History ExecutiveMeddling / Literature

20th Feb '17 1:08:24 AM jormis29
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** ''Spellfire'' became infamous for editor-carnage, leaving many plot threads ripped apart and dangling and characters looking like idiots or jerkasses.

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** ''Spellfire'' ''TabletopGame/{{Spellfire}}'' became infamous for editor-carnage, leaving many plot threads ripped apart and dangling and characters looking like idiots or jerkasses.



** In an odd case, [=TSR=] told R.A. Salvatore to bring back Wulfgar or they would do have someone else do it for them. What makes it odd is that Drizzt was clearly the [[EnsembleDarkHorse breakout hit character]], with Wulfgar as a mostly unneeded sidekick. Salvatore did the best he could, though, and in the end got some good stories out of it and wrote the character out again (this time much as he had written out the barbarian tribes the character belonged to shortly after the character's "death").

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** In an odd case, [=TSR=] Creator/{{TSR}} told R.A. Salvatore to bring back Wulfgar or they would do have someone else do it for them. What makes it odd is that Drizzt was clearly the [[EnsembleDarkHorse breakout hit character]], with Wulfgar as a mostly unneeded sidekick. Salvatore did the best he could, though, and in the end got some good stories out of it and wrote the character out again (this time much as he had written out the barbarian tribes the character belonged to shortly after the character's "death").
13th Dec '16 2:09:26 PM Xtifr
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* Executive meddling helped authors Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle for the better. The two had presented their publisher with an alien invasion novel in which the invaders strike Earth with an asteroid in order to soften up humanity. The publisher insisted that the asteroid impact would make a great story all on its own and that while alien invasions were a dime-a-dozen, he'd pay big bucks for the asteroid story. So they went back home, removed the alien invasion, and came back later with the novel ''Literature/LucifersHammer''. They eventually published the alien invasion story as ''Literature/{{Footfall}}''.

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* Executive meddling helped authors Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle Creator/JerryPournelle for the better. The two had presented their publisher with an alien invasion novel in which the invaders strike Earth with an asteroid in order to soften up humanity. The publisher insisted that the asteroid impact would make a great story all on its own and that while alien invasions were a dime-a-dozen, he'd pay big bucks for the asteroid story. So they went back home, removed the alien invasion, and came back later with the novel ''Literature/LucifersHammer''. They eventually published the alien invasion story as ''Literature/{{Footfall}}''.
27th Nov '16 6:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* James Gurney's third ''{{Dinotopia}}'' book, 'First Flight', is different from the others because the publishers wanted it targeted toward younger children than the other books. It didn't go over well with the fans and had some plot problems.

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* James Gurney's third ''{{Dinotopia}}'' ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}'' book, 'First Flight', is different from the others because the publishers wanted it targeted toward younger children than the other books. It didn't go over well with the fans and had some plot problems.
25th Oct '16 4:01:38 PM nombretomado
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** One that did work out was that Lucasfilm shot down Timothy Zahn's original name for the Noghri which was Sith, to explain why Darth Vader was known as the Lord of the Sith. The reason, of course, was that Zahn didn't realize that GeorgeLucas already had something very different in mind for the meaning of that title.
** In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel series, Anakin Solo was killed halfway through at the insistence of GeorgeLucas. Lucas had decided that since there were prequel-era novels starring Anakin Skywalker being published at the same time, and Anakin Solo was set to be the main hero of the second half of the ''[=NJO=]'' story, readers would be confused by both eras having a main character with the same first name.

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** One that did work out was that Lucasfilm shot down Timothy Zahn's original name for the Noghri which was Sith, to explain why Darth Vader was known as the Lord of the Sith. The reason, of course, was that Zahn didn't realize that GeorgeLucas Creator/GeorgeLucas already had something very different in mind for the meaning of that title.
** In the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novel series, Anakin Solo was killed halfway through at the insistence of GeorgeLucas.Creator/GeorgeLucas. Lucas had decided that since there were prequel-era novels starring Anakin Skywalker being published at the same time, and Anakin Solo was set to be the main hero of the second half of the ''[=NJO=]'' story, readers would be confused by both eras having a main character with the same first name.
20th Sep '16 11:42:56 PM PaulA
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* Alfred Knopf kept trying to change RaymondChandler's titles, "Farewell My Lovely" in particular.

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* Alfred Knopf kept trying to change RaymondChandler's Creator/RaymondChandler's titles, "Farewell My Lovely" ''Literature/FarewellMyLovely'' in particular. particular.
21st Aug '16 5:41:41 AM SunriseWarrior
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* The final book in the third ''Literature/WarriorCats'' ** series had its name changed from ''Cruel Season'' to ''Sunrise'' because [=HarperCollins=] felt the original title was too sad and not appropriate for the younger readers. Not only does this cause a lot of confusion with the final book of the ''second'' series (''Sunset''), but changing the title still doesn't change the fact that the book ''is'' sad. Not to mention how earlier books have dark names like ''A Dangerous Path'', ''The Darkest Hour'', and ''Long Shadows.'' To make things even more mindboggling, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the authors were allowed to use the phrase "cruel season" in the blurb of the very next book]].

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* The final book in the third ''Literature/WarriorCats'' ** series had its name changed from ''Cruel Season'' to ''Sunrise'' because [=HarperCollins=] felt the original title was too sad and not appropriate for the younger readers. Not only does this cause a lot of confusion with the final book of the ''second'' series (''Sunset''), but changing the title still doesn't change the fact that the book ''is'' sad. Not to mention how earlier books have dark names like ''A Dangerous Path'', ''The Darkest Hour'', and ''Long Shadows.'' To make things even more mindboggling, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar the authors were allowed to use the phrase "cruel season" in the blurb of the very next book]].
27th Jun '16 9:23:33 AM DrImpossible
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** Hammett put that phrase in on purpose, guessing - correctly - that the censors would zero in on it and overlook "gunsel", which at the time was ''not'' a synonym for "gunman".

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** Hammett put that phrase in on purpose, guessing - correctly - that the censors would zero in on it and overlook "gunsel", which at the time was ''not'' means a synonym for "gunman".gay man.
19th Jun '16 2:32:06 PM nombretomado
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-->"So," Zahn said, with absolutely the driest expression and tone of voice you ever saw, "I pointed out that way back in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', Artoo flew the X-wing to Coruscant on his own. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.' Okay, in [[TheEmpireStrikesBack ESB]], ''one of your own movies'', Luke's X-wing was inside the Hoth base, but Luke meets it outside. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.' Then later in the movie, Luke tells Artoo, "No thanks, I'll keep it on manual for a while." Manual indicates that there must be an automatic. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.'"\\

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-->"So," Zahn said, with absolutely the driest expression and tone of voice you ever saw, "I pointed out that way back in ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'', ''Literature/HeirToTheEmpire'', Artoo flew the X-wing to Coruscant on his own. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.' Okay, in [[TheEmpireStrikesBack ESB]], ''one of your own movies'', Luke's X-wing was inside the Hoth base, but Luke meets it outside. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.' Then later in the movie, Luke tells Artoo, "No thanks, I'll keep it on manual for a while." Manual indicates that there must be an automatic. 'But Artoo can't fly the X-wing.'"\\
11th Jun '16 4:03:07 PM nombretomado
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* [[SwordOfTruth Terry Goodkind]]'s book ''Wizard's First Rule'' had at least one instance of the use of the titular rule scratched out by the editor. Maybe it was for the better, since we all know [[AuthorFilibuster where it went from there]]...

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* [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Terry Goodkind]]'s book ''Wizard's First Rule'' had at least one instance of the use of the titular rule scratched out by the editor. Maybe it was for the better, since we all know [[AuthorFilibuster where it went from there]]...
10th Jun '16 1:21:09 PM Doug86
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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was actually the result of ExecutiveMeddling. After the success of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Tolkien was asked to write a sequel. His first choice was the tales of the Elder Days he had been working on in various states of development since WorldWarI, and would eventually become ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. His publisher, however, insisted that the new story have more about hobbits. The end result was reediting ''The Hobbit'' to fit it into Middle-earth and connect it to the larger Legendarium, and the writing of the [[TropeMaker defining work of modern]] EpicFantasy.

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* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' was actually the result of ExecutiveMeddling. After the success of ''Literature/TheHobbit'', Tolkien was asked to write a sequel. His first choice was the tales of the Elder Days he had been working on in various states of development since WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, and would eventually become ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''. His publisher, however, insisted that the new story have more about hobbits. The end result was reediting ''The Hobbit'' to fit it into Middle-earth and connect it to the larger Legendarium, and the writing of the [[TropeMaker defining work of modern]] EpicFantasy.
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