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9th Mar '16 7:45:09 PM Karxrida
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* Nobel-prize winner Leon Ledermann, writing a book about the Higgs boson, wanted to call it "the goddamn particle" because of all the trouble it was causing within particle physics. His publisher, knowing what sort of controversy was more likely to stir up journalists' interest, insisted on kicking off trouble between science and theologians instead; hence, the Higgs is now popularly known as "the God particle". [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, publishers!]]
3rd Mar '16 1:02:23 PM YasminPerry
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* Nobel-prize winner Leon Ledermann, writing a book about the Higgs boson, wanted to call it "the goddamn particle" because of all the trouble it was causing within particle physics. His publisher, knowing what sort of controversy was more likely to stir up journalists' interest, insisted on kicking off trouble between science and theologians instead; hence, the Higgs is now popularly known as "the God particle". [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, publishers!]]
3rd Mar '16 1:01:26 PM YasminPerry
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Editors and publishers [[ExecutiveMeddling often think they can write]].
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30th Jan '16 10:37:12 PM Karxrida
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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' was supposed to end with Pinocchio getting killed off for being such a sociopa... er, "bad little boy". Carlo Collodi's editor forced it so that Pinocchio was saved from death, and 20 more chapters were written.
* One editor demanded of Daniel Keyes that his "Literature/FlowersForAlgernon" [[spoiler: have a happy ending.]] Every writer Keyes asked about it told him to refuse.
* ForgottenRealms is an extensive setting full of characterization and many-layered intrigues [[GambitPileup clashing with each other]]. So of course, it needed editors acting like hippos in a glass shop.

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* ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'' ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfPinocchio'': The book was was supposed to end with Pinocchio getting killed off for being such a sociopa... er, "bad little boy". Carlo Collodi's editor forced it so that Pinocchio was saved from death, and 20 more chapters were written.
* ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'': Spoofed InUniverse. Greg's comic strip ''Creighton the Cretin'' is edited so instead of the character eating his math test, ''Creighton the Curious Student'' is asking the teacher a math problem and saying to visit during office hours.
* "Literature/FlowersForAlgernon":
One editor demanded of Daniel Keyes that his "Literature/FlowersForAlgernon" [[spoiler: have the story [[spoiler:have a happy ending.]] Every writer Keyes asked about it told him to refuse.
* ForgottenRealms ''TableTopGame/ForgottenRealms'' is an extensive setting full of characterization and many-layered intrigues [[GambitPileup clashing with each other]]. So of course, it needed editors acting like hippos in a glass shop.
28th Jan '16 8:56:06 PM PaulA
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* John W Campbell Jr, editor of ''Astounding''/''Analog'' SF magazine, was famous for working with his authors, often demanding full rewrites that even the authors had to admit improved the stories.

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* John W Campbell Creator/JohnWCampbell Jr, editor of ''Astounding''/''Analog'' ''Astounding''/''Magazine/{{Analog}}'' SF magazine, was famous for working with his authors, often demanding full rewrites that even the authors had to admit improved the stories.



** Donaldson's original title for the first book was ''Foul's Ritual''. At the prompting of his editor Lester Del Rey, it was changed to the more striking ''Lord Foul's Bane''.

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** Donaldson's original title for the first book was ''Foul's Ritual''. At the prompting of his editor Lester Del Rey, Creator/LesterDelRey, it was changed to the more striking ''Lord Foul's Bane''. Bane''.
26th Jan '16 7:30:33 AM Khathi
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* Jules Verne initially planned for Captain Nemo of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' to be a Polish aristocrat who was fighting Russians after his family was killed by Russian soldiers during the ill-fated January Uprising. His editor, Pierre-Jules Hetzel feared that this might cause diplomatic problems because Russia was allied with France at the time. With the Franco-Prussian War looming on the horizon, Verne was persuaded to make Nemo a mysterious stranger fighting the British and later, in ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', he revealed him to be an Indian prince while retaining motivation (family lost during the brutal quelling of Indian Uprising). Of course, future readers have had no problem with this change, and as Britain and France were natural enemies at the time, Verne was not afraid of offending British readers.

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* Jules Creator/JulesVerne is often said to be actually created by his publisher and editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel. Verne struggled for so long to find someone willing to publish his work that he originally eagerly agreed to most of Hetzel's requests of which there were a lot, because while Verne was deeply convinced that HumansAreBastards and tended to write [[DarkerAndEdgier bleak, somber works,]] Hetzel was an equally firm believer in that RousseauWasRight and reedited them (or at least required Verne do do it by himself) to be LighterAndSofter. Just compare Verne's early novels, and his later output after Hetzel died and he got ProtectionFromEditors.
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Verne initially planned for Captain Nemo of ''Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea'' to be a Polish aristocrat who was fighting Russians after his family was killed by Russian soldiers during the ill-fated January Uprising. His editor, Pierre-Jules Hetzel feared that this might cause diplomatic problems because Russia was allied with France at the time. time, not to mention the potential loss of profits, as Verne was '''HUGE''' in Russia at the time.[[note]]In fact, he is ''still'' huge there.[[/note]] With the Franco-Prussian War looming on the horizon, Verne was persuaded to make Nemo a mysterious stranger fighting the British and later, in ''Literature/TheMysteriousIsland'', he revealed him to be an Indian prince while retaining motivation (family lost during the brutal quelling of Indian Uprising). Of course, future readers have had no problem with this change, and as Britain and France were natural enemies at the time, Verne was not afraid of offending British readers.
15th Jan '16 12:01:41 PM Anddrix
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** 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, [[ViewersAreMorons readers would be confused by both eras having a main character with the same first name]].

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** 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, [[ViewersAreMorons readers would be confused by both eras having a main character with the same first name]].name.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The first book, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', was retitled ''... and the Sorcerer's Stone'' in the United States. Executives argued that kids "[[ViewersAreMorons wouldn't want to read anything with 'philosopher' in the title]]". Some even argued that Americans wouldn't know what a philosopher was.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': The first book, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'', was retitled ''... and the Sorcerer's Stone'' in the United States. Executives argued that kids "[[ViewersAreMorons wouldn't "wouldn't want to read anything with 'philosopher' in the title]]".title". Some even argued that Americans wouldn't know what a philosopher was.
13th Jan '16 2:54:23 PM 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. 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]].
13th Oct '15 4:00:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* Editors were frequently trying to correct the language used by DashiellHammett and Black Mask were actually censoring perfectly innocuous phrases like "Gooseberry Lay," which meant something like stealing washing from washing lines.

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* Editors were frequently trying to correct the language used by DashiellHammett Creator/DashiellHammett and Black Mask were actually censoring perfectly innocuous phrases like "Gooseberry Lay," which meant something like stealing washing from washing lines.
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