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* AdaptationalSexuality: Rob in the series, along with [[GenderFlip being female]], is bisexual, while both the previous incarnations were straight.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Charlie's dialogue is either narrated over or muffled during Rob's flashbacks. If you listen closely, you can hear how pretentious and boring she is while Rob talks about how wonderful she was. When Rob meets Charlie against in his 30s, her dialogue is a little more clear as he finally catches onto what an awful person she is.


** Rob, who's white in every other version, has been reimagined as biracial, in addition to being [[GenrderFlip genderflipped]], for the series.

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** Rob, who's white in every other version, has been reimagined as biracial, in addition to being [[GenrderFlip genderflipped]], [[GenderFlip gender flipped]], for the series.



** SeriesRob receives quite an epic one in episode nine.

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** SeriesRob Series Rob receives quite an epic one in episode nine.


** Rob, who's white in every other version, has been reimagined as biracial for the series.

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** Rob, who's white in every other version, has been reimagined as biracial biracial, in addition to being [[GenrderFlip genderflipped]], for the series.


* YourCheatingHeart:
** In the book, Rob thinks Laura tricked him into admitting he was interested in someone else.
** In the film, one of the things that led to their breakup was:
### him cheating on her...
### while she was pregnant (she knew but hadn't told him yet)...
### which led her to get an abortion, which he only found out about way later after making what was intended to be a bad joke about having kids and reducing her to tears (and he promptly flew into "an ill-advised bout of self-righteousness" about it and only made things worse).
** In the series, Rob discovers that one of her boyfriends was cheating... with his ''preexisting'' girlfriend.


** In the film, [[{{Manchild}} Barry]] is introduced by him barging into the store playing air-guitar, insulting his coworkers/boss, and then playing 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves on the radio without realizing/caring that Rob has just broken up with Laura. His literal first words are "Holy Shi-ite!"

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** In the film, we are introduced to [[{{Manchild}} Barry]] is introduced by him barging when he barges into the store while playing air-guitar, insulting insults his coworkers/boss, and then playing plays 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves on the radio without realizing/caring that Rob has just broken up with Laura. His literal first words are "Holy Shi-ite!"


** In both novel and film, Barry chewing out a middle-aged customer for ''daring'' to ask if the shop has a copy of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Music/StevieWonder really sets out what an obnoxious superior JerkAss he is. What makes it worse is that the customer clearly establishes that ''he's buying the record for someone else''.

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** In the film, [[{{Manchild}} Barry]] is introduced by him barging into the store playing air-guitar, insulting his coworkers/boss, and then playing 'Walking on Sunshine' by Katrina and the Waves on the radio without realizing/caring that Rob has just broken up with Laura. His literal first words are "Holy Shi-ite!"
** In both novel and film, Barry chewing chews out a middle-aged customer for ''daring'' to ask [[DisproportionateRetribution if the shop has a copy of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" You"]] by Music/StevieWonder really sets out what an obnoxious superior JerkAss he is. What makes it worse is that the customer clearly establishes that ''he's buying the record for someone else''.



* FlatCharacter: Barry is a much shallower character in the film than in the book. In the book, he's an obnoxious tosspot, but also extremely lonely, and bitter as a consequence. In the film, he's played by Creator/JackBlack.

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* FlatCharacter: Barry is a much shallower character in the film than in the book. In the book, he's an obnoxious tosspot, but also extremely lonely, and bitter as a consequence. In the film, he's played by Creator/JackBlack.Creator/JackBlack at his Jack Blackiest.

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* DecompositeCharacter: In the series, it appears that the character of Laura is split between Mac (the ex who broke Robís heart) and Clyde (a nice person whoís ambivalent about getting back together with Rob).


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* TruerToTheText: The series, unlike the film, opens with the same line the book does and includes the scene where a vengeful ex-wife attempts to sell Rob her husbandís record collection.


** Marie [=LaSalle=] in the novel becomes Marie ''de''Salle in the film, probably for euphony more than anything else.

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** Marie [=LaSalle=] in the novel becomes Marie ''de''Salle in the film, probably for euphony to make it spund more than anything else.like Creator/MarquisDeSade.


Rob, recalling his five most memorable breakups, sets about getting in touch with the former girlfriends. Eventually, Rob's re-examination of his failed relationships and the death of Laura's father bring the two of them back together just as Rob revives his disc jockey career. Realizing that his fear of commitment being a result of his fear of death of those around him, and his tendency to act on emotion are responsible for his continuing desires to pursue new women, Rob makes a symbolic commitment to Laura.

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Rob, recalling his five most memorable breakups, sets about getting in touch with the former girlfriends. Eventually, Rob's re-examination of his failed relationships and the death of Laura's father bring the two of them back together just as Rob revives his disc jockey career. Realizing that his fear of commitment being is a result of his fear of death of those around him, and his tendency to act on emotion are is responsible for his continuing desires desire to pursue new women, Rob makes a symbolic commitment to Laura.


* AdaptationExpansion: The Kinky Wizards were not in the book (though Rob at one point muses upon the idea of starting a label).

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* AdaptationExpansion: AdaptationExpansion:
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The Kinky Wizards were not in the book (though Rob at one point muses upon the idea of starting a label).



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: In both novel and film, Barry chewing out a middle-aged customer for ''daring'' to ask if the shop has a copy of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Music/StevieWonder really sets out what an obnoxious superior JerkAss he is. What makes it worse is that the customer clearly establishes that ''he's buying the record for someone else''.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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In both novel and film, Barry chewing out a middle-aged customer for ''daring'' to ask if the shop has a copy of "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Music/StevieWonder really sets out what an obnoxious superior JerkAss he is. What makes it worse is that the customer clearly establishes that ''he's buying the record for someone else''.



* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: Barry sarcastically labels Hasselhof a German during a conversation.



* HeelRealization: Early on, Laura's friend Liz storms into the shop, calls Rob a "fucking asshole" and storms out again, following which Rob realizes that Laura must have told Liz all of the nasty things Rob did to her during their relationship. He then admits that Liz is absolutely right.

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* HeelRealization: HeelRealization:
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Early on, Laura's friend Liz storms into the shop, calls Rob a "fucking asshole" and storms out again, following which Rob realizes that Laura must have told Liz all of the nasty things Rob did to her during their relationship. He then admits that Liz is absolutely right.



* IgnoredEpiphany: Despite his HeelRealization above, immediately afterwards Rob goes right back to rationalizing away his actions and becomes, if anything, even ''more'' self-absorbed and inconsiderate than he was previously, not less.

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* IgnoredEpiphany: IgnoredEpiphany:
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Despite his HeelRealization above, immediately afterwards Rob goes right back to rationalizing away his actions and becomes, if anything, even ''more'' self-absorbed and inconsiderate than he was previously, not less.



* IndulgentFantasySegue: Three in a row, dealing with how Rob ''wants'' to deal with Ian when the latter shows up at the store to talk about Laura man-to-man. The first time he loudly tells Ian off; the second time, he threatens him with violence and sends him running from the store like a coward. It culminates with a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown where Rob, Dick and Barry lay him out and crush his head with an air conditioner unit. What ''actually'' happens is Rob reacts like a sensible person and says he'll consider Ian's suggestion to drop the matter.

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* IndulgentFantasySegue: IndulgentFantasySegue:
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Three in a row, dealing with how Rob ''wants'' to deal with Ian when the latter shows up at the store to talk about Laura man-to-man. The first time he loudly tells Ian off; the second time, he threatens him with violence and sends him running from the store like a coward. It culminates with a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown where Rob, Dick and Barry lay him out and crush his head with an air conditioner unit. What ''actually'' happens is Rob reacts like a sensible person and says he'll consider Ian's suggestion to drop the matter.



* InUniverseSoundtrack: Most of the songs in the film soundtrack are played InUniverse by Rob and his employees in the record store. This includes a cover of Music/MarvinGaye's "Let's Get It On" performed by Creator/JackBlack, whose character Barry sings it in the film.

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* InUniverseSoundtrack: InUniverseSoundtrack:
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Most of the songs in the film soundtrack are played InUniverse by Rob and his employees in the record store. This includes a cover of Music/MarvinGaye's "Let's Get It On" performed by Creator/JackBlack, whose character Barry sings it in the film.



* KavorkaMan: Downplayed in Rob's case: he fully expects the reader to be baffled as to how, in spite of the fact that he is grumpy, moody, runs a failing business, hangs out with his two employees who are even more pathetic than him and spends his life obsessing about vinyl records, he has nevertheless had sex with seventeen women in the course of his thirty-odd years, including a moderately famous American singer-songwriter.

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* KavorkaMan: KavorkaMan:
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Downplayed in Rob's case: he fully expects the reader to be baffled as to how, in spite of the fact that he is grumpy, moody, runs a failing business, hangs out with his two employees who are even more pathetic than him and spends his life obsessing about vinyl records, he has nevertheless had sex with seventeen women in the course of his thirty-odd years, including a moderately famous American singer-songwriter.



* ShoutOut: ''Several'' when Rob, Dick, and Barry discuss music (since they work at a record store, this is rather frequent).

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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''Several'' when Rob, Dick, and Barry discuss music (since they work at a record store, this is rather frequent).



* TakeThatAudience: In the book, after listing the four worst things he'd done to Laura, Rob challenges the reader, before judging him, to list the worst things they've done to their partners, ''especially'' if the partners don't know about them:

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* TakeThatAudience: TakeThatAudience:
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In the book, after listing the four worst things he'd done to Laura, Rob challenges the reader, before judging him, to list the worst things they've done to their partners, ''especially'' if the partners don't know about them:



* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Dad died."]] Or in the series, [[spoiler: Rob admitting she cheated on Mac the very night they got engaged!]]

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[[spoiler: "Dad died."]] Or in the series, [[spoiler: Rob admitting she cheated on Mac the very night they got engaged!]]


* MsFanservice: Charlie played by Creator/CatherineZetaJones. So much Rob feels insecure about dating her.

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* MsFanservice: Charlie MsFanservice:
** The film has Charlie,
played by Creator/CatherineZetaJones. So much Rob feels insecure about dating her.


** The Hulu series stretches to ten episodes, adding new characters such as Rob's brother. While the book is the longest form of this story, the series is a semi-remake of a two hour movie.



** The series does this again, moving to Brooklyn, New York.



* GenderFlip: Rob is made a woman in the series.

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* GenderFlip: Rob is made a woman in the series. Barry is replaced by Cherise, a black woman.



** The series has Rob confessing, relatively late, about something utterly terrible she did. Redeeming this somewhat is her dawning knowledge that she is a "fucking asshole".



** Averted somewhat in the series. Rob admits something bad she did, but seems to, if not fully come to terms with it, at least seem genuinely sorry about it and doesn't choose a destructive path.



** The series has a nice little scene echoing this, where once again, Rob imagines assaulting the new lover of the object of her desire.



** In the series, much of the music is diagetic, being played in the record store, in headphones when a character puts them on, or from other sources such as phones or laptops.



** The series is similarly warm and has comedic elements, missing some of the darker events or themes of the novel.



** In the series, Zoe Kravitz is seen topless or otherwise showing a lot of skin a couple of times. It's not blatantly fanservice, but neither is it 100% plot-necessary.



** Barry is now Cherise, a black woman.



** SeriesRob receives quite an epic one in episode nine.



** Played with in the series. Vinyl went through a resurgence and in 2020 record stores are still a thing. However, the store also carries cassettes, which one minor character finds odd. Simon, the clerk who replaced the Dick character, admits to still using cassettes as they're "weird and warm".



* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Dad died."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Dad died."]]"]] Or in the series, [[spoiler: Rob admitting she cheated on Mac the very night they got engaged!]]


->''What came first, the music or the misery?''

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->''What came first, the music or the misery?''

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* ButNotTooBi: The series has Rob be shown as dating a woman previously, although most of her exes are men in the flashbacks. She is never seen involved with nor even attracted to women in the present.

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