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Based on an Advice Book

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"Anyone who reads advice books about romance has one problem to begin with: bad taste in literature."

Hollywood knows how to make commercially successful movies out of unpromising source material: Pragmatic Adaptation. Sometimes their source material is not only non-fiction but isn't even a narrative. That doesn't seem to deter Hollywood from making movies and TV shows out of advice books. Normally the plot will center on a character following, overtly or otherwise, the advice in the book, but there are In Name Only exceptions, such as Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex note .


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  • Parodied in one Bloom County strip, where Opus sees an ad for a star-studded new drama series that was apparently adapted from the book "Thin Thighs in 30 Days".

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  • Pat Boone published an advice book called 'Twixt Twelve and Twenty in 1958, whose title was recycled for a song of his a year later.

  • Cooking in a Bedsitter by Katherine Whitehorn (1961) was a combination of cookery and advice book about the practicalities of cooking in a one-room apartment ("There is one powerful smell closely associated with the making of coffee in bedsitters. It is the smell of burning plastic, and will go away if you move the handle of the pot away from the flame."). In 2016 it inspired The BBC to make a radio sitcom of the same name, about a woman living in a 1960s bedsitter.


    Video Games 
  • The Brain Age games are Minigame Games based on Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain, by Dr. Ryuta Kawashima.
  • Parodied in Telltale's Sam & Max: Freelance Police games, where almost every episode is claimed to be based on some sort of pamphlet that has nothing to do with the actual plot. This is a running gag from the original comics as well.
  • The video game series Soldier of Fortune is based on the magazine of the same name.