Adapt or Perish is a bi-weekly podcast that examines adaptations of all kinds, whether stage to screen, book to television, comic to blockbuster, or movie to musical and back again.
The Quadrants are the tool we use on the show to determine how adaptations rank against each other. This is, of course, subjective.
The y-axis represents how successful the adaptation is as a piece—to us, the most important measure of an adaptation. The x-axis represents how much the creators cared about the source material. Still important to us, but not as much as overall quality.*
Here are some examples from past episodes:
*You might be thinking, “Wait, something doesn’t look right about that.” You’d be right! In many existing episodes, the x and y-axes were switched. We might refer to a successful adaptation, made by people who loved the source material, as a “top right” adaptation. That’s now a “top left” adaptation.