Questions about differences in plot/characters/details between a movie based on a book and the source book, and vice versa.

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How does Claire travel through the standing stones in Outlander?

In Outlander the book by Diana Gabaldon, I recall (although it has been several years) Claire falling into the stones and accidentally back in time. In the new television adaptation, however, the ...
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Why were the Elven cloak's abilities not utilized more?

Nature of Elvish Cloaks This wiki article appears to list all the main points that elven cloaks came into play in Tolkien's works. It seems clear that both in the books and the movie that the idea ...
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which “The Fly” movie is more accurate to the short story?

I have seen both the '58 and '86 movies of The Fly. I have yet to read the short story and am curious as to which is more accurate. How do the two movies diverge from the short story? Which one is the ...
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What are the differences between the book and the film version of Smaug and Bilbo's conversation?

I have read in several places that the movie scene differs quite a bit from the book scene. Sadly I haven't read the books. I just want some major highlights as to how the 2 scenes differed, and what ...
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What symbol does Gandalf put on Bilbo's door?

Do we know what the symbol is that Gandalf puts on the door of Bag End? I mean the one in the novel. Is it the same as the one in the movie?
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Which book explains the story about how Boba Fett escapes his fate?

What is the title of the book within the documented Star Wars extended universe that contains the story about how Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc pit?
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Why was the 21st chapter in the early American publications of A Clockwork Orange omitted?

Most Americans were unaware of the missing last chapter; the movie even follows the American novelization. Why in America was the 21st chapter removed when it first came to the US? In Europe the ...
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Why did Dorian Gray react like this to his portrait?

In "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, Dorian could look upon his portrait as much as he liked until it eventually drove him mad and he killed the painter; Basil Hallward He didn't die or ...
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In the movie version of Ender's Game, Col. Graff's computer shows a very short time until the end of Ender's training [duplicate]

In the movie version of Ender's Game, there is a scene where Col. Graff is in his office, and they show a big HUD with all sorts of data - including This implies a much more rapid and accelerated ...
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What deviations from the book did the movie “The Desolation of Smaug” have?

As far as I can tell that the hobbit movies don't seem to be necessarily true to the book. For instance I have heard that duel between Sauron and Gandalf didn't happen, and that the dwarves didn't ...
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Why tell Rosmerta about Sirius' relation to Harry?

In the movie version of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, there is a scene where Professor McGonagall and Cornelius Fudge meet with Rosmerta, the bartender at The Three Broomsticks, to talk ...
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Are there any meaningful differences between Star Wars prequels and their novelizations?

Are there any meaningful differences between Star Wars prequels and their novelizations? I mean differences more in the "contradictions" meaning, and not those that are of the "this detail was ...
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Are there any differences between the Catching Fire movie and book?

So I recently watched Catching Fire. I thought it was pretty faithful in some parts with gaping holes in another. Is there a list of the differences between the two? The scene with Joanna in the lift ...
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What was the timeframe which the Ender's Game movie took place within?

The book and the movie for Ender's Game each appear to work within very different timeframes. The book started when Ender was six and appears to have continued for a span of five to seven years. In ...
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Why was the I.F. in a rush?

In the Ender's game movie, Ender is told near the end that that Is this reason for the I.F. rush backed up by the book? I seem to remember that the rush was because the ships were about to get to ...
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In The Hobbit film, how is Thorin's sword gathered with him by the giant eagle?

The sword is beyond his reach and yet is on him when the eagle gathers him up and away from the Orcs. Discontinuity in Middle-Earth...
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What are the differences between Ender's Game Book/Film

So I just watched Ender's Game (as apparently it's out in the UK a week before the US) and there were a few things I noticed were different. Is there a list of differences between the film and book ...
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Description of the martial art Sumito?

One of the underpinnings of Steve Perry’s Matador series is the fictional martial art called “Sumito”, consisting of 97 steps. Throughout the novels, individual and groups of steps are either hinted ...
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Is Percy Jackson and Sea of Monsters movie is more faithful to the first movie or to the corresponding book?

Having been listening to the first book, and seeing how VASTLY different it is from the movie, I decided that I'm going to treat the movies as a separate entity from the books. And that got me to ...
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Fassbinder's “Welt am Draht” (World on a Wire)

In the seventies Fassbinder made a scifi called "Welt am Draht" (in English "World on a wire"), inspired by "Simulacron-3" by Daniel F. Galouye. I never read the book. If I understood/remember ...
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Why does Grima Wormtongue have black hair?

In the LOTR movie, Wormtongue is depicted as having black hair, which is out of place, since the Rohirrim all have blond hair. Is there any in-universe reason for giving him black hair?
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How did the Witch King of Angmar get his sword back?

Spoilers for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: The Witch King clearly has his sword in The Fellowship of the Ring. How and when did he get his sword back? Judging by the shape of ...
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Where do the bodies of the dead Tributes go?

I've only seen the movie-version of The Hunger Games, and have yet to read the books. Is it explained where the bodies of the dead Tributes go, if they are removed at all?
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Was Gollum completely naked in the books?

This might sound like a weird question, but here goes anyway. In the LotR and the Hobbit movies, Gollum is always shown with a piece of cloth hiding his private area. It seems dull to me that he ...
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Height of the Orcs of Gundabad

I had always thought all Orcs to have quite the same posture, but when watching The Hobbit movie and the Orcs of Gundabad are mentioned (together with the Pale Orc), I noticed that they are larger ...
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Was Verhoeven's Starship Troopers intended to be a satire on war or a parody of the book? Was it authorised to be such?

From WP's page on the film: Director Verhoeven says his satirical use of irony and hyperbole is "playing with fascism or fascist imagery to point out certain aspects of American society... of ...
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What is the ending of the novel Kimball Ravenswood?

I like the film What's Your Raashee? but I heard that it has a different ending from Madhu Rye's novel Kimball Ravenswood which the movie based on. So, what is the ending of Madhu Rye's novel Kimball ...
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Why can Arwen decide her mortality

I want to know what the books say about this. In the movie Arwen gives her necklace (Evenstar) to Aragorn, and he says that she cannot give it away (I am not sure if this could also mean her ...
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How does the Movie, “The Seeker - The Dark is Rising” compare to the books by Susan Cooper?

I've not seen the movie, but I really enjoyed the books as a child and I am getting a literature unit ready for my daughter using the books. I wondered how faithful the movie is to the books in ...
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What kind of rabbits did Radagast use to pull his sleigh?

In the Hobbit movie, Ragadast has a sleigh that is pulled by rabbits. At one point he says something along these lines to Gandalf: These are ??? rabbits! I'd like to see them try (to catch me) ...
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Why are the Bene Gesserit tonsured/bald in the movie?

The opening paragraphs of Dune explicitly state that the Bene Gesserit Reverend Mother has a full head of hair: The old woman was let in by the side door down the vaulted passage by Paul’s room ...
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What elements from non-Hobbit Tolkien canon have been included in the Hobbit movie?

I don't expect a great answer till all parts are released, but at least, as per the current knowledge, what elements (plot, characters, events, ideas, dialog, items etc..) are known to be in Peter ...
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Did Aragorn touch the Palantir in the book?

In the LOTR The Two Towers movie, Pippin takes a look at the Palantir and Aragorn grabs it for a second to save him. Later in the extended version of the LOTR The Return of the King, Aragorn again ...
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In the Starship Troopers movie, what remains of Robert A. Heinlein's original novel?

I enjoyed watching the movie Starship Troopers and the issues it "addresses" (to use the term lightly). However, Wikipedia says: The film diverged greatly in terms of the themes and plot of the ...
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How True to Canon Was Denethor's Movie Characterization?

Holy cannoli, did John Noble play Denethor as a complete and utter fool in The Lord of the Rings movies. Indulge me a brief recap. Denethor was openly abusive to Faramir and favored Boromir. His ...
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What plot points are missing in the Harry Potter movies that are in the novels?

I know that the movies were written to be a stand alone universe on their own, but what key elements were missing in the movies that were vital in the books that viewers are missing out on?
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Is the movie rendition of the Golden Compass significantly different from the book?

I've seen some reviews which claim that all religious related subtext was subdued or removed from the movie. Did this result in a movie which is significantly different from the book?