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I will try to stay away from what Christian has already posted which already is a great answer. I can answer this from a reader's perspective. Sherlock holmes stories by Doyle can be classified into Long stories and short stories. There are only 4 long stories of which 2 of them are already made into episodes two of them which haven't made it into episodes ...


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The books are just as graphic (and perhaps more so) than the show. Just keep reading. In fact, way before the TV show was a reality, the books' author had stated frequently that if his series was ever to be turned into a TV show that only HBO could do it, because they wouldn't cut out the whole lot of sex and violence that are in the books. True, there are a ...


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As mentioned by @DForck42, Peeves is not a central character in Harry Potter movies. On top of that, in the story Peeves is shown to be doing a lot of destruction (think flying objects, utensils). The film makers would not have wanted to spend precious dollars on doing SFX for a character who has no effect on the story and is very hard to recreate faithfully ...


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I found a very interesting article based on the differences between movie and the novel. I'll quote some of them, that should answer your question: Robert Zemeckis, director of Forrest Gump, chooses not to include several adventures that are present in the book and to change the character’s personality. This significant changes play an important ...


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It seems the women in James Bond's love life often have provocative names: Honey Rider, Dr. No (1961): 1960s sexual position name for reverse cowgirl Domino Vitali/Petachi, Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983): Dominatrix? Kissy Suzuki, You Only Live Twice (1967): "kissing machine"? Tiffany Case, Diamonds Are Forever (1971): beautiful ...


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The 'Fidelity Issue' has been a long term fixture on many (if not most) film/production and screenwriting qualifications. During my Degree we had an entire module named 'Adaptation', and for three weeks we discussed/researched this very question without verifiable success. It's unlikely you'll find a satisfactory answer to something so broad on here, but ...


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For starters, it might help to think about some of the differences that we experience when viewing a single movie made from a single book: Appearance/attractiveness of characters. Especially for those characters to whom we're attracted, the change of blond hair to brown, or dark skin to light can be jarring. This is always going to happen because film ...


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It looks like Frodo is being shoe-horned into The Hobbit to keep audiences happy (general audiences, mind you, not LotR fans who are not pleased with this news). According to a report from AICN: What’s Frodo doing in The Hobbit? I don’t want to spoil too much, but I can say that Frodo is part of the connecting tissue between The Hobbit and Fellowship of ...


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The movie is based on the novel of the same name.   From an interview with the author Seth Grahame-Smith (2010): When you got the idea for this book, were you thinking, “I sure do love Abe Lincoln, but I wish his story had more vampires?” Or was it, “I’m sick and tired of all these vampire novels without any historical context?” To be ...


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These kind of questions come here over and over when we talk about adaptations (books to movies, games to movies, comics to games, etc.) and it's really simple to answer: 1) Because movies aren't the same as books—the same applies to comics, games, manga, anime, etc. etc. Really, keep in mind that maybe the book could be a really incredible ...


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The vintage, collectors edition Mickey Mouse watch was a gift from Langdon's parents on his 10th Birthday. As per the book, Langdon has not owned any other watch after that. Quoting directly from the book: Although its juvenile dial often drew odd looks, Langdon had never owned any other watch; Disney animations had been his first introduction to the ...


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They are not merely taking the name. Apart from many smaller nods to the originals (like the title) and little allusions to characteristic conversations from the original stories, there are many bigger story elements from the original that can be found in the episode's story, yet often set into a slightly different context or maybe even parodied. So the ...


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I'm going to have a go at answering all of your questions. Firstly, I believe you have every adaptation listed above, with the exception of the trashy cash-in flick I am Omega, and perhaps, at a stretch, Romero's classic zombie films. As far as I am aware, nobody has attempted an ending that echoes Matheson's original (and cerebral) conclusion to his ...


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I can immediately see that our opinions on this differ somewhat, so I'm not neccesarily expecting the thumbs up, but I'll try to outline some of the main points about adaptation: in this case, from the Book to the TV Show. Firstly, you should know, the process of adapting original work is such a common part of TV/Movie making it is its own profession. It ...


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There can be many reasons a character isn't introduced. While I can't seem to find any interviews that directly explain why this character was left out, that could be because they don't want to spoil anything for the remaining seasons. While I haven't read the books, I watch the show with a few people who have, so I'm aware of several moments in season 4 ...


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He does indeed have skills, all of which are listed in detail on his Wiki page. These skills include: Ability to use pistols, shown in a few stories e.g. Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of Four. Ability to use cane/walking stick as weapon "Apparent" ability to use a sword (according to Watson in A Study of Scarlet he is an expert). I say apparent as ...


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One critic's opinion is that Kurosawa was indeed influenced by censorship, both Japanese and American, during World War II, but that was not the only reason that he produced a lot of foreign adaptations: Perhaps the most significant factor in his stylistic development as a director was WWII. At the time that Kurosawa was developing his own distinctive ...


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From what I recall Peeves had almost no influence on the main story arc of the series, so he was rather easy to cut out of the story. Also I believe he shows up less frequently as the series continues, so he's not missed as much in the later parts. Nearly Headless Nick (NHN), although not tied very close to the story, is tied in a few key parts of Harry's ...


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I'd say that this order was prescribed by The Da Vinci Code's (the book's) high success. While Dan Brown might have been regarded as a best-selling author even before The Da Vinci Code, this book was a major success world-wide and gathered an attention much higher than Angles & Demons or any of his previous books did, I think. So it was just a matter of ...


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It's my understanding that Morbius, the scientist in Forbidden Planet who is alone save for his daughter, is a reflection of Prospero, the anti-hero of Shakespeare's play who is likewise living alone on an island with his daughter. Both Morbius and Prospero seek to control the elements, and thus the world around them, through 'magic' - in Morbius' case, an ...


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There is also a Wikipedia entry on the character, which explains the meaning and origin: As with many of Ian Fleming's creations, the name is a double entendre—in this case with respect to pussy, which is both another word for a housecat and a slang term for vulva and vagina, while galore means an abundant or plentiful supply of something.


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This is not mentioned in the books. No one had ever seen it before. This can mean two things: This will be in one of the next books; hence the TV Show is starting to spoil the book series. This won't happen in the books, and it was just on the show. Either way, we cannot know what that scene meant/was based on/referenced/whatever until the next season ...


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I can't answer the question about region 2 DVDs, but the similarities between Zero Effect and Sherlock Holmes are not a coincidence. The film review The Zero Effect–Out of the Dung Heap and Into the Rose Garden points out many of the similarities between the two. The Zero Effect ... is based on the great Sherlock Holmes short story A Scandal in Bohemia ...


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From IGN - TV-Book Differences: Point of View: Since the plot in the novel is told from the viewpoints of the principal cast of characters, the show fleshes out certain key scenes that are either absent from the book, implied, or talked about in other chapters. Character Names: Certain characters have undergone a name change ...


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Quoted from Wikipedia: Fincher considered the novel too infatuated with Tyler Durden and changed the ending to move away from him: "I wanted people to love Tyler, but I also wanted them to be OK with his vanquishing." Something I learned about Fight Club during an interview with Chuck Palanihuk is that he considers Fight Club a coming-of-age story; ...


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The meaning of the name "Pussy Galore" is essentially "abundant sex" (with "Pussy" meaning sex and "Galore" meaning abundant). The name "Pussy Galore" is intended to make viewers laugh. The humor is largely driven by how the name is such an obvious, crude reference to sex. Remember the movie came out in 1964, when audiences were much less de-sensitized ...


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Lots of reasons: Books and movies are different art forms - direct and strict conversions from one form to the other rarely work (unless they have large fan bases, such as LoTR, Harry Potter, etc). The movie was written and re-written several times by several screen-writers. You can imagine they all brought their own visions and ideas to the screenplay. ...


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Off the wiki it says: Unlike the book, where they are devious, plan extensively, and speak at great length; the movie shows them as silent attackers in one scene only. This is due to multiple factors. The length of the movie was one, finding gorgeous Japanese identical twins who spoke English was another; The Saitos couldn't speak English. To ...


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Kurosawa began his career during the Showa war and during that time he, like all other Japanese filmmakers, was confined to making "policy pictures" that supported the militarist agenda. This necessitated a large amount of censorship. But there was no Shakespeare there and nor were there any films that would later be hailed as "masterpieces" or the likes. ...


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In addition to the excellent answers already provided, there essence of the environment created in the new Sherlock series is a modernized, but true to the source mirror of the original. For example, in the original, Sherlock is manic between cases, and addicted to cocaine and opium. In the modern version, he's a manic between cases, addicted to ...



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