Let's face it: Most of the time, a work is at its best in its original form. However, sometimes there are exceptions to this, and be it by Adaptation Distillation
or Superlative Dubbing
, the new version of a story comes out so much better than the old that even the original creator admits the superiority of the new one.
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Anime and Manga
- The English dub of Cowboy Bebop is officially considered superior to the Japanese version.
- The staff at 4Kids Entertainment apparently loves Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series, although Konami and Upper Deck do not.
- This may be due to the fact that much of the humor is derived from changes made to the show when it was dubbed into English - changes that obviously wouldn't be present in the Japanese version.
- Hayao Miyazaki reportedly prefers the French dub of Porco Rosso (with Jean Reno in the title role) to the original.
- Yasuhiro Nightow has nothing but praise for the animated version of Trigun. After the anime ended, he started having anime-only characters cameo in the manga, and cribbed the anime's climax to use in his story several years later.
- Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon, once stated that the Pokémon Special manga most resembles the world that he was trying to convey. It's a long outdated quote though, and may not hold true post Generation II (and Tajiri isn't even in charge of the franchise past then anyway, Junichi Masuada is).
- Ironically, while there were many fans who hated the ending to the 2003 anime adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist, Arakawa not only enjoyed the changes and approved them, but had requested that the anime come up with a different ending to begin with, not wanting to just tell the same exact story in both media.
- Despite the fandom's reaction to the event, Hajime Isayama of Attack on Titan has gone on the record to say that he preferred how the anime handled Annie's Villainous Breakdown to the way it ended up in the manga, since it more closely matched his original plan for how he wanted that scene to go and he regrets not using it.
- James M. Cain noted he preferred the movie Double Indemnity to his original story—specifically the framing story element. He also thought it ended better.
- Chuck Palahniuk prefers the ending of the film version of Fight Club to his own. He's even said that he's a little embarrassed by the novel nowadays.
- The author of The Prestige had this reaction to seeing the movie: "'Well, holy shit.' I was thinking, 'God, I like that,' and 'Oh, I wish I'd thought of that.'"
- Stephen King:
- In an interview on the DVD of The Mist, he said that he liked the movie's ending better than that of the original story, and wished he'd thought of it himself.
- He feels the same way about the original 1976 adaptation of Carrie, to the point where it's the chief reason why he doesn't like the sequel or either of the remakes — he feels that they do a disservice not to his book, but to Brian De Palma's film.
- Mark Millar has said that the Kick-Ass movie is superior to the comic book. He had originally devised the comic story as a movie pitch.
- Gary Wolf preferred the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit to the novel he wrote, Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, upon which it was based. He loved it so much that when he wrote a sequel to the film, he retconned the first story as a dream.
- J. K. Rowling has said that there are some things in the Harry Potter movies which she wished she had made up when she wrote the books. The only such thing she has named specifically is the talking shrunken head from the third film. Ironically, the fandom tends to regard the shrunken head as The Scrappy.
- David Morrell preferred the ending of the First Blood film as Rambo doesn't die... thus allowing for sequels that ended up making him millions.
- In the book Fahrenheit 451, Clarissa is abruptly revealed to have been killed by a speeding car. The film changed this so that she lived and escaped with the exiles. The author Ray Bradbury preferred her survival, and included it in the stage adaptation and semi-official video game sequel.
- Philip K. Dick felt that Blade Runner (at least, the director's cut, not the butchered theatrical version) was superior to its source material, his novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and was amazed at how the book was "escalated into such stunning dimensions."
- Maybe not preferred, but Ridley Scott has said that while it plays fast and loose with the original vision he had for the creatures, he likes Aliens enough to consider it canon, whereas everything else besides the original Alien and the prequel Prometheus are considered Canon Discontinuity.
- Jaws: Not necessarily as a whole, but Peter Benchley wished he had the classic "You're gonna need a bigger boat" in his novel.
- P.D. James was reportedly quite happy with how the film version of Children of Men came out and admitted that certain details from the movie (such as the Sterility Plague afflicting women instead of men) made more sense than in the novel.
- On the author's commentary for The Princess Bride film, William Goldman mentions wishing certain lines were in the book. Although he wrote the script, certain lines ("Dream of large women") were added to the film.
- Umberto Eco thinks that William Weaver's English translations of his novels are better than the originals.
- George R.R. Martin doesn't prefer Game of Thrones to his series of books that they are based off of, but he has gone on record that there are slight differences he wished he had thought of. In addition, he's apparently said that he might move some of the TV-only characters over to later books.
- Trent Reznor, describing hearing Johnny Cash's cover of "Hurt", stated that "that song isn't mine anymore."
- Apparently, Dolly Parton said the same thing about Whitney Houston's cover of "I Will Always Love You."
- After Jimi Hendrix released his cover of "All Along the Watchtower", Bob Dylan publicly stated that he was going to start playing the Hendrix version instead of his own in the future.
- Small example, but after Joe Cocker's version of "With a Little Help from My Friends" changed the line "what would you think if I sang out of tune" to "what would you do if I sang out of tune", even Ringo Starr started using the modified lyrics.
- Arthur Miller thought Dustin Hoffman's performance as Willy Loman was the definitive portrayal of the character, surpassing even Miller's original Willy, Lee J. Cobb.