004.

Welch is also a television writer/producer with credits for Beverly Hills 90210 , CBS’s Emmy winning Picket Fences and Touched By An Angel . She also writes and hosts her own podcasts on 3rdPass.media, her first one titled “Mindful(I) Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch.”

Three Ring Circus: How Real Couples Balance Marriage, Work and Kids and The Encyclopedia of Women in Aviation and Space are two books she has written. Los Angeles Times and the Journal of Screenwriting hold some of her published articles.

Dr. Rosanne Welch Web Site and Blog

Follow Dr. Welch on Twitter

Dr. Rosanne Welch on YouTube

Quotes from “Why The Monkees Matter” by Dr. Rosanne Welch – 27 in a series

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Each writer came to the show through different channels and with different backgrounds. The writer with the most episodic credits, Gerald Gardner (22 of 58), came after working on the 1964 Robert Kennedy senatorial campaign. He served as head writer, who in today’s television parlance would be referred to as the show runner since he oversaw the development and rewrites of all the scripts each season. 

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