Suggested By

A work lightly kissed by the original may credit it as "suggested by." This adaptation credit is used for Derivative Works which depart massively from the original.

Just to be clear, this page is only for works that outright state they have been "suggested by" some earlier work, or have explicit Word of God saying so.

Compare Inspired By. Arguably a sort of lampshaded In Name Only, for better or worse.


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  • Scrooged, the modern day retelling of A Christmas Carol.
  • The movie I, Robot is "suggested by Isaac Asimov's book," which in this case hints that the adaptation is In Name Only. It includes several of the themes and even character names from the original collection of short stories, but is a completely different plot that contradicts some of the basic aspects of the setting (like robots being common and legal on Earth outside of U.S. Robotics facilities, instead of restricted to off-planet use).
  • Children of Men, mixed with Adaptation Distillation for a change.
  • John Irving demanded and got Suggested By credit for Simon Birch, the Glurgey Adaptation Decayed movie version of A Prayer for Owen Meany.
  • The Sound of Music was "suggested by The Trapp Family Singers," meaning that it was Very Loosely Based on a True Story.
  • The Terminator ends with "acknowledgment to the works of Harlan Ellison" in TV airings and video releases - James Cameron admitted he got inspiration from The Outer Limits (1963) episodes Ellison wrote, and following a lawsuit, that disclaimer was created.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is officially "suggested by" the novel On Stranger Tides by Tim Powers.
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is credited as being suggested by the short story of the same name by Ray Bradbury. The story focuses on two men in a lighthouse which is destroyed by a massive, plesiosaur-like sea monster drawn by the sound of the foghorn. The movie tells a vastly different story of a crocodile-like dinosaur being freed from its slumber in the arctic by an atomic bomb and going on a rampage along the east coast, with one of its many targets being a lighthouse like in the story. After the movie was released, the story's name was changed to "The Foghorn" to distinguish the two.
  • For a much older example, there's The Black Cat from 1934, which says it is "Suggested by the immortal Edgar Allen Poe classic".

  • Sergey Lukyanenko's novel Line of Delirium uses race and planet names from the game Master of Orion, but this has absolutely no bearing on the storyline. In fact, the author takes plenty of liberties with the racial descriptions and changes the nature of some outright (the Darlock turns out to be not shapeshifters but snake-like symbiotes, and the Mrrshan are foxes not Cat Folk). The first book doesn't even bother giving a nod to the game. The sequel, Emperors of Illisons has a small blurb at the end to that effect. Really, the author could've easily changed the race and planet names in the final draft, and the novel would lose absolutely nothing.
    • Additionally, the Meklar (of planet Meklon) are simply called Meklons.

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