Film Naming: Book Titles and Film Titles

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The studies of a film text as a polycoded textual phenomena involve the studies of its integral components, such as film story and screenplay, reflecting storyline or plot of a literary text that serves as a precedential text to filming and as an immediate constituent of a film itself. Film title combines the features of a book or story title and functions as a precedential phenomenon as well, but is an integral part of the process of film promotion and release, and in cinematographic sphere it’s of crucial importance. In fact, the original book or story titles used to change especially with time and audience involved, when filming remaking changes to TV series and miniseries, or films are followed by sequels and prequels so that not to make something like Jaws 3 or Indiana Jones 5 . Anyhow, most of film titles fully repeat or at least conserve the title of a literary text, still it’s often amplified to make difference or to emphasize the idea that the screenplay is a new one just the story to be continued, e.g., Jaws-3D: The Revenge. Not very often the changes are marked graphically as of Romeo + Juliet or Romeo & Julie t, so that to hint a new turnoff the plot to the audience. It’s obvious that film titles often use names of main characters either for series or episode titles or to form a film franchise like that of Jurassic Park or Indiana Jones ones. As people started to use different IT gadgets they used to read books less and less, and film stories tend to make a new book form when a book is no longer a precedent to a film. Thus the cycle of “book title → film title” was completed by a part of “film title → book title (or book itself” to reflect the reverse trend, which is known worldwide.

About the authors

Elena A. Krasina

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

Author for correspondence.
6, Miklukho-Maklaya street, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Doctor in Philology, Professor, Professor of the General and Russian Linguistics Department, Philological Faculty

Eugeniy S. Rybinok

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

6, Miklukho-Maklaya street, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

Chief Administrator of the Philological Study n.a. L.A. Novikov & N.M. Firsova; a PhD degree-seeking student of the General and Russian Linguistics Department, Philological Faculty

Alia Moctar

Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (RUDN University)

6, Miklukho-Maklaya street, Moscow, 117198, Russian Federation

PhD student of the General and Russian Linguistics Department, Philological Faculty


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