Revolutionary_Jack on Oct 10th 2018 at 11:57:54 AM
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Revolutionary_Jack on Oct 15th 2018 at 10:20:32 AM
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In most cases, when a work gets adapted into a movie, a play, an opera, a comic, a musical, a videogame, and for that matter even a book, you instantly have a crowd who catalogues changes and differences from adaptation to adaptation. Regardless of whether something is successful or not, there will be audiences who insist that the original source in whatever medium is better than the adaptation. This becomes especially heated if the work that succeeds commercially is held to have made severe changes to the material and yet those changes become how many perceive the original work.
Then there are the exceptions. Those works which after being adapted turn out to be accepted by a good consensus of the public and the critics to be superior to the original sources, and vastly innovative in that regard. These adaptations become the more influential and important works than the original sources, considered to be more artistic and more aesthetic.
This trope is related to but different from Better Than Canon. That relates entirely to fan-made content and fan-art. This is a case of a professional adaptation made for general exhibition that is based on a pre-existing source. In some cases it might be an adaptation by the same creator or the same original company. It can also refer to Expanded Universe where some prefer the expanded content over the source it derives and spins off from. It's entirely separate from sequels which are technically adaptations from the original sources and oftentimes by the same creator, but most of those entries are covered in Even Better Sequel. It also differs from Adaptation Displacement. This isn't about an adaptation being more famous than the original, it's about a fan and critical consensus saying that the adaptation is superior.
Since this is based on opinion. It's obviously a YMMV trope.
- Carl Barks' take on Donald Duck and his supporting cast in the Disney Ducks Comics Universe is considered by fans and critics to have better characterization than the classic cartoons. It has also had a more diverse influence, on the likes of Osamu Tezuka, George Lucas and Robert Crumb compared to the cartoons.
- The M*A*S*H TV Show is considered better than the movie. It's certainly had a bigger cultural and social impact than the film did.
- Mozart's Don Giovanni is considered greater than the original Don Juan plays in Spanish and French. It is considered the most significant artistic adaptation of the Don Juan legend.
- Batman: The Animated Series is considered by some to be the definitive take on the Batman mythos, better than any movie and by some to be greater than the comics. Many comics creators openly admit to being more inspired by this cartoon in their takes on the character than anything else. Specifically many cite the Mr. Freeze of the show to be the ultimate version of the character.
- Batman: Under the Red Hood is considered greater than the original comic by Judd Winick, notably by author Judd Winick himself.
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