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8th Mar '17 3:09:40 PM Discar
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* Another Sanderson work, ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', was originally supposed to be composed only of the ten DoorStopper installments. After a while, Sanderson realized that two characters from book two - Lift and Nale - would be returning in later novels as changed people, having undergone off-screen CharacterDevelopment, so to avoid this, he wrote the ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' novella to showcase some of the changes as they happen.

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* Another Sanderson work, ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', was originally supposed to be composed only of the ten DoorStopper installments. After a while, Sanderson realized that two characters from book two - Lift and Nale - would be returning in later novels as changed people, having undergone off-screen CharacterDevelopment, so to avoid this, claims of {{Asspull}}, he wrote the ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' novella to showcase some of the changes as they happen.
5th Feb '17 10:47:47 PM Nicoaln
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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' had an ''eighth'' book planned (Or perhaps, a spinoff) that would have focused on Susan after the events of 1949 (''The Last Battle''). Allegedly, this would have focused on her coming to terms with the loss of her family, and at one point meeting [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lewis himself and telling him]], which would have explained just how the books came to be.

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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' had an ''eighth'' book planned (Or perhaps, a spinoff) that would have focused on Susan after the events of 1949 (''The Last Battle''). Allegedly, this would have focused on her coming to terms with the loss of her family, eventually joining the others in Aslan's country, and at one point meeting [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lewis himself and telling him]], which would have explained just how the books came to be.
5th Feb '17 10:47:25 PM Nicoaln
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* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' had an ''eighth'' book planned (Or perhaps, a spinoff) that would have focused on Susan after the events of 1949 (''The Last Battle''). Allegedly, this would have focused on her coming to terms with the loss of her family, and at one point meeting [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lewis himself and telling him]], which would have explained just how the books came to be.
3rd Jan '17 6:16:02 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheCosmere'', Sanderson's meta-cycle, had originally, among others, nine Mistborn novels (a "trilogy of trilogies") and seven Dragonsteel books. Then, the one-shot ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' idea that eventually became ''Literature/TheAlloyOfLaw'' grew into a tetralogy, bringing the number of Mistborn books up to thirteen, while Dragonsteel was cut down to five, then three books.
* Another Sanderson work, ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', was originally supposed to be composed only of the ten DoorStopper installments. After a while, Sanderson realized that two characters from book two - Lift and Nale - would be returning in later novels as changed people, having undergone off-screen CharacterDevelopment, so to avoid this, he wrote the ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' novella to showcase some of the changes as they happen.
5th Nov '16 9:39:30 AM dlchen145
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** There are '''far''' too many of these to mention in the ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth History of Middle-earth]]'' series. Perhaps the most radical are that Tol Eressëa was going to be England, Farmer Maggot and Treebeard were going to be villains, and Aragorn was going to be a {{badass}} hobbit called Peregrin Boffin (alias "Trotter") who had been tortured in Mordor, or else a FutureBadass version of Bilbo himself. He wore shoes (very unusual for a hobbit) and one proposed explanation was that he had [[ArtificialLimbs wooden feet]] as a result of his real feet having been ''[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique sawn off by his tormentors]]''.

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** There are '''far''' too many of these to mention in the ''[[Literature/TheHistoryOfMiddleEarth History of Middle-earth]]'' series. Perhaps the most radical are that Tol Eressëa was going to be England, Farmer Maggot and Treebeard were going to be villains, and Aragorn was going to be a {{badass}} badass hobbit called Peregrin Boffin (alias "Trotter") who had been tortured in Mordor, or else a FutureBadass version of Bilbo himself. He wore shoes (very unusual for a hobbit) and one proposed explanation was that he had [[ArtificialLimbs wooden feet]] as a result of his real feet having been ''[[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique sawn off by his tormentors]]''.
5th Sep '16 6:30:42 AM wreckingbally
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* In ''Literature/{{Mortis}}'', Mortimer was originally going to be bisexual, Gabriel was a more laid back person, Gerry was a goth girl, and Halle was intended to be a static secondary character. There was also going to be a love triangle between Gabriel, Mortimer, and Gerry before the author decided she didn't like love triangles.

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* In ''Literature/{{Mortis}}'', ''Literature/DemonMeatForDinner'', Mortimer was originally going to be bisexual, Gabriel was a more laid back person, Gerry was a goth girl, and Halle was intended to be a static secondary character. There was also going to be a love triangle between Gabriel, Mortimer, and Gerry before the author decided she didn't like love triangles.
18th Aug '16 9:29:54 PM PaulA
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* Similarly Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold said in an early interview that the novels that would eventually form ''Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga'' were going to timeskip decades and centuries, revisiting Barrayar, but not necessarily focusing on it. At least she kept the promise of AbsentAliens and genetically-engineered HumanSubspecies, though there wasn't enough time for TranshumanAliens to appear.

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* Similarly Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold said in an early interview that the novels that would eventually form ''Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga'' the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' were going to timeskip decades and centuries, revisiting Barrayar, but not necessarily focusing on it. At least she kept the promise of AbsentAliens and genetically-engineered HumanSubspecies, though there wasn't enough time for TranshumanAliens to appear.
22nd Jul '16 6:00:06 PM Pinokio
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' novels ''Ultima Saga: The Forge of Virtue'' and ''Ultima Saga: The Temper of Wisdom'' were supposed to be followed by a third book.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' novels ''Ultima Saga: The Forge of Virtue'' and ''Ultima Saga: The Temper of Wisdom'' were supposed going to be followed by a third book.
22nd Jul '16 5:59:39 PM Pinokio
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* The ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' novels ''Ultima Saga: The Forge of Virtue'' and ''Ultima Saga: The Temper of Wisdom'' were supposed to be followed by a third book.
22nd Jul '16 5:09:01 PM Pinokio
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* Franchise/StarTrek books including ''The Unseen Frontier: Declassified Images from the History of the Federation'', the e-book ''Shards and Shadows'', the short story ''Now You See Her...'', the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' novel ''The God Thing'' and ''The Millennium Bloom'', ''Film/StarTrek'' (2009) novels ''Refugees'', ''Seek a Newer World'', ''More Beautiful Than Death'', and ''The Hazards of Concealing'', a planned omnibus of the Crucible trilogy including nine additional stories, the ''Harm's Way'' trilogy, ''Academy: Collision Course'' sequel ''Academy: Trial Run'', and the post-''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' novel ''Walking Wounded'' were unpublished. ''Yesterday's Son'' and ''Time for Yesterday'' were to be followed up with ''Return to Yesterday'', ''Yesterday's Vulcan'' and ''Yesterday's Destiny''. The ''A Time to...'' miniseries was planned to be twelve books instead of nine, including ''A Time to Create'' and ''A Time to Destroy''.
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