Questions tagged [adaptation-comparison]

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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What plot differences are there between the Game of Thrones TV series and the books? [closed]

It has been a while since I've read the books and I recall the show being fairly accurate. What plot differences are there between them? Are any substantial, or are they all particularly minor?
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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 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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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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What is required to wield an infinity gem?

In the Guardians of the Galaxy movie it is stressed that a mortal human cannot wield the Infinity Stones. In the comics, however, several humans appear to have wielded one or more Infinity Gems ...
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Is the origin of the Night King in Game of Thrones consistent with the books?

PLEASE NOTE: This question is not a dupe, because it takes into account more information from the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones season 6, episode 5 ("The Door") revealed to us ...
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Why did Harry not repair his wand in the movie?

At the end of the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry uses the Elder Wand to repair his own broken wand. ‘I know it’s powerful,’ said Harry wearily. ‘But I was happier with ...
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Why is the destination of the Discovery in 2001: A Space Odyssey Saturn in the book and Jupiter in the movie?

So, in the book in 2001, it says the monolith is around Saturn, and in the movie, it says it's around Jupiter. Also, in 2010, they both agree that it's around Jupiter. Why is that?
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How does the Girl-Genius web-comic relate to the Agatha H. books?

After spending some time reading Girl-Genius web-comic I was convinced to buy the book. I've ordered what I think is the first book in my local bookstore (yay local) and it seems to relate to the ...
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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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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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How true to the comics are Matt Murdock's powers in the 2015 Daredevil TV show?

In the 2015 Netflix series Marvel's Daredevil, Matt Murdock was blinded in a car crash containing chemicals. This crash heightened his other senses to the degree that he is able to piece together a ...
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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 ...
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How many Hogwarts students changed year from book to film?

As requested by rand al'thor, a follow-up question to How many Hogwarts students changed House from book to film?: How many Hogwarts students changed year from book to film? In the book series, we ...
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How true to character is the movie portrayal of Nick Fury?

I greatly enjoyed watching The Avengers, even though I've never read any of the comics. However, Nick Fury to me didn't seem to be so much of a comic book character as he was just good ol' Samuel L. ...
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What are the significant discrepancies between the official novelization by Foster and the movie for The Force Awakens

Star Wars - Episode VII: The Force Awakens has received an official novelization from Alan Dean Foster. What significant differences to plot points, characters, etc, are there between the ...
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Do the Game of Thrones books and series match up now? (Aegon Targaryen)

I have not read the books, but I know that Since we know that won't he get the push to be the new King with Daenerys as his queen? Wouldn't that solve all the lineage issues, claims to the throne, ...
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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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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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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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Is there any official mention of the show changing the dates in the show to AL from AC?

While researching my answer to this question Do we know when Daenerys Targaryen was born? I came across a slight oddity in how the Game of Thrones wikia shows the dates. Dates for the show appears to ...
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Does VIKI appear in Asimov's writings?

VIKI appears in the film I, Robot. (warning, spoilers in the clip) Does this character appear in any original writings from Isaac Asimov or was she purely a ...
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Are the Infinity Stones in the comics and in the film in the same positions in the Infinity Gauntlet?

Is the placement order of the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Infinity War the same as in the comic books? E.g. the same stone in the center and at each knuckle?
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Why does Arya not mention Ilyn Payne in her list? [duplicate]

Ser Ilyn Payne is still alive and Arya stopped mentioning him in her death list; after all he was the one who beheaded Ned Stark in the first place. So why has he fallen off her list?
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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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Is the ending of Fassbinder's "Welt am Draht" (World on a Wire) similar to that of "Simulacron-3", on which it was based?

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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Did Peter Jackson ever explain why he left out the Scouring of the Shire?

In the book, while Frodo and the Fellowship were on their quest, the Shire was exploited and almost ruined by Saruman and his cronies. Jackson left this and the triumphant return of Frodo, Sam, and ...
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Why do the Rohirrim apparently find the H-word offensive?

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gimli and Éomer have the following dialogue: Gimli: Give me your name, Horse-master, and I shall give you mine. Éomer: I would cut off your head, dwarf, if ...
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Has JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies?

The Harry Potter books are pretty different than the movies. This can be seen in depth over here. My question however, is whether JK Rowling ever directly contradicted the movies with later books in ...
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Does this cut material from Rogue One still appear in the novelisation?

Before Rogue One underwent extensive reshoots, a lot of dialogue and footage was cut from the theatrical release. In the first teaser, leaked celebration trailer, celebration reel, the two official ...
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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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How is the movie adaptation of R.I.P.D. different from the comic?

How is the movie adaptation of R.I.P.D. different from the comic? There appears to be no wiki for the comic. But seeing as to how the movie is considered to be a flop, I'm curious to know how faithful ...
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Has Peter Jackson revealed why he changed the character of Aragorn?

Now that I have almost finished reading The Lord of the Rings, one of the differences between the books and movies puzzles me more than any other: In the books, Aragorn always intended, and expected, ...
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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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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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Why is Negasonic Teenage Warhead so different in the Deadpool film?

Negasonic Teenage Warhead appears in the films to have the powers of Cannonball from the X-Men comics. Why was the character changed so much? Normally Negasonic Teenage Warhead has telepathic/pre-...
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What are the main differences between the "I, Robot: movie and Asimov's "Little Lost Robot" story

From wikipedia I, Robot entry: The film I, Robot, starring Will Smith, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on July 16, 2004 in the United States. Its plot incorporates elements of "Little Lost ...
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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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Did the Harry Potter movies influence JKR's later HP books?

The Harry Potter books were published in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007. The Harry Potter movies were released 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011. As can be seen, the last 3 ...
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Are the swords shown in Game of Thrones faithful to those in A Song of Ice and Fire?

After answering this question: Is Needle’s portrayal in Game of Thrones faithful to the books? (And is it a shortsword?) I found out that the shows portrayal of Needle does not align with the books ...
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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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How many Hogwarts students changed House from book to film?

The only example I can think of is Padma Patil: Ravenclaw in the books, Gryffindor in the films. Were there any other Hogwarts students who were in one House in the books but in a different one in ...
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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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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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Did Tom Riddle and Voldemort have the same wand?

This question caused me to think of another question. The books/movies establish that Voldemort (as well as Harry) has a wand with the incredibly rare Phoenix feather as the core. Voldemort's wand ...
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Stardust book to film differences?

Stardust can refer to: a novel by Neil Gaiman; the 2007 film adaptation of this novel. Although the underlying storyline is the same in both the book and the film, there are numerous differences in ...
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Which names (besides for Voldemort) do the movies pronounce wrong?

JK Rowling has said the Voldemort is pronounced Voldemor (with a slient t). In the movies they always pronounce it Voldemort. Are there any other names which the movies pronounce incorrectly?
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Why did the show use a fancy looking Valyrian steel dagger?

This question points out that the dagger in the books was actually meant to be plain: The blade Joff chose was nice and plain. No goldwork, no jewels in the hilt, no silver inlay on the blade. King ...
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How accurate is the depiction of Colossus' personality in Deadpool compared to his comic version?

In the 2016 film Deadpool, Colossus is shown to be very careful and responsible, reminiscent of Captain America in the Avengers series. Is this depiction true to his comic book persona? If not, what ...
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What Asimov's stories are referenced in the movie "I, Robot"?

I, Robot, the 2004 movie, has several references to the original stories by Isaac Asimov. While none of them are complete or true to the story, they exist. Some examples include: Little Lost Robot - ...
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