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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Why did Super Friends change the Darkseid's "Boom Tube" to a "Stargage"?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does the Foundation show use elements from the prequel books?

I've read the Foundation trilogy and its two sequels, but none of the prequels. The new tv show has a lot of elements which weren't in the original Foundation novellas. Are these things taken from the ...
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In Mimic (about giant insects that evolved to resemble men) -- the story and/or the movie, any indications that the insects are intelligent?

I read the story long ago and my sense was, the insects had to be fairly intelligent to blend in and come to think of it, seemed to be able to, for example, implicitly open doors and other human ...
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Is the Higgs mechanism used in "Solaris" for the screen and how does Lem generate mass?

The movie Solaris pictures an intelligence in the vast dimensions of a star. Solaris has the capability of making people appear out of the void and feeds upon memories. George Clooney plays a guy who ...
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Why did Gandalf change from blue to grey?

Everyone is familiar with Gandalf being described as "Gandalf the Grey", or, later, "Gandalf the White", and he was shown in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies as ...
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Is Testaments material used a lot in Handmaid's Tale?

I recently read the Handmaid's Tale. I roughly had an idea about how much of the book is used in the series and where the series end in terms of books. This answer also helped me in my decision. So I ...
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How did Crabbe manage to use such a powerful spell?

In the movie adaptation of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, we see Crabbe manage to unleash the Fiendfyre, ultimately destroying the Room of Requirement in the process. At least in the ...
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Which version of The Return of the King contains this changed line?

In the Extended Version of The Return of the King, when Aragorn uses Andúril to parry an attack from the King of the Dead, the King of the Dead replies: That line was broken! However, for as long as ...
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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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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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How accurate to the original story is the Witcher Netflix series?

So, I personally have not read the books, or played the games. I was aware of the series and the setting, but that's about it. After watching the series through several times now however, there were ...
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Was there a version of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "The Greatest Gift" involving both of them drowning?

For those unfamiliar, It's a Wonderful Life was adapted from "The Greatest Gift", both involving a man named George, suicidally despondent and about to jump off of a bridge to cash in on his life ...
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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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Were Hecate and Miss Cackle's personalities based on the books?

In the most recent iteration of the TV show The Worst Witch, two of the teachers are Hecate Hardbroom and the headmistress, Miss Ada Cackle. I couldn't help but notice that their personalities seemed ...
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Has the filial relation between Nightcrawler and Mystique, from the comics, been explicitly excluded from the X-Men Cinematic Universe?

In the comics, Nightcrawler is Mystique's son. I could accept in X2 that it just never comes up, as I don't recall the two being on screen much together (if at all). But with X-Men: Apocalypse and ...
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Does Loras Tyrell have a birthmark in the books?

In s05e06 we see that Loras Tyrell apparently has a birthmark. CERSEI: This testimony is an insult to a great house. Why should The Faith or anyone else take the word of a squire over the heir to ...
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How many men has Cersei slept with?

Since I haven't read the books, I'd like to know exactly how unfaithful she's been over the course of the books and the TV series. From what I can recall off the top of my head from the TV series, ...
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Why was the "bread communication" in the arena of Catching Fire left out in the movie?

In the book, Katniss and her partners received several pieces of bread during the course of the game. The amount and type of bread serves as a countdown for a start of the rebellion. Bread seemed so ...
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Is Draco portrayed in the canon books as good-looking?

In fan-fiction, Draco-Harry and Draco-Hermione pairings are very common. Their popularity is evidenced by the fact that this very site has specific tags for them. This is often attributed to Draco ...
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How accurate is the depiction of Minas Ithil/Morgul in "Middle-earth: Shadow of War"?

In the 2017 video game Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Minas Ithil/Morgul is depicted as a walled citadel with a sprawling city at its foot. How accurate is this when compared with Tolkien's writings?
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Do the GoT books also contain nudity?

In the pilot episode of Game of Thrones, when I first saw a prostitute fully undressing in front of the Tyrion, I almost jumped because my mother had just walked past the TV. I proceeded to turn off ...
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Are there any significant omissions, deletions, or differences between Superman Returns and its novelization?

Is this book a strict novelization? Do it show any significant divergence from the final version of the film? Was it written based on the theatrical releases or earlier scripts?
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Are there any significant omissions, deletions, or differences between the Reeve-era Superman movies and the novelizations?

Are these books strict novelizations? Do they show any significant divergence from the final version of the films? Were they written based on the theatrical releases?
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Why is MCU Thanos inferior to his 616 counterpart? [closed]

In Thanos: Infinity Gauntlet, Thanos was extremely powerful with the Infinity Gauntlet, and would no way get severely injured by Thor's stormbreaker. With the IG, he knew what moves people would make ...
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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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Is there any reason for Peeta not losing his leg in the movies?

In the book, Peeta's leg is amputated and replaced by a prosthetic. In the movie, he doesn't lose his leg. In the book, Katniss also undergoes treatment for her deaf ear, which is repaired, but this ...
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Is the 2016 "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" TV series a direct adaptation from the books?

In the Wikipedia page for the 2010-12 TV series there is a section in which it's mentioned the TV series is not a direct adaptation from the books: The screenplay of the pilot by Howard Overman is ...
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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 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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Is The Phoenix part of Jean's mind or a separate entity?

In X-Men: The Last Stand, the Phoenix is shown as a part of Jean's subconscious that needed to be "walled off". Is this the case in the comics as well, or is the Phoenix a separate entity that takes ...
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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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Does Jaime Lannister have dyslexia in the books?

In Game of Thrones Tywin Lannister has the following conversation with Arya Stark. Though the point of the conversation is mainly to pry into Arya's secret identity the following sounds like Jaime ...
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Why does Easter appear so early in the TV series?

In American Gods (book), the character of Easter appears only a couple of times in the story: once when Wednesday is trying to recruit her, and then (if I recall correctly) later on to In American ...
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Why did the showrunners remove Jaehaerys II?

In the TV show, when Aemon reveal his true identity to Jon Snow, he tells him that he is the brother of Aegon, and uncle of the Mad King. However, in the books, ...
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Why do the Harry Potter films contain scenes which aren't in the books? [closed]

I have read the Harry Potter books, and am still reading. I have also watched the movies. Whereas the first film is rather close to the book, except for a few very minor scenes, the second is less ...
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Are there any Martells still alive?

According to the Game of Thrones Wikia page on House Martell there are no more people named Martell alive. The only descendants of the Prince of Dorne are 5 of his bastard daughters, who aren't named ...
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How different is the Shannara chronicles tv show from the book?

I have just finished watching Season 2 of The Shannara Chronicles. Does the story vary much between book and series? I understand plot lines will have been cut but is the overarching story the same?
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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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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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