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Published Doesn't Mean Finished
The creator can't seem to stop editing years after release


(permanent link) added: 2012-01-29 19:25:15 sponsor: astronouth7303 edited by: queenbri (last reply: 2012-02-03 09:35:30)

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You know that movie that they keep releasing with slightly different edits for no good reason? Or even major edits. Often stuff that changes who characters are. Stuff that changes how you perceive the movie. Or, most often, just annoys you.

The original creator reimagined his or her own material. Somehow, after millions of dollars and countless hours with editors and/or writers, they didn't get it right the first time. Beyond the usual Re Cut, they edit their continuity (or create an Alternate Continuity) for the sake of fixing perceived flaws in their work. For them, Published Doesn't Mean Finished

A Retcon starts drifting into this trope when the changes have no good (external) reason, and the edits change the way the work or universe is perceived. Alternatively, the author keeps making edits to their work, like they can't seem to get their claws out of it.

This shouldn't be confused with Pragmatic Adaptation or anime that Overtook the Manga. Even in the rare cases where the original author is involved, the goal is to keep to the original, not to "fix it up". (See Fullmetal Alchemist.)

Examples:

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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Stephen King rewrote parts of The Gunslinger to better fit canon established by the later novels.
  • Not only did Mary Shelly rewrite Frankenstein substantially for its second and later printings, but the heavily-revised version is the one that was reprinted after her death and is now commonly seen. The first-edition version takes a more controversial slant on its various philosophical dilemmas, and is very hard to track down.
    • You know that if you google "Frankenstein 1818 text", the entire text comes up online, right? Even print copies are easy enough to find albeit unusual. You just have to type "1818" while searching.
  • The rereleased versions of the earlier books of the Gor series are heavily rewritten. In one case close to 20,000 words were added.
  • Stephen King re-released The Stand with additional material, making it even more of a Door Stopper.
  • H. G. Wells rewrote parts of The Sleeper Awakes when real-life aviation technology rendered the original version obsolete.
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[[folder:Film]]
  • The creators of Blade Runner keep changing the Word of God on some questions , like whether or not Deckard is a Replicant.
    • This is a borderline case because the changes were never published.
  • George Lucas and Star Wars having The Dog Shot First. He even said "Well, the film only came out to be 25 or 30 percent of what I wanted it to be." After two or three edited releases (depending on how you count.)
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[[folder:Stage]]
  • Terrence Mc Nally's play The Lisbon Traviata has a dramatically changed ending between the off-Broadway and Broadway runs. The original ending had already been published in a compilation or two before the Broadway run.
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Tags: Rolling Updates, Needs a Better Title, Needs a Better Description

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