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 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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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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Does Sauron have any dialogue in any of the books?

In The Lord of the Rings film adaptions, you can hear Sauron's voice at some points but it's often hard to hear it very well. You can also hear him quite clearly in The Lego Batman Movie, although I ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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The Princess Bride - book vs film differences?

The Princess Bride can refer to: a novel by William Goldman; the 1987 film adaptation of this novel. I've seen the film but not read the novel (shame on me), so I'm curious as to what differences ...
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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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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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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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Which Dracula movie is most faithful to the original Bram Stoker book? [closed]

There are many movies based on Bram Stoker's "Dracula" book. Which one(s) can be considered to be the most faithful adaptation ? Ideally something clearly recognisable as being "the film of the book"...
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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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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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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 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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Was there any mention of Theon being disfigured this way in the books?

In Season 3 of the Game of Thrones TV series, Was this ever explicitly mentioned in the books? I only recall Theon losing a few fingers and teeth in addition to having parts of his skin flayed.
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Spider-man and the wrestling ring

In both 2002's Spider-man and 2012's The Amazing Spider-man Peter Parker somehow ends up in a wrestling ring. Is this based on a storyline in any of the Spider-man comics?
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How does the new edition of the Fantastic Beasts book differ from the old one?

In 2016, the publisher Scholastic has pulled the English versions of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (by Newt Scamander) from the stores, and promised to publish a new version in 2017....
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Why does Bilbo try to hide his job when presenting the contract as evidence of his identity?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we see the contract for employment of Bilbo Baggins as a Burglar with the company of Thorin Oakenshield. At the end of the contract, the area designated for ...
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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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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 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 Lucius Malfoy have a wand inside his cane in the books?

In the Harry Potter films, Lucius Malfoy bears his wand inside his walking stick: Does he also do this in the books? Is there any description of him doing so, or of either his wand or his stick, in ...
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Why don't the Targaryens have purple eyes?

I recently saw this answer which states the Targaryens in the show don't have purple eyes but they do in the books. I knew this to be the case but a quick search also proved it. "She has had her ...
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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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What's with the Nigel character?

In the book Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets we are first introduced to Colin Creevey, an excitable, faintly annoying fan of Harry Potter: 'All right, Harry? I'm - I'm Colin Creevey,' he ...
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Why does Frodo appear in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit?

Why do Frodo and other characters that don't appear in The Hobbit appear in the cast of Peter Jackson's film? Frodo turns 33 when Bilbo turns 111, so Frodo was born the day Bilbo turned 78. In FOTR, ...
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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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Which adaptations include Tom Bombadil?

When it comes to adapting The Lord of The Rings, Tom Bombadil has a habit of not making the cut. Are there any adaptations that do feature him? Which adaptations of The Lord of The Rings include Tom ...
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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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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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How faithful is the film "The Martian" to the book?

How faithful is the film "The Martian" to the book? Were there modifications for length or videographic reasons, or any more significant plot detail changes?
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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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What questions does "2001: A Space Odyssey" the book answer?

I love the film but still haven't read the book. They say it answers all the questions we ask while watching the film (and can't be answered without reading the book).
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Why did Peter Jackson increase the number of kills by Legolas and Gimli by one?

According to this answer : Recall Gimli's and and Legolas's contest at Helm's Deep which Gimli won 42-41 (or 43-42 in the movie). We all know that the books and movie differ in many places, but ...
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Why doesn't movie Thor consistently wear his battle helmet like comic book Thor did?

Thor's winged helmet is as much of the comic book version's gear as his mighty hammer is. What is the movie canon reason as to why the movie Thor forgoes wearing his trademark hat in battle?
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Does Randyll Tarly hate the wildlings in the books?

In Game of Thrones S06 E06 Blood of My Blood, Randyll Tarly is extremely vocal in his hatred of wildlings. Do the books ever show or describe him as having such feelings towards them? I ask because I ...
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Where in Middle Earth could mithril be found?

There is a Minecraft mod that adds Middle Earth during the time of Lord of the Rings. The modder usually tries to make it according to the books instead of making things up. Awhile ago they had a ...
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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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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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Were the Hobbit-Five armies rock-eating-worms a Jackson invention or do they have a precedent in middle earth Lore?

In the Jackson movie "Hobbit - The Five Armies" there appears to be a race of rock-eating worms (similar to Tremors) that assist the Orc army. Now I'm aware Jackson is contractually barred from ...
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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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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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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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What was the tragic event that caused Jessica Jones to give up being a superhero?

This could apply to the comics and/or the TV show, but I believed in the show Jessica gave up being a super hero after killing Reva - is this the same in the comics?
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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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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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