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There seems to be a lot of natter on this page, which isn't all that surprising considering the topic. Is there anything that can be done to prevent opinions from creeping in?
This example describes in great detail why the original was very different and, in the opinion of the author, inferior to the adaptation rather than focusing on new material added to pad out a longer versions. It needs to be more in line with the trope's focus and written without inserting the editor into the entry.
Originally the "See also" section was much more complex — talking about concepts probably better handled in other articles:
Be mindful of where you place examples of Adaptation Decay, Adaptation Distillation, Compressed Adaptation, or Adaptation Expansion, as some combinations are not mutually exclusive. A compressed adaptation may decay or distill, or simply be shorter without being better or worse for the wear. For reference, imagine Decay and Distillation falling on an X axis while Expansion and Compression fall on a Y axis. (Though it's hard to Expand and Distill...)
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How the Hell can an Expansion be a Distillation? Doesn't Distillation mean "bring to the core essence"? And while that would not always require a compression, how would "the core essence" be made more visible in an expansion?!
Different media have different strengths. The original work may leave unshown or undescribed what the adaptation must show or describe. (For instance, in The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis describes the White Witch's minions as too horrible to describe — but, since the camera has to point that direction anyway while Aslan is being killed, a film has to show them.) If what the adaptation shows or describes pounds the original point home better than the original lack of description did, then it's a distillation.
Or you may be adapting a film into a book. You elect to recreate the inner thoughts of the hero even though the film had no narration. If the actor in the original film tended toward inappropriate Dull Surprise, you can easily get an improvement... IMO, many novelizations of action films are both Adaptation Expansions (since they always contain background the film didn't have room for) and Adaptation Distillations.
By taking a central idea of the original and adding plot to expand on it. "Expansion" doesn't always mean "excess". You could expand something by adding in something that is entirely in keeping with the work's "core essence"
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