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4th Jul '16 7:43:51 AM MCanter89
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->''"Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple. Superman."''

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->''"Doomed ->"''Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple. Superman."''''"



Contrast with PragmaticAdaptation: in a distillation, a complex story is simplified, without much substantive change. In a PragmaticAdaptation, the story is changed with the shift in medium. Also, contrast AdaptationExpansion, which tacks on more content but retains all of the original source material. When a story element is removed, but its ''effects'' aren't, that's AdaptationExplanationExtrication.

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Contrast with PragmaticAdaptation: in a distillation, a complex story is simplified, without much substantive change. In a PragmaticAdaptation, the story is changed with the shift in medium. Also, contrast AdaptationExpansion, which tacks on more content but retains all of the original source material. When a story element is removed, removed but its ''effects'' aren't, that's AdaptationExplanationExtrication.



* The film version of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' - not so much a compilation as a new adaptation of the original manga series - cuts out much of the unnecessary melodramatic elements of the original to focus on the core story-arc, while at the same time expanding on Tetsuro's quest to get revenge on Count Mecha.

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* The film version of Creator/LeijiMatsumoto's ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' - not so much a compilation as a new adaptation of the original manga series - cuts out much of the unnecessary melodramatic elements of the original to focus on the core story-arc, while at the same time expanding on Tetsuro's quest to get revenge on Count Mecha.



** While [[Anime/AstroBoy the first anime series]] generally had low production values (it was the first animated TV series produced in Japan, so it took them a while to get the hang of it) and the heavier themes of the manga were often toned down for mass consumption, a few of the stories adapted from the manga were much tighter than the originals. [[Anime/AstroBoy The 1980s anime]] had the same problems as the first, but added the character of Atlas (actually an amalgam of three different characters from the manga), a complex recurring villain who tied several episodes together into a single overriding story arc. Then came [[Anime/AstroBoy the 2003 series]] which, while still fairly episodic by modern anime standards, had a continuous storyline revolving around the struggles between humanity and robotkind tying together classic stories from the manga, greatly expanded the role of Astro's father, Dr. Tenma and featured animation quality similar to that used in Tezuka Productions' acclaimed theatrical release ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. In a non-animated example, the Sankei Newspaper comic strip version, originally a continuation of the story from the first anime, turned into a continuity reboot after Astro {{Time Travel}}led back to the (then) present, eventually died and then the time of his creation rolled around again. This version greatly expanded on Astro's backstory and his relationship with Dr. Tenma. And then there is the UltimateUniverse version created by Creator/NaokiUrasawa (of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' fame) for his futuristic suspense-thriller manga ''Manga/{{Pluto}}''. ''Then'' we have the 2009 animated movie by IMAGI but distributed for American audiences... definitely the farthest away from the original storyline, only keeping the key points from the OriginStory.

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** While [[Anime/AstroBoy the first anime series]] generally had low production values (it was the first animated TV series produced in Japan, so it took them a while to get the hang of it) and the heavier themes of the manga were often toned down for mass consumption, a few of the stories adapted from the manga were much tighter than the originals. [[Anime/AstroBoy The 1980s anime]] had the same problems as the first, but added the character of Atlas (actually an amalgam of three different characters from the manga), a complex recurring villain who tied several episodes together into a single overriding story arc. Then came [[Anime/AstroBoy the 2003 series]] which, while still fairly episodic by modern anime standards, had a continuous storyline revolving around the struggles between humanity and robotkind tying together classic stories from the manga, greatly expanded the role of Astro's father, Dr. Tenma and featured animation quality similar to that used in Tezuka Productions' acclaimed theatrical release ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''. In a non-animated example, the Sankei Newspaper comic strip version, originally a continuation of the story from the first anime, turned into a continuity reboot after Astro {{Time Travel}}led back to the (then) present, eventually died and then the time of his creation rolled around again. This version greatly expanded on Astro's backstory and his relationship with Dr. Tenma. And then there is the UltimateUniverse version created by Creator/NaokiUrasawa (of ''Manga/{{Monster}}'' fame) for his futuristic suspense-thriller manga ''Manga/{{Pluto}}''. ''Then'' we have the 2009 animated movie by IMAGI but distributed for American audiences... audiences… definitely the farthest away from the original storyline, only keeping the key points from the OriginStory.



* The live action films of ''Manga/DeathNote'' keeps many of the best parts of the original story while changing several things, including giving Soichiro Yagami more prominence and [[spoiler: letting him live in the end,]] giving a larger focus on the murder of Misa's family as a way of making her character seem less shallow, and most of all [[spoiler: cutting the Mello and Near arc entirely and having L win personally instead.]]

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* The live action films of ''Manga/DeathNote'' keeps many of the best parts of the original story while changing several things, including giving Soichiro Yagami more prominence and [[spoiler: letting [[spoiler:letting him live in the end,]] end]], giving a larger focus on the murder of Misa's family as a way of making her character seem less shallow, and most of all [[spoiler: cutting [[spoiler:cutting the Mello and Near arc entirely and having L win personally instead.]]



** During the Venus Arc (chapters 14-25), Akaya had the Twins capture Himegami and used her as leverage, to coerce the Tenbi students into a 4-on-4 battle against his students. The anime replaced it with a 2-part finale, in which, Haruko is abducted by Otohime Yamato and her twin brother, Gouken. Instead of fighting the Venus Unit, they rescue her and create a portal leading directly back to Tenbi, so she could save the school from [[spoiler: Takeru]], who'd [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight become possessed]] by his [[spoiler: Blood Pointer]] ability.

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** During the Venus Arc (chapters 14-25), 14–25), Akaya had the Twins capture Himegami and used her as leverage, to coerce the Tenbi students into a 4-on-4 battle against his students. The anime replaced it with a 2-part finale, in which, Haruko is abducted by Otohime Yamato and her twin brother, Gouken. Instead of fighting the Venus Unit, they rescue her and create a portal leading directly back to Tenbi, so she could save the school from [[spoiler: Takeru]], [[spoiler:Takeru]], who'd [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight become possessed]] by his [[spoiler: Blood [[spoiler:Blood Pointer]] ability.



* In ''VideoGame/BlastCorps'', the eponymous team must gather a team of six elite scientists in order to create a controlled detonation for the runaway nuclear missile carrier. In the comic book adaptation (printed in Volumes 97-99 of ''Magazine/NintendoPower''), they only needed one scientist.

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* In ''VideoGame/BlastCorps'', the eponymous team must gather a team of six elite scientists in order to create a controlled detonation for the runaway nuclear missile carrier. In the comic book adaptation (printed in Volumes 97-99 97 to 99 of ''Magazine/NintendoPower''), they only needed one scientist.



* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' was both this and a Pragmatic Adaptation of the ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', ''Funeral for a Friend'' and ''Reign of the Supermen'' storylines which, when combined, spanned over 60 issues of story. Granted, a lot of that was extraneous storyline for followers of the continuity, but they also managed to effectively compress two or three of the four fake Supermen into a single character [[spoiler: and used the audience familiar Luthor as its creator in place of multiple entities that would have had to be introduced]] and made the conflict about stopping him as opposed to an alien invasion. It still managed to hit the important points of those series.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday'' was both this and a Pragmatic Adaptation of the ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman'', ''Funeral for a Friend'' and ''Reign of the Supermen'' storylines which, when combined, spanned over 60 issues of story. Granted, a lot of that was extraneous storyline for followers of the continuity, but they also managed to effectively compress two or three of the four fake Supermen into a single character [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and used the audience familiar Luthor as its creator in place of multiple entities that would have had to be introduced]] and made the conflict about stopping him as opposed to an alien invasion. It still managed to hit the important points of those series.



* The animated adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'' extends a few chapters, compresses and outright removes a few, and focuses a little more on the relationship of Marjane and her grandmother near the end. [[TropesAreTools this is not a bad thing]] - it actually makes it a great companion piece to the book.

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* The animated adaptation of ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'' extends a few chapters, compresses and outright removes a few, and focuses a little more on the relationship of Marjane and her grandmother near the end. [[TropesAreTools this is not a bad thing]] - it actually makes it a great companion piece to the book.



* [[Film/HarryPotter The film versions]] of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' retain the dialogue almost word for word (though not all of it spoken by the same character or characters - Hermione stole quite a few of Ron's lines and at least one of Seamus's for example) and every important scene from the books is left in, with a few merged with other scenes or removed from the story.

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* [[Film/HarryPotter The film versions]] of ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' and ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' retain the dialogue almost word for word (though not all of it spoken by the same character or characters - Hermione stole quite a few of Ron's lines and at least one of Seamus's for example) and every important scene from the books is left in, with a few merged with other scenes or removed from the story.



** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is based off a storyline from Creator/EdBrubaker's run, but ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sports his ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' costume, while ComicBook/TheFalcon looks like his ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} incarnation. The storyline also has elements of [[spoiler: the "S.H.I.E.L.D. Gone Bad" storylines ''ComicBook/NickFury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'']].
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' incorporates Ultron and Vision's intro story (''Avengers'' #54-58), Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch leaving a terrorist organization to join the Avengers (''Avengers'' #16), the Sentient Armor story-line in which Iron Man created an AI suit that went insane and tried to kill him (''Iron Man'' vol.3 #26-30), Ultron using multiple bodies (''Comicbook/UltronUnlimited''), and the name of the CrisisCrossover ''Age of Ultron''.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' both take elements from the classic comics and the ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' series. The perfect example is the Rhino; He's a Russian gangster like his classic depiction, but pilots a MiniMecha / PoweredArmor like his Ultimate counterpart.

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is based off a storyline from Creator/EdBrubaker's run, but ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sports his ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' costume, while ComicBook/TheFalcon looks like his ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} incarnation. The storyline also has elements of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the "S.H.I.E.L.D. Gone Bad" storylines ''ComicBook/NickFury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'']].
** ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' incorporates Ultron and Vision's intro story (''Avengers'' #54-58), #54–58), Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch leaving a terrorist organization to join the Avengers (''Avengers'' #16), the Sentient Armor story-line in which Iron Man created an AI suit that went insane and tried to kill him (''Iron Man'' vol.3 #26-30), #26–30), Ultron using multiple bodies (''Comicbook/UltronUnlimited''), and the name of the CrisisCrossover ''Age of Ultron''.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' and ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2'' both take elements from the classic comics and the ''Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan'' series. The perfect example is the Rhino; He's a Russian gangster like his classic depiction, but pilots a MiniMecha / PoweredArmor MiniMecha[=/=]PoweredArmor like his Ultimate counterpart.



* ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence'': The original graphic novel featured [[spoiler: a finger in a jar on a boss' necklace, an overly-devoted wife who immediately had no problem with her husband's previous life, and a brother being kept alive while having parts of him cut off]]. Cronenberg's take on the story removed the more "comic-book-y" aspects of the graphic novel, while adding more depth to the characters, and [[spoiler: replacing the HappilyEverAfter ending with a more BittersweetEnding]].

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* ''Film/AHistoryOfViolence'': The original graphic novel featured [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a finger in a jar on a boss' necklace, an overly-devoted wife who immediately had no problem with her husband's previous life, and a brother being kept alive while having parts of him cut off]]. Cronenberg's take on the story removed the more "comic-book-y" aspects of the graphic novel, while adding more depth to the characters, and [[spoiler: replacing [[spoiler:replacing the HappilyEverAfter ending with a more BittersweetEnding]].



* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie took decades of {{Backstory}} culled from the show's various series and distilled it to fit with the OriginStory of the {{alternate|Continuity}} ''Enterprise'' crew.

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* The 2009 ''Film/StarTrek'' movie took decades of {{Backstory}} {{backstory}} culled from the show's various series and distilled it to fit with the OriginStory of the {{alternate|Continuity}} ''Enterprise'' crew.



** Some scenes in the book that were left out of the first movie appeared in later movies. The book opens with a scene of a family having a picnic on a beach. A child chases a tiny dinosaur into the forest and then gets attacked by a swarm of them. Another scene has the female character jumping from roof to roof being chased by velociraptors. Those scenes were shown in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. This tradition was continued in ''Film/JurassicPark3'' and ''Film/JurassicWorld'': scenes in Isla Nublar's aviary in the first book were loosely adapted into ''Jurassic Park 3'' while the color-changing camouflage abilities of the ''Carnotaurus'' in the second were given to ''Jurassic World'''s [[spoiler: ''Indominus rex'']].

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** Some scenes in the book that were left out of the first movie appeared in later movies. The book opens with a scene of a family having a picnic on a beach. A child chases a tiny dinosaur into the forest and then gets attacked by a swarm of them. Another scene has the female character jumping from roof to roof being chased by velociraptors. Those scenes were shown in ''Film/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''. This tradition was continued in ''Film/JurassicPark3'' and ''Film/JurassicWorld'': scenes in Isla Nublar's aviary in the first book were loosely adapted into ''Jurassic Park 3'' while the color-changing camouflage abilities of the ''Carnotaurus'' in the second were given to ''Jurassic World'''s [[spoiler: ''Indominus [[spoiler:''Indominus rex'']].
29th Jun '16 5:53:09 PM nombretomado
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* The XBox port of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' had a few levels cut short or removed, particularly the filler segments such as the outdoor area in the second level.

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* The XBox UsefulNotes/XBox port of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3'' had a few levels cut short or removed, particularly the filler segments such as the outdoor area in the second level.
29th Jun '16 12:21:37 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' crafted a story that used both characters from [[ComicBook/ThePunisher the mainstream books]] and ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' as it has Jigsaw as its BigBad (though [[spoiler: the Heavy, the main of the ''Max'' arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the ''MAX'' version of the character]]), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Jigsaw's uncle]]; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (ThoseTwoBadGuys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.

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* ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' crafted a story that used both characters from [[ComicBook/ThePunisher the mainstream books]] and ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' as it has Jigsaw as its BigBad (though [[spoiler: the Heavy, the main villain of the ''Max'' arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the ''MAX'' version of the character]]), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Jigsaw's uncle]]; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (ThoseTwoBadGuys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.
28th Jun '16 11:18:25 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' crafted a story that used both characters from the mainstream books and ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' as it has Jigsaw as its BigBad (though [[spoiler: the Heavy, the main of the ''Max'' arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the ''MAX'' version of the character]]), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Jigsaw's uncle]]; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (ThoseTwoBadGuys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.

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* ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' crafted a story that used both characters from [[ComicBook/ThePunisher the mainstream books books]] and ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' as it has Jigsaw as its BigBad (though [[spoiler: the Heavy, the main of the ''Max'' arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the ''MAX'' version of the character]]), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Jigsaw's uncle]]; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (ThoseTwoBadGuys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.
28th Jun '16 6:47:07 PM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Film/PunisherWarZone'' crafted a story that used both characters from the mainstream books and ''ComicBook/ThePunisherMAX'' as it has Jigsaw as its BigBad (though [[spoiler: the Heavy, the main of the ''Max'' arc, "Girls in White Dresses", which was released a few months before the movie, was revealed to be the ''MAX'' version of the character]]), yet the movie shows him interacting with Gaitano Cesare (Jennifer Cesare's grandfather) as the movie makes Cesare [[RelatedInTheAdaptation Jigsaw's uncle]]; he's shipping in something for the Bulats; and Pittsy and Ink, (ThoseTwoBadGuys for Nicolas Cavella) and Maginty are shown working for Jigsaw. Likewise the movie also shows Martin Soap working with Paul Budiansky.
18th Jun '16 5:57:22 PM jckgat
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* Film/TheHuntForRedOctober is reduced quite a lot from the book to movie. An entire separate plot about another missing Soviet sub sent to find the Red October is completely excised, the Americans learn much easier that she is defecting, there is no standoff escalation with the Soviet fleet, and the final movie sequence added the Konovalov to the defection of the Red October crew, which was a set of events 50 pages apart in the book. The participation of the British is also entirely removed.
12th Jun '16 10:31:53 AM Kakai
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* ''Film/WarCraft2016'', while following mostly the plot of [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} the first game]], gives orcs heroic qualities that only appeared in the second game. They also name the entire world Azeroth and the human kingdom Stormwind, which comes from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' - in the original game, human kingdom was Azeroth and Stormwind was the capital.
10th Jun '16 11:30:54 AM Doug86
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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is based off a storyline from Creator/EdBrubaker's run, but ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sports his ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' costume, while ComicBook/TheFalcon looks like his {{Ultimate|Marvel}} incarnation. The storyline also has elements of [[spoiler: the "S.H.I.E.L.D. Gone Bad" storylines ''ComicBook/NickFury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'']].

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** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' is based off a storyline from Creator/EdBrubaker's run, but ComicBook/CaptainAmerica sports his ''ComicBook/SecretAvengers'' costume, while ComicBook/TheFalcon looks like his {{Ultimate|Marvel}} ComicBook/{{Ultimate|Marvel}} incarnation. The storyline also has elements of [[spoiler: the "S.H.I.E.L.D. Gone Bad" storylines ''ComicBook/NickFury vs. S.H.I.E.L.D.'' and ''ComicBook/SecretWarriors'']].
10th Jun '16 11:30:11 AM Doug86
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* The entire ''UltimateMarvel'' line of comics did this for a while, but gradually started doing its own thing.

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* The entire ''UltimateMarvel'' ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' line of comics did this for a while, but gradually started doing its own thing.
9th Jun '16 12:28:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* The 1981 television adaptation of ''TheDayOfTheTriffids'' crammed a whole novel into six 50-minute episodes by the simple expedient of cutting all the {{Padding}}, and was frankly the better for it.

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* The 1981 television adaptation of ''TheDayOfTheTriffids'' ''Literature/TheDayOfTheTriffids'' crammed a whole novel into six 50-minute episodes by the simple expedient of cutting all the {{Padding}}, and was frankly the better for it.
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