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* ''Literature''AnansiBoys'' is a lighter book set in the same world as ''Literature/AmericanGods''

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* ''Literature''AnansiBoys'' ''Literature/AnansiBoys'' is a lighter book set in the same world as ''Literature/AmericanGods''

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*''Literature''AnansiBoys'' is a lighter book set in the same world as ''Literature/AmericanGods''

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* ''Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark'' has [[{{Bowdlerise}} new illustrations]] by Brett Helquist, which are pretty tame compared to Stephen Gammell's [[NightmareFuel original artwork]] for the trilogy.

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** And now in 2018, there's going to be Warhammer Adventures which aims to introduce 8-12 year olds into the Warhammer 40K and Age of Sigmar backgrounds. The emphasis will be on adventure and lessons in courage, friendship and diversity (um..what world is this again?).


* ''Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch'' is a 1991 children's book which depicts the medieval artist Creator/HieronymusBosch as a CloudCuckoolander-type, and not as a person who painted singularly bleak and moralistic visions of Hell.

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* ''Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch'' is a 1991 children's book which depicts the medieval artist Creator/HieronymusBosch as a CloudCuckoolander-type, CloudCuckoolander who has an array of surreal creatures as his companions, and not as a person who painted singularly bleak and moralistic visions of Hell.

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* In the ''Literature/BlackJewels'' series, the two "Cassidy books" (''The Shadow Queen'' and ''Shalador's Lady'') are like this compared to the original trilogy. The world has already been saved, so there's more narrative focus on healing, rebuilding, and dealing with smaller problems. There is much less on-screen violence and abuse, and main characters' traumatic backstories are less overwhelming than those of the original protagonists: Gray in the Cassidy books was held prisoner and tortured by an evil Queen for a few years as a teenager, whereas Daemon in the original trilogy had been a SexSlave for ''centuries.'' And the cute little talking Shelties get more page time.


* ''The Deptford Mouselets'' series contains considerably less violence than the books in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy from which they spun off. There are still some frightening moments, but little to no gore, and their tone is more lighthearted.

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* ''The Deptford Mouselets'' series contains considerably less violence than the books in Creator/RobinJarvis' Creator/RobinJarvis's ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy from which they spun off. There are still some frightening moments, but little to no gore, and their tone is more lighthearted.

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* ''The Deptford Mouselets'' series contains considerably less violence than the books in Creator/RobinJarvis' ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' trilogy from which they spun off. There are still some frightening moments, but little to no gore, and their tone is more lighthearted.


* The ''Literature/WarriorCats'' graphic novels (aside from ''The Rise of Scourge''), compared to the main series: they tend to have more comedic parts, the plot is usually less fighting-focused, and violence is usually bloodless and sometimes even accompanied by goofy sound effects.


* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]] spin-off series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent , focusing on the dragons themselves, is written for very young readers.

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* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]] spin-off series The ''The Dragons of Wayward Crescent , Crescent'', focusing on the dragons themselves, is written for very young readers.


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* ''Literature/SeekerBears'' is pretty tame by Creator/ErinHunter standards. Sure, characters have {{Family Unfriendly Death}}s, however they're few and far between. This is in strong contrast to ''Literature/WarriorCats'', which features at least three major deaths per book (and often in graphic detail). The violence is also toned down compared to its sister-series'. Characters don't bleed that much despite all their clawing and biting.


* The ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' novellas are a series of ''relatively'' lighter and softer prequels to the [[BlackAndGrayMorality extremely dark]] ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', but still not exactly "kid-friendly". Still, [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism considering the main series]], it's saying a lot. More importantly it plays as a straighter and more sincere exploration of chivalry rather than the brutal {{Deconstruction}} of the main series. Nevertheless, Martin manages to deconstruct ''[[UpToEleven even the concept]] of applying LighterAndSofter'' to a setting as dark as [[CrapsackWorld Westeros]]. [[spoiler: ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'' clarifies that while yes, Aegon V's experiences as "Egg" led him to a greater sense of empathy for the people, it also left him [[WideEyedIdealist an idealist]] in a DeadlyDecadentCourt [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism far on the scale's cynical end]]. Lacking the necessary experience in {{Realpolitik}} and the willingness to ShootTheDog, his attempts to pass humane reforms for the smallfolk [[CurbStompBattle didn't fly with the High Lords]]. [[GoodIsImpotent Very little good came of his reign]] and [[DyingAlone he spent his last days]] trying to (unsuccessfully) [[SummonBiggerFish resurrect the dragons]].[[note]] For the uninitiated, dragons in Westeros are blatant {{Fantastic Nuke}}s.[[/note]]]]

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* The ''Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg'' novellas are a series of ''relatively'' lighter and softer prequels to the [[BlackAndGrayMorality extremely dark]] ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', but still not exactly "kid-friendly". Still, [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism considering the main series]], it's saying a lot. More importantly it plays as a straighter and more sincere exploration of chivalry rather than the brutal {{Deconstruction}} of the main series. Nevertheless, Martin manages to deconstruct ''[[UpToEleven even the concept]] of applying LighterAndSofter'' to a setting as dark as [[CrapsackWorld Westeros]]. [[spoiler: ''Literature/TheWorldOfIceAndFire'' clarifies that while yes, Aegon V's experiences as "Egg" led him to a greater sense of empathy for the people, it also left him [[WideEyedIdealist an idealist]] in a DeadlyDecadentCourt [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism far on the scale's cynical end]]. Lacking the necessary experience in {{Realpolitik}} and the willingness to ShootTheDog, his attempts to pass humane reforms for the smallfolk [[CurbStompBattle didn't fly with the High Lords]]. [[GoodIsImpotent Very little good came of his reign]] and [[DyingAlone he spent his last days]] trying to (unsuccessfully) [[SummonBiggerFish resurrect the dragons]].[[note]] For the uninitiated, dragons in Westeros are blatant {{Fantastic Nuke}}s.[[/note]]]]


* HenrikDrescher's children's book ''Literature/LovetheBeastie'' is much lighter and softer in tone than its predecessor ''Literature/PattheBeastie'' due to Paul and Judy treating their pet Beastie in a more friendly manner rather than torturing the Beastie like they did in the first book.

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* HenrikDrescher's Creator/HenrikDrescher's children's book ''Literature/LovetheBeastie'' ''Literature/LoveTheBeastie'' is much lighter and softer in tone than its predecessor ''Literature/PattheBeastie'' due to Paul and Judy treating their pet Beastie in a more friendly manner rather than torturing the Beastie like they did in the first book.


* The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'' by Creator/TerranceDicks often softened more mean-spirited elements of the plots to fit what Dicks considered to be the show's moral code. An obvious example is in his version of "The Sunmakers", where, after murdering the oppressive government official who is driving them to suicide, the rebels feel like they have done something awful and express shame that it was necessary. In the original story, after they kill him, a huge cheer goes up and the people immediately start partying.

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* The ''Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations'' by Creator/TerranceDicks often softened more mean-spirited elements of the plots to fit what Dicks considered to be the show's moral code. An obvious example is in his version of "The Sunmakers", "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E4TheSunmakers The Sunmakers]]", where, after murdering the oppressive government official who is driving them to suicide, the rebels feel like they have done something awful and express shame that it was necessary. In the original story, after they kill him, a huge cheer goes up and the people immediately start partying.


* ''Literature/TheWayBack'': Instead of showing us social problems like "Literature/ADeadlyPresence" did, we get a lyrical book about a woman who has to deal with pain and loss.

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* ''Literature/TheWayBack'': Instead of showing us social problems like "Literature/ADeadlyPresence" did, we get a lyrical book about a woman who has to deal with pain and loss.

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