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For comparing the adaptations of a particular work to each other, or comparing a work's adaptations to the source work. Always use in conjunction with the relevant work tag/s.

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Why was the end of Watchmen changed in the movie version?

Given how the movie was hyped as being a faithful rendition (and, for the most part, it was), what was the reasoning behind making such a radical change to the ending? I've seen statements from Zack ...
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Which Marvel Comics eras and story arcs does the '90s X-Men cartoon reflect?

I grew up watching the 90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series, and I'd like to get into reading the comics. I'm faced with a massive backlog of comics if I want to catch up. I figured where the ...
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Is the Iron Throne in the show faithful to the books?

Inspired by "Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books?" and more recently "Are the swords shown in Game of Thrones faithful to those in A Song of Ice and Fire?" comes the ...
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Why is Tom Bombadil not included in the films?

Is there any reason, that we know of, that Tom Bombadil was left out of the films by Peter Jackson?
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Is the scale of Middle-earth in the Return of the King film different from the books?

I have been re-watching them recently and I have been bugged at how small the distances seem. Osgiliath is clearly visible from Minas Tirith. I realize that they are close compared to some of the ...
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Are the knife/sword fights too fast in Dune (2021)?

"The slow knife penetrates the shield", we are told in both the Dune novel and its 2021 adaptation. Personal shields are meant to stop (or at least, severely slow down) fast-moving objects, ...
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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 the ...
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Does the "fury of the Time Lord" scene occur in the original Human Nature?

The two-part TV episode Human Nature/The Family of Blood was originally a Virgin New Adventures book, also called Human Nature. The TV story ends with this brutal scene (taken from a transcript): ...
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Why did Super Friends change the Darkseid's "Boom Tube" to a "Stargate"?

As a kid, I started reading the original New Gods comics around the same time Darkseid first appeared on the Super Friends television cartoons. One of the peculiar differences I noticed between the ...
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Why is Iron Man's origin in the film different than the comics?

I wonder how much Marvel tries to keep story-lines similar between the movies and the comic books. Lots of things are very different. How come Iron Man's story is different from the comics, like ...
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What's the deal with Tek Knight's adaptation from "The Boys" comic book series into "Gen V"?

In the original comics of The Boys, Tek Knight is clearly a parody of Iron Man. Like Iron Man, Tek Knight wears a high-tech armor suit that gives him enhanced abilities and weapons. Tek Knight is also ...
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Is the “probability storm” concept that split Scott and Hope into multiple versions adapted from the comics?

Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne face a strange phenomenon in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: a “probability storm” that splits them into multiple versions (“possibilities”) of themselves based on “...
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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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What are the differences between the original movie Ghost in the Shell and the 2.0 remastered version

The original Ghost in the Shell movie was released in 1995. In 2008, a remastered version called Ghost in the Shell 2.0 was released. Are there major differences between these two versions and what ...
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Why do all Conan the Barbarian movies and TV adaptations stray so much from any of the original stories?

According to Wikipedia, three Conan movies have been made in the past: Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984) and Conan the Barbarian (2011). On TV, there was the animated series (and ...
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Why is Frodo so strongly drawn to Minas Morgul?

At around 56 minutes into the Extended Edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Frodo is heavily drawn to Minas Morgul, the lair of the Witch-king of Angmar, only narrowly being ...
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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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Do the Grievers in the movie match the description of them in the book?

I have not read any of the Maze Runner books and I really liked the Grievers in the first film. But do the Grievers in the film match the description of them from the books?
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What are the differences between the book and TV Series for Drummer's Storyline?

It's been a while since I read the books but I feel that The Expanse TV Series has drastically changed in regards to Drummer's storyline. From what I remember in the 5th book of The Expanse series (...
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In The Expanse, which books follow the end of the TV show?

There are 6 seasons and 9 books -- does each book roughly equal to 1 season? Does this mean you can basically jump into book 7 if you have watched the show, but haven't read the books? Does the story ...
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Are The Collector and The Grandmaster related in the MCU?

I have heard in the Marvel Comics that The Collector and The Grandmaster are brothers. I have not read these comics so I do not know the exact sources of the information, but I wonder if this ...
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Why do they leave a cookbook on Earth in "To Serve Man"?

This makes no sense except as some dark joke played on linguists. Did the story itself have an explanation, or was the story actually different, like humans steal the book or otherwise find it by ...
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Why did they change the London street from Deathly Hallows book to film?

In the book HP and the Deathly Hallows, Harry, Ron, and Hermione Apparate away from Bill and Fleur's wedding to Tottenham Court Road in London, where they go to a cafe and end up duelling with a pair ...
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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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Why was the companion sword to He-Man's Power Sword dropped for the animated series?

The toy figures of He-Man and Skeletor both had a sword, that could be joined together to form a complete sword. These played an important role in the accompanying mini-comic. In the mini-comics as ...
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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 was ...
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Which GoT characters do not appear in ASoIaF?

I started out watching the Game of Thrones series (just about to watch season 4), then became intrigued enough to also read the A Song of Ice and Fire series (soon to acquire book 5). Obviously a TV ...
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What is the meaning of Mr. Deltoid with Alex in Alex's home

Re-watching this scene after many, many years. Had not remembered (or maybe never saw this version?) where Alex, in his underwear, is laying next to Deltoid on the bed. This is a very disturbing scene ...
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Why can't Beetlejuice say his own name?

Basically what it says in the title: Why can't Beetlejuice say his own name? The reason I ask is because it seems to be a running theme throughout the franchise---- from the original 1988 film, to the ...
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How did Count Olaf know?

In season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it's revealed that Count Olaf apparently knew, ! In a world where such information is often difficult* to know, how did Count Olaf know? Guesses: I ...
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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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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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Differences between BBC TV serial and novel of Neverwhere

The novel Neverwhere had a slightly unusual genesis, as the TV series came first in 1996, with the book following in 1997. Inevitably in the process of filming various compromises had to be made so ...
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What is the first work to base Hogwarts uniforms on modern school uniforms?

The text of the first Harry Potter book describe the school uniform as a black robe with a black cloak, a hat, and dragon hide gloves when hand protection is needed, and I think that's pretty cool. ...
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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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Is Brutus's fate ever covered in film canon?

In the book Catching Fire, during the frantic last half hour or so of the Quarter Quell, Katniss hears two cannons, and knows that two of Chaff, Brutus, and Johanna are dead. When the hovercrafts have ...
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What is the difference between Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man movies

I would like a bit of history here, meaning I would like to know the difference in terms of creator, producers (or publishers of the comic if needed to explain the differences) and some explanation ...
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What is the significance of Aragorn's forehead gestures?

In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Aragorn notably makes a gesture where he places his hand on his forehead when he appears to be emotionally overwhelmed. He does ...
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Is there a listing of all the changes to A Canticle for Leibowitz between the magazine and novel versions?

The original magazine novelettes that became A Canticle for Leibowitz were apparently heavily reworked for the final novel publication, after Miller's conception of the work as a whole changed. Only ...
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Are there any differences in deaths between the comic series (The Infinity Gauntlet) and the film (Avengers: Infinity War)

Both in the comic book series The Infinity Gauntlet and its film adaptation Avengers: Infinity Wars does Thanos Are there any differences in deaths between the two events? I'm primarily interested ...
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Was the Sphere Hunt scene scene in the original publication of The White Mountains?

There is a passage that seems to be present in some copies (or adaptations) of John Christopher's The White Mountains, the first book in the 1967–1968 Tripods trilogy, but which may not have been in ...
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Why does Moiraine act this way around the whitecloaks?

From watching the Wheel of Time TV show, I got a pretty confused interpretation of who and what the children of the light/whitecloaks are and what they do (as you can see in this question). There's a ...
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Were Vi and Jinx hinted to be siblings in the games?

Obviously, in the series Arcane, Vi and Jinx are shown as siblings from the beginning, back when the latter still went by Powder. The games, however, appear to be in a different continuity, and a ...
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Has Jinx committed similar crimes in the games?

Based on the sources that I have read, in the games Jinx is known for a variety of, if not harmless crimes, at least largely non-lethal ones. For instance, according to the wiki, her misdeeds include: ...
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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 and ...
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Does the “Planet of the Apes” book end like the movie series?

I've watched the Planet Of The Apes movies before, the 1960s-1970s ones. And I thought the series ending wasn't very good. I'm thinking about reading the book, but if it ends in the same terrible way, ...
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Why was 'She' set in the far north when the novel was in Africa?

H. Rider Haggard's She ["... who must be obeyed"], the novel, was set in the heart of Africa, but the 1930s film moved the setting to the Arctic. What purpose did that serve? What's wrong with Africa? ...
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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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Which scenes in The Burrow are exclusive to the Half-Blood Prince film?

The Half-Blood Prince film mostly takes place in Hogwarts, but it has many scenes in and around The Burrow that I don't recall happening in the book. Which of these are exclusive to the film? I'm ...
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What was the first official film adaptation made of J.R.R. Tolkien's work?

Peter Jackson has made six large budget films adapting The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and before that there were the animated Rankin Bass and Ralph Bakshi films. However those films began in ...

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