Journal Article

Unconscious Adaptation: <i>Hard Candy</i> as <i>Little Red Riding Hood</i>

Natalie Hayton

in Adaptation

Volume 4, issue 1, pages 38-54
Published in print March 2011 | ISSN: 1755-0637
Published online February 2011 | e-ISSN: 1755-0645 | DOI:
Unconscious Adaptation: Hard Candy as Little Red Riding Hood

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Critics and reviewers were quick to articulate the visual comparison of David Slade’s red-hooded heroine, Hayley, in his contemporary psychological thriller Hard Candy (2005), with the folkloric heroine, Little Red Riding Hood, but so far scholars have neglected to look beyond the connection of the red hood to consider the thematic and narratological similarities that can be found in comparison with the folk tales. The choice of costume, described by the film's screenwriter, Brian Nelson, ‘as a piece of accidental poetry’ suggests that fairy tales occupy a complex space within adaptation studies. This article therefore seeks to establish the concept of unconscious adaptation and appropriation within the discipline as a way of promoting fairy tales as the ultimate intertexts.

Keywords: Unconscious adaptation; Little Red Riding Hood; Hard Candy; feminism; Jungian psychoanalysis

Journal Article.  8086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film ; Television ; Literature

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