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17th Apr '17 1:08:40 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''MildredPierce'' was adapted for the screen in 1945 and again for a TV mini-series in 2011.

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* ''MildredPierce'' ''Film/MildredPierce'' was adapted for the screen in 1945 and again for a TV mini-series in 2011.
4th Feb '17 5:42:15 PM MyFinalEdits
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* 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.
** 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.
** Also major in the case of the sixth movie, which misses the overall function of the book by almost entirely omitting [[spoiler: the lessons delving into Voldemort's past that ultimately help Harry understand and thus defeat Voldemort.]]

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* 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. plotline.
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Most obvious in the third movie, as some of the stuff taken out was vital to understanding the plot.
plot. It's never explained that the four names appearing in the Marauder's Map correspond to the pen names of Professor Lupin, Sirius, Peter Pettigrew and James Potter respectively.
** 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.
dies earlier as Chang tells Umbridge about Harry's secret society (Dombledore's Army); even after it's revealed that [[spoiler:it was because she was forcefully given Veritaserum to confess against her will]], the two characters never get along again.
** Also major Major in the case of the sixth movie, which misses the overall function of the book by almost entirely omitting [[spoiler: the lessons delving into Voldemort's past that ultimately help Harry understand and thus defeat Voldemort.]]



* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', based on the novel of the same name. The bare bones of the book's story is there ([[spoiler:Poseidon's child is framed for stealing Zeus's lightning bolt, he goes on a quest to get it back with Annabeth and Grover, he's successful]]). Might be more towards executive meddling because a number of the plots that were left out because they leave things open for future movies, which they didn't know wouldn't happen. Add to that some of the character personal changes (namely aging the main characters 4-6 years) made it easier to make the movie.

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* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', based on the novel of the same name. name.
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The bare bones of the book's story is there ([[spoiler:Poseidon's child is framed for stealing Zeus's lightning bolt, he goes on a quest to get it back with Annabeth and Grover, he's successful]]). Might be more towards executive meddling because a number of the plots that were left out because they leave things open for future movies, which they didn't know wouldn't happen. Add to that some of the character personal changes (namely aging the main characters 4-6 years) made it easier to make the movie.



* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'': [[Film/TheNeverendingStory The film]] doesn't actually show the whole book. Far from it. It simply couldn't. Even so, some changes were unnecessary. In the book the protagonist (Bastian Balthasar Bux) is an overweight, awkward kid and his Fantasia-based friend Atreyu is green-skinned. The second half of the book puts the protagonist in grave danger. The movie, if faithful to its source, needed to be at least two movies long.
** The second film covers the second half of the book, and takes more liberties with it.

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* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'': [[Film/TheNeverendingStory The film]] doesn't actually show the whole book. Far from it. It simply couldn't. Even so, some changes were unnecessary. In the book the protagonist (Bastian Balthasar Bux) is an overweight, awkward kid and his Fantasia-based friend Atreyu is green-skinned. The second half of the book puts the protagonist in grave danger. The movie, if faithful to its source, needed to be at least two movies long.
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long. The second film covers the second half of the book, and takes more liberties with it.



* ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'', an adaption from the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' novels, suffered from considerable ExecutiveMeddling for its [[RageAgainstTheHeavens subject matter]] and DownerEnding (which is on Website/YouTube!). While it is often praised as a good film by people who haven't read the book, the ExecutiveMeddling caused many fans of the series to hate the film.

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* ''Film/TheGoldenCompass'', an adaption from the ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' novels, suffered from considerable ExecutiveMeddling for its [[RageAgainstTheHeavens subject matter]] and DownerEnding (which is on Website/YouTube!).DownerEnding. While it is often praised as a good film by people who haven't read the book, the ExecutiveMeddling caused many fans of the series to hate the film.



* ''Film/InterviewWithTheVampire''
** ''Film/QueenOfTheDamned''

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* When ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' was adapted into a movie, ''Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant'', there was a mixture of outrage and pure disgust from fans of the series. The first three books were attempted to be crammed into the movie (plus added spoilers from book nine) meaning many scenes were missed out.
** It doesn't stop there. Some fan favourite characters were cut (Debbie and Sam) and put back in as a single entity: Rebecca the monkey girl. Personalities of both main and secondary characters were changed and an added pairing was put in, practically destroying a canon one apparent in later books.

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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'':
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When ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' the book was adapted into a movie, ''Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant'', there was a mixture of outrage and pure disgust from fans of the series. The first three books were attempted to be crammed into the movie (plus added spoilers from book nine) meaning many scenes were missed out.
** It doesn't stop there. Some fan favourite characters were cut (Debbie and Sam) and put back in as a single entity: Rebecca the monkey girl. Personalities of both main and secondary characters were changed and an added pairing was put in, practically destroying a canon one apparent in later books.



* ''Film/VampireAcademy''.
* ''Film/TheMortalInstrumentsCityOfBones''.

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* Pick any Creator/StephenKing book, and chances are it's been adapted to film (in some cases, ''twice'').
** 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 ''Literature/TheMist'' even more than his original.

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* Pick any Creator/StephenKing book, and chances are it's been adapted to film (in some cases, ''twice'').
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''twice''). 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 ''Literature/TheMist'' even more than his original.



* Although frequently so altered as to be nearly completely unrecognizable, almost every single movie by Creator/StanleyKubrick and Creator/AlfredHitchcock were based on books (notable exceptions are ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', and Kubrick wanted the ''2001'' book written and out before the movie).
** The early sections of ''2001'' (set on the Moon) were based on Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story, "The Sentinel".

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* Although frequently so altered as to be nearly completely unrecognizable, almost every single movie by Creator/StanleyKubrick and Creator/AlfredHitchcock were based on books (notable exceptions are ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' and ''Film/NorthByNorthwest'', and Kubrick wanted the ''2001'' book written and out before the movie).
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movie). The early sections of ''2001'' (set on the Moon) were based on Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story, "The Sentinel".
4th Feb '17 10:47:40 AM mlsmithca
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* ''Greed'', the film adaptation of the novel ''[=McTeague=]'', is famous in film history as the most literal adaptation ever. Director Creator/ErichVonStroheim faithfully recreated every scene as it appeared in the novel, included every character most of the dialogue (not a mean feat consider that it's a silent movie), and was shot on location. The result was a movie that was a unwatchable mess (except to film buffs) that's over ''ten hours'' long (for comparison, the unabridged audiobook of the novel was only 14 hours long). The producers trimmed the footage down to a more manageable 2 hours, whereupon von Stroheim disowned the film.

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* ''Greed'', the film adaptation of the novel ''[=McTeague=]'', is famous in film history as the most literal adaptation ever. Director Creator/ErichVonStroheim faithfully recreated every scene as it appeared in the novel, included every character most of the dialogue (not a mean feat consider that it's a silent movie), and was shot on location. The result was a movie that was a unwatchable mess (except to film buffs) that's over ''ten hours'' long (for comparison, the unabridged audiobook of the novel was only 14 hours long). The producers trimmed the footage down to a more manageable 2 hours, whereupon von Stroheim disowned the film. A four-hour cut has since been assembled that uses production stills and title cards to re-create the missing scenes.



* ''Film/TheConstantNymph'' by Margaret Kennedy and the 1943 film starring Creator/JoanFontaine''.

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* ''Film/TheConstantNymph'' by Margaret Kennedy and the 1943 film starring Creator/JoanFontaine''.Creator/JoanFontaine.



* The novel ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' was made into a feature film in 1975. The film received mixed critics.

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* The Nathanael West's 1939 novel ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' was made into a feature film in 1975. The film received mixed critics.1975.



* ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople''
* ''Film/SophiesChoice''
* ''Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey''

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* ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople''
Judith Guest's 1976 novel ''Literature/OrdinaryPeople'' was made into a Best Picture Oscar-winning film in 1980.
* ''Film/SophiesChoice''
The 1982 film ''Film/SophiesChoice'' was adapted from the 1979 novel of the same name by William Styron.
* ''Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey''Horace [=McCoy=]'s 1935 novel ''Literature/TheyShootHorsesDontThey'' was adapted into [[Film/TheyShootHorsesDontThey a film]] in 1969.



** 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.

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** Also, Cho and Harry's relationship in Order ''Order of the Phoenix 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}}''' 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.

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* ''Film/{{Eragon}}''' has an adaptation whose problem is Multiple 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.
29th Jan '17 6:59:58 PM jormis29
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* The novel ''The Day of the Locust'' was made into a feature film in 1975. The film received mixed critics.

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* The novel ''The Day of the Locust'' ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'' was made into a feature film in 1975. The film received mixed critics.
26th Jan '17 7:11:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* The book ''{{Trainspotting}}'' was made into a movie, but not without a PragmaticAdaptation as the content was deemed unfilmable.

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* The book ''{{Trainspotting}}'' ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'' was made into a movie, but not without a PragmaticAdaptation as the content was deemed unfilmable.
17th Jan '17 8:35:56 PM FuzzyBoots
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* ''Film/TheVisitation'' was adapted from ''Literature/TheVisitation''.
2nd Nov '16 9:09:06 PM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' started life as a harmless-enough page-turner with extremely unlikeable characters, and was adapted into one of the best movies ever made.

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* ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' started life as a harmless-enough page-turner [[Literature/{{Jaws}} page-turner]] with extremely unlikeable characters, and was adapted into one of the best movies ever made.
20th Oct '16 5:50:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1066120-scarlet_letter/ Several]] [[http://www.rinkworks.com/badmovie/reader/43.shtml reviewers]] [[http://www.hit-n-run.com/cgi/read_review.cgi?review=40461_wyldfyr note]] [[http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9510/scarlet_letter/review/index.html that]] TheyJustDidntCare for ''Literature/TheScarletLetter''. This was mocked in ''Film/EasyA'', in reference to English students watching the film adaptations of their required reading in lieu of doing the actual reading.

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* [[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1066120-scarlet_letter/ Several]] [[http://www.rinkworks.com/badmovie/reader/43.shtml reviewers]] [[http://www.hit-n-run.com/cgi/read_review.cgi?review=40461_wyldfyr note]] have]] [[http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9510/scarlet_letter/review/index.html that]] TheyJustDidntCare for criticized]] ''Literature/TheScarletLetter''. This was mocked in ''Film/EasyA'', in reference to English students watching the film adaptations of their required reading in lieu of doing the actual reading.
18th Aug '16 3:28:44 PM Tre
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* ''Film/{{Dune}}''. Creator/DavidLynch took a ''lot'' of liberties in the 1984 adaptation. The film's biggest hurdle, though, was telling the story in less than six hours -- if you've read the original, there's a reason its first volume is divided into three "books". [[SciFiChannel Syfy's]] [MiniSeries, ''Frank Herbert's Serires/{{Dune}}'' and Creator/Frank Herbert's ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'', were much more faithful than David Lynch's film, though they still took a few liberties. Such as increasing certain characters' roles, and downplaying or outright removing other characters.

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* ''Film/{{Dune}}''. Creator/DavidLynch took a ''lot'' of liberties in the 1984 adaptation. The film's biggest hurdle, though, was telling the story in less than six hours -- if you've read the original, there's a reason its first volume is divided into three "books". [[SciFiChannel Syfy's]] [MiniSeries, [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci Fi Channel]]'s MiniSeries, ''Frank Herbert's Serires/{{Dune}}'' Series/{{Dune}}'' and Creator/Frank Herbert's ''Series/ChildrenOfDune'', were much more faithful than David Lynch's film, though they still took a few liberties. Such as increasing certain characters' roles, and downplaying or outright removing other characters.
8th Aug '16 7:21:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* Richard Matheson's novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'' has been adapted to film four times in four wildly different adaptations: ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'', starring Creator/VincentPrice; ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', starring Charlton Heston; ''Film/IAmLegend'', starring Creator/WillSmith; and TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]] ''I Am Omega'', starring Mark Dacascos. Not a single one of those adaptations is faithful to the book.

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* Richard Matheson's novel ''Literature/IAmLegend'' has been adapted to film four times in four wildly different adaptations: ''Film/TheLastManOnEarth'', starring Creator/VincentPrice; ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', starring Charlton Heston; ''Film/IAmLegend'', starring Creator/WillSmith; and TheAsylum Creator/TheAsylum [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]] ''I Am Omega'', starring Mark Dacascos. Not a single one of those adaptations is faithful to the book.
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