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28th Jun '17 4:51:37 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Fanfic/{{Cupcakes}}'' is a particularly infamous ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic that has inspired hundreds of fanworks. The problem is, most seem to be based less on the actual fic and more off of other fanworks. In the original fanfic, the creepiness comes from Pinkie being her normal, fluffy maned self. ''Blog/AskPinkaminaDianePie'' helped cement the image of ''Cupcakes''' Pinkie being a monotone, straight haired mane named "Pinkamena". It also spurred a lot of works to have Scootaloo as Pinkie's assistant, despite the fanfic having [[spoiler:Apple Bloom]] in that role instead.
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23rd Jun '17 4:07:37 AM jormis29
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** Most portrayals of John Watson are based on Nigel Bruce's bumbling Watson from the Basil Rathbone films rather than Doyle's more competent character. Notably averted by Jude Law in the [[Film/SherlockHolmes 2009 movie]], Creator/MartinFreeman in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and Creator/LucyLiu in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Each of those Watsons provides the common sense to complement Holmes' genius. And while it was television rather than movies, give [[Series/SherlockHolmes Edward Hardwicke and David Burke]] some love too.

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** Most portrayals of John Watson are based on Nigel Bruce's bumbling Watson from the Basil Rathbone Creator/BasilRathbone films rather than Doyle's more competent character. Notably averted by Jude Law in the [[Film/SherlockHolmes 2009 movie]], Creator/MartinFreeman in ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' and Creator/LucyLiu in ''Series/{{Elementary}}''. Each of those Watsons provides the common sense to complement Holmes' genius. And while it was television rather than movies, give [[Series/SherlockHolmes Edward Hardwicke and David Burke]] some love too.
14th May '17 3:11:47 PM Naram-Sin
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A common cause of the UnbuiltTrope. Compare RetCanon, SeinfeldIsUnfunny, AudienceColoringAdaptation. Since the first imitators change things from the original work, this is strongly related to SadlyMythtaken.

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A common cause of the UnbuiltTrope. Compare RetCanon, SeinfeldIsUnfunny, AudienceColoringAdaptation. Since the first imitators change things from the original work, this is strongly related to SadlyMythtaken.
SadlyMythtaken and BeamMeUpScotty.
8th May '17 10:51:47 PM Madd
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* ''Literature/TheBourneIdentity'' is about an amnesiac American [[spoiler: Vietnam Special Operative]]. The Matt Damon movie got the characterization wrong once you get past the word American.
28th Apr '17 4:59:50 AM Kyrillion
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* In the UK, the above cultural understanding of fairy tales and folk tales via the Disney version is supplemented by another medium in which they have also been popularly canonised - Pantomime. These are by no means more 'faithful' to any kind of original than the movies (and are themselves subject to including Disney-originated elements. At least in small-scale productions, theatres can get away with ripping off plenty of copywrited material without anyone suing). Ask most British people whose Aladdin's mother is or who Cinderella's UnluckyChildhoodFriend is and they'll know the answers immediately (Widow Twanky and Buttons respectively) despite these points having no place in the original tales.
23rd Apr '17 2:04:51 PM PhantomRider
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*Comic-style Chitauri have yet to appear outside the comics, ever. The ''WesternAnimation/UltimateAvengers'' films, and everything that followed including the live-action Avengers movie, treat them as your basic AlienInvasion - no sign of having ShapeShifting abilities and never showing their true forms. It makes sense, though: The comic Chitauri are the UltimateUniverse version of the Skrulls, only ''actually threatening,'' at a time when the Skrulls were mostly remembered for the early appearance the ended with them [[NeverLiveItDown getting tricked out of invading when convinced monster movies were real, and winding up turned into cows. Some people at their meat and got powers later on]]. With ''ComicBook/SecretInvasion'' the comic Skrulls TookALevelInBadass, making "like the Skrulls, except competent" something that's no longer needed. When you need shapeshifting aliens you use them; when you just need ''bad'' aliens, the Chitauri are a name comic fans recognize.
23rd Apr '17 1:52:08 PM PhantomRider
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** The iconic bridge scene from ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' gets adapted a lot -- ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', [[Film/SpiderMan1 the movie]] -- and they always replace Gwen with Mary-Jane but letting her live. The child-friendly cartoon series actually came the closest to adapting the tragedy by having Mary-Jane fall into a dimensional time and space rift. When the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman2'' FINALLY gets the right girl they have to replace the iconic setting with a clock tower because people have already seen the familiar set up with Mary-Jane too many times. They also replace Norman with Harry. Don't expect a 100 percent faithful adaption anytime soon.

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** The iconic bridge scene from ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied'' gets adapted a lot -- ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'', ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman'', [[Film/SpiderMan1 the movie]] -- and they always replace Gwen with Mary-Jane but letting her live. The child-friendly cartoon series actually came the closest to adapting the tragedy by having Mary-Jane fall into a dimensional time and space rift. rift (alive but in an AndIMustScream state of floating through a no-mans-land outside reality, and definitely believed dead by Peter, with an arc about grieving her loss.) When the ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderman2'' FINALLY gets the right girl they have to replace the iconic setting with a clock tower because people have already seen the familiar set up with Mary-Jane too many times. They also replace Norman with Harry. Don't expect a 100 percent faithful adaption anytime soon.



** Likewise when he graduates to Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}. Nearly every DC Comics adaptation following ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' featuring Dick's adult identity (a BadFuture in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a not-so-bad future in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'') uses a variant of the costume from ''New Batman Adventures'': a blue bird ChestInsignia with serrated wings on an otherwise unmarked black outfit. Nightwing has never worn this outfit in the comics, the closest being a black outfit with a blue stripe that went down the arms and formed a sort of arrow on the chest. His ''New 52'' outfit was kind of like this, but with a red, more stylised bird. ''Teen Titans'' and ''Young Justice'' also follow ''NBA'' in not including the bat-symbol mask. (Exceptions: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' uses the original seventies costume; ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' uses the blue-stripe version.)

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** Likewise when he graduates to Comicbook/{{Nightwing}}. Nearly every DC Comics adaptation following ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' featuring Dick's adult identity (a BadFuture in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a not-so-bad future in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'', the second season of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' and ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'') uses a variant of the costume from ''New Batman Adventures'': a blue bird ChestInsignia with serrated wings on an otherwise unmarked black outfit. Make the bird red (and of course add the infamous nipples) and you have his Robin outfit from ''Film/BatmanAndRobin.'' Nightwing has never worn this outfit in the comics, the closest being a black outfit with a blue stripe that went down the arms and formed a sort of arrow on the chest. His ''New 52'' outfit was kind of like this, but with a red, more stylised bird. ''Teen Titans'' and ''Young Justice'' also follow ''NBA'' in not including the bat-symbol mask. (Exceptions: ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' uses the original seventies costume; ''WesternAnimation/BatmanUnderTheRedHood'' uses the blue-stripe version.)
10th Apr '17 10:43:15 AM Sapphirea2
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* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'''s first major adaptation, 1971's ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', has cast a shadow over later versions. [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory The 2005 film]], in its effort to be TruerToTheText, wound up drawing criticism from viewers unfamiliar with the book. The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] struck out in its own, largely book-faithful, direction but threw in a few {{Internal Homage}}s to and (due to ExecutiveMeddling) one song from the '71 version. But three '71-specific details stick like glue to parodies, adaptations, etc.:

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* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'''s first major adaptation, 1971's ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'', has cast a shadow over later versions. [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory The 2005 film]], in its effort to be TruerToTheText, wound up drawing criticism from viewers unfamiliar with the book. The [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]] struck out in its own, largely book-faithful, direction but threw in a few {{Internal Homage}}s to and (due to ExecutiveMeddling) one song from the '71 version. But three '71-specific details stick like glue to parodies, adaptations, etc.:


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** With regards to the [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage musical]], it struck out in its own, largely book-faithful, direction but threw in a few {{Internal Homage}}s to and (due to ExecutiveMeddling) one song ("Pure Imagination") from the '71 version. When that wasn't enough for fans of the movie, PanderingToTheBase ensued as it was {{Retool}}ed for its 2017 Broadway premiere, with most of the changes -- Mr. Bucket suffering DeathByAdaptation, the grandparents aside from Joe being DemotedToExtra, and the substitution of several original songs with their movie counterparts -- serving as examples of this trope.
17th Mar '17 3:55:35 PM Lemia
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* The 1965 and 1974 film adaptations of ''Literature/AndThenThereWereNone'' took more major cues from the 1945 film than the original book: Anthony Marston playing the titular nursery rhyme on a piano, Vera and Lombard falling in love and the two of them actually being innocent of the crimes they were accused of, and the AdaptationalAlternateEnding of [[spoiler:Vera only pretending to shoot Lombard and the two of them surviving after Wargrave falls for their deception and takes poison after delivering a MotiveRant to Vera]] were all absent from the book but were popularized by the 1945 film.
13th Feb '17 6:55:59 AM jamespolk
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* Traditionally, RobinHood is a brilliant archer who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, a noble outlaw fighting corrupt officials, and sometimes even a brave Saxon fighting against the Norman oppressors... or is he? This myth largely originates in 19th century Romantic adaptations of the Robin Hood legend (such as Howard Pyle's ''The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood'' and Walter Scott's ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''), many of which were developed specifically for children. In the original ballads, Robin is a trickster outlaw who steals for himself, couldn't care less about helping the poor, doesn't care about class differences (likely because by the time the stories were born the Norman population had already long assimilated), and can be pretty callous and cruel. Pretty much the only thing Robin's current and original image have in common is him being an outlaw and a great archer.

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* Traditionally, RobinHood Myth/RobinHood is a brilliant archer who steals from the rich and gives to the poor, a noble outlaw fighting corrupt officials, and sometimes even a brave Saxon fighting against the Norman oppressors... or is he? This myth largely originates in 19th century Romantic adaptations of the Robin Hood legend (such as Howard Pyle's ''The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood'' and Walter Scott's ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}''), many of which were developed specifically for children. In the original ballads, Robin is a trickster outlaw who steals for himself, couldn't care less about helping the poor, doesn't care about class differences (likely because by the time the stories were born the Norman population had already long assimilated), and can be pretty callous and cruel. Pretty much the only thing Robin's current and original image have in common is him being an outlaw and a great archer.



*** The first such "borrower" was Douglas Fairbanks Sr. for his movie version in 1922. He spent the first several reels trudging along in chain mail on Crusade before receiving an Urgent Message from back home in Merrie Old....

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*** The first such "borrower" was Douglas Fairbanks Creator/DouglasFairbanks Sr. for [[Film/{{Robin Hood 1922}} his movie version in 1922.1922]]. He spent the first several reels trudging along in chain mail on Crusade before receiving an Urgent Message from back home in Merrie Old....
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