Questions regarding the relationship of a story going from book format to movie format.

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Why are movies so different from the original books?

Recently reading both the books and watching the movies for "A Murder on the Orient Express" and "Ender's Game", I am curious as to why some of the details change when going from the book to producing ...
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Roman Mysteries: differences between books and TV adaptation?

The Roman Mysteries book series by Caroline Lawrence, published between 2001 and 2009, is a sort of ancient-history version of Enid Blyton, featuring four children who act as detectives solving ...
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Why was the character Coldhands not introduced in Season 4, when he was in the books?

In the book A Dance with Dragons; Coldhands is the one who leads Bran and the rest to the Three Eyed Raven, but in the TV series Game of Thrones this character is never introduced. Why is that? There ...
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How many adaptations of his books has John le Carre appeared in?

In the recent BBC TV series adaptation of John le Carre's novel The Night Manager, the man himself made a cameo appearance in one of the scenes, placing his seal of approval on the adaptation. The ...
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Why was Jeyne Westerling replaced by Talisa Maegyr in Game of Thrones?

"Clash Of Kings" has whereas nothing as such is seen in Game of Thrones with the inclusion of Lady Talisa. What are the reasons for such a change?
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Does the White Walker induction ceremony exist in the books?

On what basis or with what reference was the White Walker induction ceremony included in the Game of Thrones episode "Oathkeeper" (S04E04) and where is it referred to in the books?
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How loyal has Cronenberg been to the William S. Burroughs book Naked Lunch?

I want to know which parts and concepts in the movie Naked Lunch are based on the book and which parts are added by Cronenberg. For example: killing the wife twice by gun kiki's character and his ...
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Why wasn't the poltergeist Peeves in the Harry Potter movies?

In the Harry Potter book series, Peeves is a poltergeist that roams the hallways causing trouble. He never really adds anything essential to the plot line, but his scenes are amusing. Obviously they ...
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What is the difference between the ending of the novel Kimball Ravenswood and the movie 'What's Your Raashee?'?

What's Your Raashee? is based on Madhu Rye's novel Kimball Ravenswood. It is said that the film has a different ending than the novel and than the older adaptation Mr. Yogi (TV series), too. I do ...
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How far does the depiction of the pirates' characters match the book?

The pirates that capture Captain Phillips seem to be given rather typical roles in the movie: There is Muse, the leader and voice of reason (compared to the others at least), struggling to keep ...
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What was the first book-to-film adaptation?

I've been doing my research about film adaptation. The object is a novel and film of "To Kill a Mockingbird". Now, I've seen on wikipedia that the first film that ever been adapted was Greed in 1924 ...
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Why was there no narration in The Hunger Games?

The movie The Hunger Games is based on Suzanne Collin’s book of the same name. The narrative of the book is completely in the first person, with a lot of detail coming from the thoughts of Katniss ...
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Were the characters of Tiwana, Lydia, and Calvin also in the book?

In the movie, Standing Up, there is an act that deals with Howie and Grace getting on a bus belonging to a different camp. This leads to a potential confrontation with racial undertones which, at ...
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Three Days of the Condor - communications protocols. Script vs movie adaptation

Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor has always been one of my favourite movies, not only in regards to the spy movie genre but in general. I have known for a long time that the novel on which ...
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Did The Big Short movie change names or conflate characters?

The movie The Big Short is based on the true story of the 2008 financial crisis as told by Michael Lewis in his book of the same name. The movie does a very good job of telling a story full of ...
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How is the Wachowskis' interpretation not up to the mark according to Alan Moore?

Alan Moore didn't acknowledge any film adaptation of his work positively but why did he say that the Wachowskis' film adaptation of V for Vendetta is themed like Bush-era and not like the original ...
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Is there a reason to use a two word phrase in the Harry Potter movie for the “Lumos” spell?

In the Harry Potter movies the editors sometimes decided to make the "Lumos" spell from the books sound a bit longer. The actors say "Lumos Maxima" instead of just "Lumos". Is there a special ...
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Why are the movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series in a random order?

The movie adaptations of the Robert Langdon book series have been released in the wrong order. The order of the books is "Angels & Demons", "The Da Vinci Code", "The Lost Symbol", and then ...
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Why is the ending to the film adaptation of “Hannibal” completely different from the novel?

At the end of the movie, Hannibal escapes and leaves Clarice behind. However, the book ends with Hannibal drugging Clarice and the two of them running off together. Why was the ending changed for the ...
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Where is Hannibal's extra finger?

In the TV series Hannibal, a prequel to Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal clearly has a normal set of digits. But, in the book Hannibal, set after Silence of the Lambs, there is great discussion about ...
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When making a movie on a book, is the author of the book present?

I have always wondered if the author of a book is present when making a movie. For example, the new movie Scorch Trials that just came out is so much different from the book, that it is hard to ...
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Why was 'The Hobbit' split into three films?

So, I kinda always just assumed that splitting such a short book into three films was a money-grubbing move, and frankly, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if that was at least part of the reason that ...
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What has changed in Season 5 of Game of Thrones compared to the books?

It has been a while since I read the books, but season 5 feels totally different from what I remember. I don't remember Sansa being raped (she wasn't in Winterfell), Tyrion meeting Mormont and Jaime ...
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What is the meaning behind Pussy Galore's name?

While I was watching James Bond 007 - Goldfinger on TV, I remember a lesson I had back in high school. We were learning about how movies are affected/released by what is going on in society. We looked ...
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Was Frodo Baggins in the original version of The Hobbit?

I see from the trailers for the new Hobbit film that Frodo Baggins is in it. It has been a while since I read the book but I don't remember Frodo being in it. Was his addition only for the movie ...
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Has an attempt ever been made to film The 3 Investigators series of books?

As a huge fan of the 3 Investigators my interest has been piqued to discover whether a television series or film has ever approached production and been subsequently cancelled. Any information at ...
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Was there any further relevance to the triceratops' desease?

During our protagonists' first drive through Jurassic Park they come to a sick triceratops. One of the park employees says that she gets sick every 6 weeks and they don't know why. Dr. Sattler deduces ...
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Was “The Black Echo”'s diegetic existence merely a nod to the books or an element from the books?

When Bosch spends the night with Brasher in his hill house overviewing L.A. and she notes that it is quite a view for a detective, he says that "Paramount payed that view". He tells her that the movie ...
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How many seasons of Game of Thrones will there be by the time it finishes?

Does anyone know how many seasons the Game of Thrones TV series will run for before it is concluded, and will this match up with the number of A Song of Ice and Fire books? If so, is each book ...
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Movie Seventh Son any tie to Orson Scott Card book?

I was just looking on IMDB and saw the trailer listed for the movie Seventh Son. I originally wondered if this movie is in anyway connect to the book by Orson Scott Card of the same name. Looking ...
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Why did the ending change in the Fight Club Adaptation?

Recently finishing up the book Fight Club after being a fan of the movie for so long. While the movie retains most of the dialogue and several tones of the book, one giant contrast is now present to ...
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Has the book 'Non - Stop' by Brian Aldiss ever been adapted for film/tv?

Non-Stop from Brian Aldiss is a sci-fi novel I've just read and would like to see if anyone has used it as a base story for a film, or even maybe a TV episode (Star Trek for example). As far as I'm ...
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Why is Game of Thrones aimed at such a mature audience?

I've watched the first series and I'm currently reading the book. What strikes me the most is how much extra gore and sex has been added for the TV series. I believe most of the DVDs released in the ...
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Were Neville's feelings for Luna foreshadowed earlier?

During the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 after his run from the shattered footbridge, an adrenaline-struck Neville Longbottom runs up the stairs where he meets ...
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Why does the film Beautiful Creatures differ so drastically from the book?

We watched Beautiful Creatures last night, I've read the book and even I was confused at points. Extra ideas were added, large amounts were cut. From memory Marilyn and Ama's characters were ...
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Why don't they try digging in Under the Dome?

In The TV Series Under the Dome, Military used MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) to remove the dome problem but why not they try digging into the ground? I mean military can use non electronic method to try ...
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When was the first time an author directed the adaptation of their own book?

Stephen Chbosky wrote The Perks of Being a Wallflower and also directed the movie adaptation. Has this been done before?
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Why is the ending of Forrest Gump different from the novel?

I have read the book Forrest Gump and also watched the Forrest Gump movie version. In the movie version at the end of movie, Jenny told Forrest that she was suffering from HIV/AIDS virus then she ...
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What are the specific parallels between Shakespeare's The Tempest and Forbidden Planet?

It is often said that the classic 50s movie Forbidden Planet is basically just a remake of The Tempest, Shakesepeare's last play. (The original credits don't reference this.) Is this right? What are ...
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Why was the family's viewpoint not shown in the movie?

At the beginning of Captain Phillips we see some scenes of him together with his wife Andrea, driving to the airport and talking about their children. Later his family is mentioned rather rarely, he ...
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To which degree was the image of the “Angel of Verdun” influenced by Jeanne d'Arc?

After Rita Vrataski proved herself a war hero in the battle of Verdun prior to the events of Edge of Tomorrow she became known and advertized as the "Angel of Verdun", a symbol of hope and a possible ...
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Did Kurosawa make so many Shakespeare-adaptations to avoid censorship?

Shortly after World War II the Americans did observe and censor the newly made movies in Japan. Did Kurosawa make that many Shakespeare-adaptations in that time, because it was easier to get them ...
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Why didn't Hans Huberman slap Liesel in the movie, like he did in the book?

I have read (The Book Thief) right before watching the movie. I know there are a lot of changes to make the adaption from novel to screen possible, but I couldn't help noticing that Hans Huberman ...
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How faithful is “American Sniper” to the book?

I loved American Sniper, but one thing that bugged me was that his spotter was always depicted as a lazy do-nothing. In the real world, snipers work as a two man team and the spotter is just as ...
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Most faithful Dracula book adaptation (motion film /animation)

I recently reread the book Dracula by Bram Stoker and I am searching for a movie that resembles the book closest. The 1992 film Dracula seems to have gotten only decent reviews and the love story ...
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What will happen when the TV series catches up with the books?

The TV show Game of Thrones is approaching it's 5th series and is rumoured to be adapted from A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, these are the 4th and 5th books of the Song of Ice and Fire ...
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Is Miss Moneypenny's character altered in the movies?

Has the character of Miss Moneypenny in the movies Skyfall, or the upcoming Spectre, been altered at all from its source material (the Ian Flemming novels)?
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Is James Bond explicitly described as caucasian in Ian Fleming's books? [closed]

There is currently some controversy over the subject of James Bond's race since a minor celebrity has stated that Idris Elba would not be a good casting choice because James is "caucasian". Was James ...
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When is it safe to watch The Hobbit while reading the book? [closed]

So, I've read that the first movie covers the six first chapters of the book, and it features some parts from LOTR (either book or movie, I'm not sure). But since I'm still reading The Hobbit (book), ...
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What are the key differences between the movie Edge of Tomorrow and the original book?

Edge of Tomorrow is based on a original Japanese book, All You Need is Kill (I still think that would also have been a better movie title). In some of the answers about the movie there are hints ...