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Truer To The Text
If a book or comic becomes sufficiently popular, it will almost definitely get a TV show or a movie. While some fans rejoice upon hearing that their favorite series is getting an adaptation, all too often the hardcore fans will find themselves bitterly disappointed, and problems are especially likely to surface when the story is ongoing and the staff has to work with incomplete source material. The result of such circumstances tends to be a Base Breaker.

Sometimes, these complaints are heard, and the result is a Truer To The Text adaptation. When this happens, the story gets another adaptation, or at least go out of their way to cover what they missed out on last time. This time there will be no annoying additions, no alternate ending, no important details ignored, just the original story, pure and proper. If done well, the fandom will probably be quite pleased.

However, it's important to keep in mind that this is not necessarily a good thing. Sometimes being more faithful is a technicality rather than anything significant. Consider the following with anything on the example listing.
  • However divergent, a series' first adaptation will probably at least begin with the same basic plot, which could give it a repetitious feel; the reboot starts by covering ground that's already trodden through multiple times.
  • Thus a related problem: the beginning might have to deviate from the original story to make a re-adapted story seem new. If the origin is incredibly simple, it may require the new origin to be more complicated and convoluted.
  • Not all fans of the movie/show actually read the source material, and are more familiar with the various adaptations. This means that they have no idea what they're supposed to be waiting for, so it might feel like this second version is just more of the same or, at worst, deviating from the original.
  • Depending on the differences between mediums, such as the inevitable problems that come with adapting a book into a film, "more faithful" does not necessarily equate to "better".
  • Sometimes the original media has had multiple Retools and possibly even a Cosmic Retcon every now and then, making it so that being faithful in one aspect of the original also makes it unfaithful to another aspect of the original.

This is a list of examples that have already been done or are in the works. Do NOT list a series unless it has been officially announced. Mere rumors are not enough.


Examples

Adapted from Comics

Adapted from Literature
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein were intended as faithful adaptations of two books that had been quite heavily changed in previous film adaptations. They had their own changes and quirks, though.
    • The 1977 BBC series of Dracula is a closer adaptation than the above, barely deviating from the novel at all.
  • The 2000 Dune miniseries took some liberties with Frank Herbert's book, but compared to the 1984 David Lynch movie, its fidelity is nigh-slavish.
  • The 1997 miniseries of The Shining was far closer to Stephen King's book with the huge exception of the Bowdlerised ending. This is a strong example of "more faithful" not equaling "better"
  • Tim Burton plays this straight with his adaptations of Planet of the Apes and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
  • The Coen Brothers said this was their intention when they made their film adaptation of True Grit.
  • Carson McCullers adapted her novel The Member of the Wedding for the stage herself, despite never having written a play before, to preempt the production of a more conventionally theatrical adaptation by another writer.
  • The first two Harry Potter films are noticeably closer to the text than the movies the followed. On the Sliding Scale of Adaptation Modification, the first two movies would score a "4" and the rest would score a "3". Fans are divided over which approach was better. Critics are less divided and prefer the later films (except for Roger Ebert).
  • John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) compared to The Thing from Another World. The older film used the beginning of the plot of them finding UFO in the ice and it containing and alien, but from there diverged quite a bit. Carpenter's version had the alien keep it's assimilation powers and overall stayed much closer to the plot of the book.
  • The 2011 version of Conan the Barbarian (2011), according to Word of God, was intended to be closer to the original Robert E. Howard novels than the 1982 film was. True, Conan isn't Made a Slave and forced to fight in Gladiator Games for years, but the plot is still original.
  • The American film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is often mistaken for a simple remake, when in fact it's an example of this trope: the Swedish film suffered from some really bizarre adaptational choices, whereas the American version was an almost 1:1 adaptation of the original book with some very minor cuts to make the story flow better.
  • Hook arguably captured the spirit of the Peter Pan books better than the Disney cartoons, despite being more of a sequel.
    • The 2003 live-action Peter Pan is a straighter example.
  • Return to Oz was closer to the style and tone of the original Land of Oz books than The Wizard of Oz.
  • The 1982 film adaptation of Ivanhoe is significantly closer to the source material than both the condensed 1952 film adaptation and the expanded 1997 miniseries adaptation.

Adapted from Manga

Adapted from Video Games

Adapted from Visual Novels
  • The anime version of Tsukihime left many fans quite bitter over how much it deviated from the source material, to the point of often being declared nonexistent. There was, however, a manga that retold the original story quite faithfully.

Adapted from Western Animation
  • The Inspector Gadget movie was heavily criticized for many reasons, one of them being unfaithful to the cartoon, like how Dr. Claw shows his face all the time when in the cartoon he never did, the sequel however, is much more faithful to the cartoon, like how Dr. Claw's face is unseen now, however, the reception for the sequel was still pretty negative.


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