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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Do fighters in the Game Of Thrones books not wear helmets?

I just watched Game of Thrones HBO Season 4, and after the trial by combat (where one duelist wears a helmet, and the outcome might've been different if they both had), I noticed that later combats ...
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In the Jacksonverse, how does Gandalf come to learn Sméagol's story?

In the Fellowship of the Ring movie, Gandalf has a brief conversation with Frodo where he sets up the Sméagol plot arc (emphasis mine): Frodo (disbelieving) He escaped the dungeons of Barad-dur? ...
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Are there any orc names mentioned in LOTR movie trilogy?

There are a lot of orcs that are mentioned by name in the Lord of the Rings books; Ugluk, Grishnakh, Mauhur, Gothmog, etc. But are there any mentions of their names in Peter Jackson's movie trilogy?
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If they exist, what are the character differences between the Movie and the Comic Avengers? [closed]

In the Avenger franchise, the characters seems to be closely modeled after their comic counterparts. The irritable, womanizing millionaire Stark brimming with self-confidence, the nerdy Banner and the ...
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Does the book version of *Divergent* do the main characters face off in a one-on-one contest without interference?

(I'm wording this to avoid giving movie spoilers, but I'm asking for an answer with a book spoiler of sorts, so reader beware.) In the book version of Divergent, do the main characters have a ...
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Is there an “I Am Legend” movie that actually preserves the original ending?

Is there any movie based on the "I Am Legend" novel by Richard Matheson that shares the same ending to the book? I only know two, but could be more: (1) Will Smith's "I Am Legend", (2) and Vincent ...
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What is Aragorn's age when Bilbo stops adventuring? [duplicate]

In the LOTR movies, Gandalf remarks that Bilbo's adventures ended 60 years before his eleventyfirst birthday. Aragorn tells Eowyn that he is 87, so would that place him at 27 during the events of The ...
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Is Gandalf's origin discussed in the books but just excluded from the movies?

Solely from reading questions and answers here, I've learned a lot about the lore of Middle Earth, mainly to do with Maia, Valinor, Aman, Eldar, etc... According to this answer, Gandalf is a 11,000+ ...
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Does anyone think the latest rumors of a Starship Troopers remake will be true to the novel [closed]

Anyone who is a true Robert Heinlein fan or even of just the Starship Troopers novel will agree with me that the Paul Verhoeven attempt was Horrible. While I do think Verhoeven managed to capture the ...
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What disaster befell the earth in “The City of Ember”?

Having only just watched the movie "City of Ember" and not having read the book, was there any mention of what disaster befell the earth that forced the creation of the City of Ember? The city ...
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Does Legolas perform such deft feats in the novel as he does in the movies?

In the movies, we see Legolas performing some skillful displays of balance. Here are just a few I remember at the moment: Walking on snow when the fellowship were travelling through Caradhras ...
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Why did the movie depart from the book when Harry broke the Elder Wand? [duplicate]

Looking for an out-of-universe answer. The Elder Wand is such a significant artifact, in that it is an extremely powerful object as well as being one of the Deathly Hallows, and so central to the ...
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Is the legend of the Ghost Rider in the film's opening based on comics?

At the opening intro to Ghost Rider film, they tell a legend of a Ghost Rider (presumably, Out West ~100 years ago) who had a powerful contract worth 1000 souls, and decided to not give it to the ...
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Was Aragorn perfect? [closed]

A charged levelled at Tolkien is that his characters are sometime a bit too perfect. Was Aragorn designed by Tolkien to be a perfect man? Did he ever make any mistakes? Was he even tempted by the ...
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What portions of the book are in each Hobbit movie?

My friend's review of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Well, considering that they took about 25 pages of the book and turned it into a 2 hour movie, not terrible. But it was like one ...
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Why didn't Severus save this character?

In the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 film adaptation we see Severus Snape crying over the dead body of Lily Potter. In this scene we can see that Harry is in the same room. In the ...
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Any basis for the Solanum virus in classic zombie movies?

Max Brooks's The Zombie Survival Guide (2003) says that zombies are caused by the Solanum virus. Did Max Brooks completely make that up, or did any of the classic zombie movies (such as the Romero ...
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Where will the break be in the Mockingjay films? (spoilers) [closed]

Is there any info on where in the Mockingjay book is going to correspond to the break between the two films? I always thought the book had far too much material crammed into too short a space, ...
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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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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 ...