<b>Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down (2005) in the Transition from Book to Movie</b>


  • Ömercan Tüm Karabük Üniversitesi




contemporary novel, intertextuality, screen adaption, transformation, evolution


Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down (2005) in the Transition from Book to movie


Challenging and profound, Nick Hornby’s novel A Long Way Down (2005) is the story of four people failing to commit suicide. The protagonists are caught in an intricate web of relationships, disappointments and missed chances on their one-way journey to understand that “The cure for unhappiness is happiness” (Elizabeth McCracken). This paper aims at demonstrating that 2014 movie version directed by Pascal Chaumeil fails to capture the essence of the book and resorts to a number of radical changes which are only supposed to attract a larger audience, but do not necessarily send the same message as the novel.

Author Biography

Ömercan Tüm, Karabük Üniversitesi

Ömercan Tüm is a third year student at the Faculty of Letters, Department of English Language and Literature, T.C. Karabük University. His main interests include English and American Literature with a special emphasis upon Contemporary Prose; Cultural Studies; Discourse Analysis as well as Foreign Language Teaching. In order to expand his research in the field of Contemporary Prose, his intention is to apply for a Master Degree offering courses in such an area.


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How to Cite

Tüm, Ömercan. (2015). <b>Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down (2005) in the Transition from Book to Movie</b>. Journal of History Culture and Art Research, 4(3), 22-29. https://doi.org/10.7596/taksad.v4i3.463