History WhatCouldHaveBeen / Literature

5th Mar '18 9:20:08 PM TheGreatConversation
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** Originally, the story was going to be from Isaac's point of view.

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** Originally, the story was going to be from Isaac's point of view.[[note]]So to speak.[[/note]]
22nd Feb '18 10:04:08 PM ViperMagnum357
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***This line of thought snaps back into focus in ''The Warmaster;'' [[spoiler: After a Warp translation mishap throws Gaunt and the Ghosts ten years into the future, they discover themselves presumed dead and hailed as heroes, with enormous posthumous honors-that are bestowed and confirmed upon their return. Gaunt finds himself promoted to Lord Militant Commander, the highest permanent field rank in the Astra Militarum, and placed on the top rung of the Crusade's general staff. Macaroth himself confirms that the odds of Gaunt being named Warmaster in place of Macaroth after Balhaut might have approached even odds, and that Macaroth holds Gaunt in the same regard as Slaydo did. ''Then'' he discovers that growing discontent in the general staff has left them on the cusp of removing Macaroth, and searching for a replacement-Gaunt himself. Refusing the job, Gaunt manages to reach the Warmaster and apprise him of the seriousness of the situation; helping to resolve it peacefully and restoring Macaroth's authority while beginning to remedy old wounds. For which Macaroth ''agrees'' with his generals' assessment, and promotes Gaunt to be his second, and first among commanders-naming Gaunt First Lord Executor, heir to the Warmaster and second in overall command of the Sabbat Worlds Crusade.]]
30th Jan '18 5:29:05 AM Cryoclaste
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** Following the revelation that the NSA had planted spies in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', Stross [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/12/psa-why-there-wont-be-a-third-.html announced]] that the third novel in the ''Literature/HaltingState''[=/=]''Literature/{{Rule 34}}'' series was going to be abandoned, because his crazy sf ideas were ''actually happening''.

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** Following the revelation that the NSA had planted spies in ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Stross [[http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2013/12/psa-why-there-wont-be-a-third-.html announced]] that the third novel in the ''Literature/HaltingState''[=/=]''Literature/{{Rule 34}}'' series was going to be abandoned, because his crazy sf ideas were ''actually happening''.
22nd Oct '17 2:05:56 PM SwampAdder
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* Early outlines of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' had some minor changes compared to the finished product ([[http://thorinoakenshield.net/2013/09/12/the-evolution-of-smaug/ Smaug was originally called Pryftan, for example]], and Gandalf was a Dwarf named Bladorthin). Probably the biggest and most drastic change was Bilbo killing Smaug instead of Bard. While an interesting idea by itself, how it would have happened is kind of...crazy. Bilbo would have infiltrated Smaug's lair, then stabbed him through the bare spot in his chest with Sting (which went so deep it vanished completely), and then ''ride a golden bowl like a surfboard on the massive amount of blood pouring out of Smaug's belly'' before triumphantly exiting the mountain. It's interesting to note that this idea got [[HilariousInHindsight an unintentional nod]] in the Peter Jackson trilogy when Legolas rides an Uruk-hai shield like a surfboard.

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* Early outlines of ''Literature/TheHobbit'' had some minor changes compared to the finished product ([[http://thorinoakenshield.net/2013/09/12/the-evolution-of-smaug/ Smaug was originally called Pryftan, for example]], and Gandalf was a the name "Gandalf" belonged to the the chief Dwarf named Bladorthin).rather than the wizard). Probably the biggest and most drastic change was Bilbo killing Smaug instead of Bard. While an interesting idea by itself, how it would have happened is kind of...crazy. Bilbo would have infiltrated Smaug's lair, then stabbed him through the bare spot in his chest with Sting (which went so deep it vanished completely), and then ''ride a golden bowl like a surfboard on the massive amount of blood pouring out of Smaug's belly'' before triumphantly exiting the mountain. It's interesting to note that this idea got [[HilariousInHindsight an unintentional nod]] in the Peter Jackson trilogy when Legolas rides an Uruk-hai shield like a surfboard.
15th Oct '17 7:09:20 AM JamesAustin
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!!Examples with pages
* ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Scaramouche}}''

!!Examples without pages
8th Oct '17 4:54:32 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy was originally two unrelated works- one which BrandonSanderson calls "Mistborn Prime", which introduced the titular magic-using assassins, and "Final Empire Prime", which introduced the AfterTheEnd setting ruled by a PhysicalGod EvilOverlord. Not really liking either one, he took what he liked from both and made something completely new. Also, the trilogy's protagonist was originally supposed to be a guy, but Sanderson had a hard time getting a grip on the character- until he turned "him" into [[ActionGirl a girl]], and suddenly Vin really gelled for the first time.

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* The ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy was originally two unrelated works- one which BrandonSanderson Creator/BrandonSanderson calls "Mistborn Prime", which introduced the titular magic-using assassins, and "Final Empire Prime", which introduced the AfterTheEnd setting ruled by a PhysicalGod EvilOverlord. Not really liking either one, he took what he liked from both and made something completely new. Also, the trilogy's protagonist was originally supposed to be a guy, but Sanderson had a hard time getting a grip on the character- until he turned "him" into [[ActionGirl a girl]], and suddenly Vin really gelled for the first time.
1st Oct '17 2:36:31 PM PrincessGwen
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** Instead of the Caucus Race being used to dry off Alice and the animals, the Dodo would have lead them all to a nearby cottage he knew of, where they could dry off. As they walked, the Dodo, the Eaglet, the Lory, and Alice all outwalked the others, so they went ahead while leaving the duck to lead the rest. This was based off of a real event that happened on the outing when Carroll first told Alice the story. As they were finishing their boating, it burst out raining and Carroll lead them to a cottage he knew was nearby, where they could dry off. He and the Liddell sisters (Alice, Edith, and L.C.) walked faster than the rest, so they left Canon Duckworth, a member of the group, to lead everyone else there. Carroll eventually used the Caucus Race instead, because he felt that the event he was basing the cottage story off of was too obscure and would only be funny to the circle of people who had been involved.

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** Instead of the Caucus Race being used to dry off Alice and the animals, the Dodo would have lead led them all to a nearby cottage he knew of, where they could dry off. As they walked, the Dodo, the Eaglet, the Lory, and Alice all outwalked the others, so they went ahead while leaving the duck to lead the rest. This was based off of a real event that happened on the outing when Carroll first told Alice the story. As they were finishing their boating, it burst out raining and Carroll lead led them to a cottage he knew was nearby, where they could dry off. He and the Liddell sisters (Alice, Edith, and L.C.) walked faster than the rest, so they left Canon Duckworth, a member of the group, to lead everyone else there. Carroll eventually used the Caucus Race instead, because he felt that the event he was basing the cottage story off of was too obscure and would only be funny to the circle of people who had been involved.
1st Oct '17 2:34:34 PM PrincessGwen
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* In the rough draft of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (called Alice's Adventures Underground) their was no "Caucus Race", "Pig and Pepper", "Mad Tea Party" or Cheshire Cat. Titles considered were "Alice Among The Elves", "Alice's Golden Hour", and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" which became the final title.

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* In the rough draft of ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' (called Alice's Adventures Underground) their there was no "Caucus Race", "Pig and Pepper", "Mad Tea Party" or Cheshire Cat. Titles considered were "Alice Among The Elves", "Alice's Golden Hour", and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" which became the final title.
20th May '17 11:23:44 AM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' novels ''Ultima Saga: The Forge of Virtue'' and ''Ultima Saga: The Temper of Wisdom'' were going to be followed by a third book.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' novels ''Ultima Saga: The Forge of Virtue'' and ''Ultima Saga: The Temper of Wisdom'' were going to be followed by a third book.
30th Apr '17 2:00:27 PM Pinokio
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* Jeff Green 's novel ''The Cudgel of Xanthor'' would have detailed the development process of the FictionalVideoGame series mentioned in the magazines ''Computer Gaming World'' and ''Games For Windows: The Official Magazine'', and chronicled the life of Xanthor in a fantasy world.

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* Jeff Green 's novel ''The Cudgel of Xanthor'' would have detailed the development process of the ''Xanthor'' FictionalVideoGame series mentioned in the magazines ''Computer Gaming World'' and ''Games For Windows: The Official Magazine'', and chronicled while chronicling the life of the character Xanthor in a fantasy world.
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