"Trying to apply it to any complex or rounded character almost always causes arguments and natter."
...soooo they should
have the banner? yes?
^ i think all the Adaptation X
tropes are subjective basically because of Trope Decay
. Adaptation Distillation
is supposed to be when the adaptation takes a complex story and simplifies it. people, however, keep using it to mean "this adaptation is better than the original," or at least it's better than some other adaptation... probably from the idea that simpler = better or just the fact that distilled liquor is, well, stronger.
similarly, Adaptation Decay
is when the adaptation distorts certain key aspects of the story. the most common usage in the wiki, though, is that "this adaptation SUCKS." sure, that distortion of key elements can make the adaptation suck, but the trope isn't there to judge that. however, fans will be fans and so the trope is hopelessly subjective by now.
do we intend to get actions out of this thread? i would just add a bunch of these tropes to YMMV, but i don't know how to do that in cases where everything inside an index should have a banner.