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16th Jul '16 7:14:41 AM darkchiefy
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* ''Literature/TheSecretAgent'' by Joseph Conrad was adapted into the film Sabotage (1936) by Alfred Hitchcock. The film had a number of changes such as turning Verloc's shop into a Cinema and Stevie is portrayed as an ordinary schoolboy
29th Jun '16 8:15:43 PM MsChibi
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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."

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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that [[AudienceAlienatingPremise no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."
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29th Jun '16 8:14:49 PM MsChibi
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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not cut altogether), or important book-related plot points may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."

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One issue is that a typical novel is simply [[DoorStopper much too long]] to fit all of it in a two (or even three) hour movie, so significant parts of it must be cut out. Sometimes entire characters may be changed, have their screen time lengthened/shortened (if not [[AdaptedOut cut altogether), altogether]]), or important book-related plot points or dialogue may be whizzed by, creating a moment of FridgeLogic. All of this tends to a trendy belief that no matter how good or bad the movie is, "The book was better."
29th Jun '16 8:13:51 PM MsChibi
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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a story can take days to read; in film, audiences won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means changing the story, for better or for worse.

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In print, special effects are easy; in film, they are expensive. In print, describing a character's thoughts is normal; in film, a voiceover is seldom acceptable. In print, a story can take days to read; in film, audiences won't sit still for more than a few hours. Getting round these problems means [[AdaptationDecay changing the story, for better or for worse.
worse]].
21st Jun '16 9:22:47 PM jormis29
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* Creator/JamesPatterson's first two novels, ''Along Came a Spider'' and ''Kiss the Girls'', became films.

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* Creator/JamesPatterson's first two novels, ''Along Came a Spider'' ''Film/AlongCameASpider'' and ''Kiss the Girls'', ''Film/KissTheGirls'', became films.
30th May '16 5:24:44 PM eroock
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13th Apr '16 11:00:22 AM Morgenthaler
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** In turn, pick any of those movies. Chances are, Stephen King himself didn't like it. He's outright stated that he hates some of the movies based off his books, such as the [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIITheFinalSacrifice two]] [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest sequels]] of ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and ''Film/TheShining'' (Creator/StanleyKubrick removed several plot elements that King felt very personal about, [[WriteWhatYouKnow because they were partly based on his own life]]). He did, however, like the movie's ending of ''TheMist'' even more than his original.

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** In turn, pick any of those movies. Chances are, Stephen King himself didn't like it. He's outright stated that he hates some of the movies based off his books, such as the [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIITheFinalSacrifice two]] [[Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest sequels]] of ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' and ''Film/TheShining'' (Creator/StanleyKubrick removed several plot elements that King felt very personal about, [[WriteWhatYouKnow because they were partly based on his own life]]). He did, however, like the movie's ending of ''TheMist'' ''Literature/TheMist'' even more than his original.
10th Apr '16 12:10:11 PM MasoTey
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See also TheShowOfTheBooks.
7th Apr '16 10:52:19 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'': Author Creator/EBWhite was extremely displeased (and reasonably so) with the first AnimatedAdaptation of his story. We will never know how he would have felt about the new live-action film, but at least it's mostly faithful to the book (although the animated one is, as well; White's problem was simply with the addition of songs.)

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* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'': Author Creator/EBWhite was extremely displeased (and reasonably so) with the first AnimatedAdaptation of his story. We will never It's impossible to know how he would have felt about the new live-action film, but at least it's mostly faithful to the book (although the animated one is, as well; White's problem was simply with the addition of songs.)



* Creator/DrSeuss: In addition to the many [[MadeForTVMovie animated TV specials]] based on the works of Dr. Seuss, four of his stories have made it to the big screen: ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', ''HortonHearsAWho'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. ''Horton'' was pretty well received, while both ''Grinch'' and ''The Lorax'' were more YMMV. However, ''Cat'' was widely considered to be a cinematic disaster. In fact, ''The Cat in the Hat'' is essentially the reason there will be no more live-action Dr. Seuss movies.

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* Creator/DrSeuss: In addition to the many [[MadeForTVMovie animated TV specials]] based on the works of Dr. Seuss, four of his stories have made it to the big screen: ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'', ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'', ''HortonHearsAWho'', and ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax''. ''Horton'' was pretty well received, while both ''Horton'', ''Grinch'' and ''The Lorax'' were ''Lorax'' are more YMMV. However, or less YMMV; however, ''Cat'' was widely considered to be a cinematic disaster. In fact, ''The Cat in the Hat'' is essentially the reason there will be no more live-action Dr. Seuss movies.



* ''{{Holes}}'' by Louis Sachar got a pretty faithful adaption, but that's mostly because Sachar wrote the screen play.

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* ''{{Holes}}'' by Louis Sachar got has a pretty faithful adaption, but that's mostly because Sachar wrote the screen play.



* ''Film/CityOfEmber'' is actually not a bad movie on its own, though it did add a new {{mentor|s}} character for Doon and also a [[NightmareFuel giant mole that chases the kids through an empty storeroom]], among other things.

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* ''Film/CityOfEmber'' is actually not a bad movie on its own, though it did add a new {{mentor|s}} character for Doon and also a [[NightmareFuel giant mole that chases the kids through an empty storeroom]], among other things.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Some removed plotlines. Major in the case of the third, fourth, and fifth movies, which took good chunks out of the main plotline. Most obvious in the third movie, as some of the stuff taken out was vital to understanding the plot. In the fifth film, a scene which foreshadows TheReveal of a Snape's motivations ''for his entire life'' was filmed, but cut, and not even included on the DVD as a deleted scene. This not only resulted in unknown actress Susie Shiner getting a DeletedRole, but has outraged many fans, who have been waiting for years to see her in this scene but it still has not been released.
** Cho and Harry's relationship in Order of the Phoenix is changed to take up less time. In the book, they date until Harry realizes they're only together because Cho thinks being with him will help give her closure over [[spoiler:Cedric's death]]. In the film, after one kiss the romance tapers off. Presumably Harry just got over his crush by himeself.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Some The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' films are considered masterpieces, but have some removed plotlines. Major in the case of the third, fourth, and fifth movies, which took good chunks out of the main plotline. Most obvious in the third movie, as some of the stuff taken out was vital to understanding the plot. In the fifth film, a scene which foreshadows TheReveal of a Snape's motivations ''for his entire life'' was filmed, but cut, and not even included on the DVD as a deleted scene. This not only resulted in unknown actress Susie Shiner getting a DeletedRole, but has outraged many fans, who have been waiting for years to see her in this scene but it still has not been released.
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** Also, Cho and Harry's relationship in Order of the Phoenix is changed to take up less time. In the book, they date until Harry realizes they're only together because Cho thinks being with him will help give her closure over [[spoiler:Cedric's death]]. In the film, after one kiss the romance tapers off. Presumably Harry just got over his crush by himeself.



* ''Film/{{Eragon}}''. Multiple missing main characters, more main characters having a single line or so, completely different locations, general failure to understand universal laws such as magic in-universe, and a completely different ending. Proved a FranchiseKiller to the prospect of a movie of the sequel, since so much was omitted or defiled, although it still managed to make a profit.

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* ''Film/{{Eragon}}''. ''Film/{{Eragon}}''' has an adaptation whose problem is Multiple missing main characters, more main characters having a single line or so, completely different locations, general failure to understand universal laws such as magic in-universe, and a completely different ending. Proved a FranchiseKiller to the prospect of a movie of the sequel, since so much was omitted or defiled, although it still managed to make a profit.



* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films.

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' films.films, which made it to the third book before the franchise fell apart and slowly became forgotten.
7th Apr '16 10:46:20 PM OffTheDeepEnd
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* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'': Author Creator/EBWhite was extremely displeased (and reasonably so) with the first AnimatedAdaptation of his story. We will never know how he would have felt about the new live-action film, but at least it's mostly faithful to the book.

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* ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'': Author Creator/EBWhite was extremely displeased (and reasonably so) with the first AnimatedAdaptation of his story. We will never know how he would have felt about the new live-action film, but at least it's mostly faithful to the book.book (although the animated one is, as well; White's problem was simply with the addition of songs.)
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