History WhatCouldHaveBeen / Literature

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''.
13th Jul '16 12:45:25 AM PaulA
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** ''[[http://www.completevca.com/lib_casteel_heaven.shtml Heaven]]'' was originally an [[http://www.completevca.com/bio_truestory.shtml autobiography]] by an unknown woman. It was rejected since it was deemed she couldn't write well enough, but Andrews' editor found out about it, and the story was bought for Andrews to write a book about it (The woman also did notes with Andrews). It should be noted that ''Heaven'' is the only book in the ''Casteel'' series to be based on the woman's story.

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** ''[[http://www.completevca.com/lib_casteel_heaven.shtml Heaven]]'' was originally an [[http://www.completevca.com/bio_truestory.shtml autobiography]] by an unknown woman. It was rejected since it was deemed she couldn't write well enough, but Andrews' editor found out about it, and the story was bought for Andrews to write a book about it (The woman also did notes with Andrews). It should be noted that ''Heaven'' is the only book in the ''Casteel'' series Literature/TheCasteelSeries to be based on the woman's story.
11th Jun '16 12:01:42 PM Anddrix
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* ''Literature/{{Divergent}}'' was originally going to be written from Four's perspective. In a prequel novel following his transfer to Dauntless, a handful of the original scenes from his POV were included.
15th May '16 8:23:32 PM Nylsa
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!!Examples with pages
* ''WhatCouldHaveBeen/{{Scaramouche}}''

!!Examples without pages
14th May '16 2:45:33 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Not confirmed, but fans of the "How Few Remain" series (also known as {{Timeline-191}}) have long suspected that Turtledove originally meant for the USA to [[spoiler:lose the Great War and end up being the parallel to Weimar and later Nazi Germany rather than the Confederacy.]] YMMV but there are abolutly some who think this would have made the series more interesting and less {{Anvilicious}}.
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