Literature has been a valuable source for cinema since its very first days. In Turkey
a number of adaptation films have been made following the first example of
Ahmet Fehim’s adaptation of Hüseyin Rahmi Gürpınar’s Mürebbiye in 1919. In
the article an overview of literary adaptations in Turkey is provided in a periodical
framework. In general adaptations are varied and are mostly chosen based on
preferences of directors and producers. In times when popular cinema is
flourishing, popular works are more often adapted and in times when cinema has
difficulty in finding an audience artistic values of literary work is more noticeable.