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Adaptation Sequence

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This is where a work is adapted, then the adaptation is adapted, and so forth. The adaptations pile on a ridiculous number of times, usually resulting in the actual source material appearing completely unrelated.

This is often done to capitalize on a popular franchise, especially when an expired copyright is involved...

It's important to note that this is not necessarily a bad thing, as the adapted works sometimes end up being genuinely good, or at least lucrative.

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This trope often results in (and is not to be confused with) Recursive Adaptation, Adaptation Displacement, Lost in Imitation, and Adaptation Overdosed.


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  • Parodied by the Neopets item "LDPBSTSCC", which stands for Lost Desert Paint Brush Stamp T-Shirt Collectable Card. Indeed, it is a collectable card depicting someone wearing a shirt depicting a stamp depicting a Lost Desert Paint Brush.

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