Date: 2016-05-16 02:52 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] heliopausa
I'm not sure what the question is in the first part here. Is it just the maths vocab? - in which case... two squared is four; the square root of four is two. If you mean the metaphor, it doesn't really work backwards in English - and yes, there's so much in a good novel that it's an almost impossible task to transfer the whole into another medium. Short stories and novellas are more possible. Have you read "The Dead", by James Joyce?

But as for adaptations using just one small part of the original, rather than trying to deal with the whole - oh, certainly! (But would they then be called adaptations?) Let me consider, to find an example....

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Or do you decline to call it an adaptation?
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