Dramatic License


A dramatic license implies an element of entitled, creative liberty, while (taking) dramatic license, alone, can infer an aspect of arbitrary exploitation. Regardless how we parse its definition, there is no doubt that it defines and embellishes contemporary life in countless ways, from literature, cinema, and theater to drama and marketing for television and radio production, as well as live entertainment and journalism.

In a post at http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_a_Dramatic_License, “Answered by The Community” responded that it is “used in most fictional movies- is where the script writers ( at times of necessity as period props can”t be found)- takes some liberties with the original story if it was a novel, to adapt it to the screen, The Academy even gives out Oscars for best adaptation of material from another media- okay- say a character in a novel is, say a Boxer, as it was in Hemingway’s (the Killers)- the movie version he was a racing driver, Hemingway understandably objected. Sometimes dramatic license is accidental- with period props or vehicles- sometimes it is deliberate.”

In another post at http://www.chacha.com/question/what-is-a-dramatic-license, “Anonymous” responded that “Dramatic license is when an actor/director go outside of the script and add their own interpretation to the physical text.”

Hemingway was probably more than a little perturbed, considering his novel was well known. But he still had his faculties, so to speak, and with his contract for royalties, he was no doubt crying all the way to the bank, perfectly entitled to his own dramatic license.

This is pure fun:

“Carolyn Marsh’s latest best-seller is a hot and sexy romance novel featuring a smoky-eyed swashbuckling Highland hero named Duncan MacLeod. – Standard YouTube License”

 Uploaded on Nov 16, 2009


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