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What changes were made in Princess Kaguya from the original Tale of the Bamboo Cutter story?

The 2013 Studio Ghibli film "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" credits and is based on the 10th Century story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. Looking at the synopsis of the original story, it looks like ...
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Is there a reason behind the 'Ending' joke?

Throughout It (2019): Chapter Two there is a running joke where people keep making fun of the ending of Bill Denborough's book. This is brought up by the people making the film of the book as well as ...
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Differences in plot or character among Game of Thrones TV adaptation and book

I have not read the Game of Thrones books. But at the same time I have heard of people complaining that there has been deviation from the plot and a lot of characters merit more development and ...
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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 ...
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Why is Snape's Potion/logic puzzle not in the movie?

So I finished the first book (Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone) yesterday, and of course a lot of things in the book are not in the movie, including the the potion puzzle created by Snape as ...
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Why was the focus moved to guns rather than smoking in the film adaptation?

In the 2003 film Runaway jury the plot centers around suing a manufacturer of guns for damages in the shooting. However, the book centered around suing a tobacco company for damages caused by smoking....
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Which Live action The Jungle Book adaptation is more faithful to Kipling's novel?

Which Live action The Jungle Book movie adaptation is more faithful to Kipling's novel? I always heard some claims that Disney animated film was not a faithful adaptation and made more into kid ...
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Why is the blackmail scene in Fight Club different from the book?

In Fight Club, why is the blackmail scene different in the movie from the version in the book? Was this script changed for screenplay, or rather the director? What was the motivation here for the ...
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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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Assassinations during the christening in The Godfather

In the film Michael has the heads of the other four New York families assassinated. These include Barzini, Tattaglia, Cuneo and Stracci. In the novel, it is only Emilio Barzini and Philip Tattaglia ...
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What was with the hinted suicidal tendencies of Henry?

In Dreamcatcher, after a session with a patient Henry tries to shoot himself but opts not to do it later. But what was the reason for it? This character trait was never mentioned or explained in ...
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How was Pennywise's appearance in the novels when compared to film and miniseries?

I have seen a big debate over the appearance of Pennywise in upcoming It (2017 film) and IT (miniseries), as to which one is more scary. And I do find them drastically different but I wanted to know ...
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Why were Olive and Emma's powers changed in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

In the book, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children we had Emma who could burn things, and Olive who could fly. In the movie this was completely changed around - Emma was the flyer, while Olive ...
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What is the significance of making Eddie a hopeless virgin?

1990's It (TV Mini-Series) is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. While going through our sister site's questions and the novel's Wikipedia page, I realized that Eddie had a wife in 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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Why was Euron Crow's Eye depicted as having both eyes on the Game of Thrones TV series?

The adaptation of the novels through television requires many changes per the compressed format of the alternate medium. Combining characters and story lines, and dropping characters and storylines, ...
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Which movie adaptation of “Flowers for Algernon” is the closest to the original story?

After reading the wonderful story, I've decided to reach for the movie adaptation. To my surprise, there are at least FOUR adaptations based either on the short story or the book: "Charly" (1968) - ...
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What King Arthur adaptations depict the story of Uther Pendragon and Igrayne?

Thomas Malory's book Le Morte D'Arthur, which is the definitive account of King Arthur's life, starts off with the story of how King Arthur's father Uther Pendragon desires Igrayne, the wife of the ...
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What is the purpose of the changes to Game of Thrones show?

After finishing the fourth season of the the Game of Thrones show I was a little put off by the consistent divergence from the original storyline in the books. Before I had already resolved to ...
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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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Why is the TV Daario Naharis much less flamboyant?

In the book, Daario Naharis is described as such: Daario keeps his beard cut in three prongs, all dyed blue. His eyes are blue and his curly hair is dyed blue. His mustachios are painted gold and ...
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What are the main differences between Dan Brown's 'Inferno' novel and Ron Howard's adaptation?

Some of the reviews, of Ron Howard's 'Inferno' adaptation of Dan Brown's book, mention an altered ending. One of the IMDB users wrote: In a nutshell: Know that brilliant, creative, controversial ...
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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 movie-...
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In Manhunter, was Dr. Lecktor a cannibal?

In Manhunter, Brian Cox plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter (spelled Lecktor in the film) – Lecter's first on screen portrayal. Hannibal Lecter is famously a cannibalistic serial killer, but I cannot recall if ...
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Which part of the novel series “The Mortal Instruments” is “Shadowhunters” show based on?

The Shadowhunters TV series is based on the novel series The Mortal Instruments, but which part of the novel series has a greater effect on the TV series? The 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of ...
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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 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 merged ...
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Does John Silver escape with *all* the gold at the end of the 1950 version of Treasure Island?

The 1950 Walt Disney version of Treasure Island ends with John Silver in a small boat, escaping treasure island alone with a chest full of treasure. The Squire, Jim Hawkins, Dr. Livesy, and the other ...
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Which author has had the most books adapted for film? [closed]

Which author has had the most books adapted for film ? By this I mean actual novels that were released before the film (and not novelisations of films or screenplays or graphic novels/comics). Short ...
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What is the basis for this scene in Peter Brook's Mahabharat

In Peter Brooks play/movie adaptation of Mahabharat the following conversation ensues between Krishna and Bhishma before the game of dice was to commence;[Given here below. Shortened/edited by me, but ...
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Why don't they try digging in Under the Dome?

In the TV series Under the Dome, the military used a MOAB (Mother of all Bombs) to remove the dome problem. In episode 2 one old man tried using digging tractor but Big Jim stopped him because it ...
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Why did the film change the name of the alien invaders for the movie Enders Game?

The launch of the movie version of Ender's Game was beset by controversy caused by the anti-homosexuality views of Osron Scott Card, the author of the original book. The book doesn't itself contain ...
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Is The Good Place inspired by Swedenborg as a state of spirit rather than a Place?

The Good Place goes under the premise that four people died and are in the afterlife. In different seasons it is hinted or explicitly said that everything in The Good Place as a place is: However ... ...
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Why change the ending of Inferno from the novel?

** SPOILER warning for anyone who has not watched the movie or read the book ** In the novel, at the end, it is revealed that the virus was never meant to kill anyone, but instead made a part of the ...
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How close to the Sookie Stackhouse books is True Blood?

I know there are a lot of IP's out there that start in different media(Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, etc) when they switch to TV that they try to follow the source material, in this case the ...
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Have any of Edgar Allan Poe's stories been adapted for the screen?

Edgar Allan Poe was arguably one of the greatest writers of the 19th century, his works spanning a wide range from gothic horror to tragic poetry to slapstick humour, while also including possibly the ...
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Is the role of Colonel Race true to the novel?

Having seen Death on the Nile for many times, it only occured to me recently that the role of Colonel Race, played by David Niven, doesn't seem to serve much more than being a slightly more "socially ...
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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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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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Night's Watch vs Army of Dead - Unshown battles

How many battles occurred between the brothers of the Night's Watch and the Army of the Dead, which they did not show in HBO's Game of Thrones? I remember there should be a battle lead by Jeor ...
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Does the GoT TV series ever refer to 'The Great Council'?

In Game of Thrones' S08E06, we see Bran elected king in what seems like an unprecedented event. Taking into account the books, elections have happened before in the form of The Great Council. Does ...
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Did the Dark Tower movie adapt the whole Dark Tower book series?

In the Dark Tower book series there are 8 books and I was wondering if the movie is covering all of them or if it is only the first one and there will be a movie for every book like in Harry Potter.
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Why use the Feds rather than the US Marshals in The Family?

In The Family, the Blakes/Manzonis are American nationals in a witness protection program in Normandy, France. However, they are guarded by the FBI rather than by US Marshals as is normally the case. ...
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What is the significance of “Beep Beep Richie!”?

In It (miniseries), Pennywise used the Beep Beep dialogue first for Richie: Pennywise: BEEP BEEP Richie! They ALL float down here. When you're down here with us, you'll float too! But later in the ...
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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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How faithful are the scripts of Point Blank and Payback to the book, The Hunter?

Both the 1967 Lee Marvin flick, Point Blank, and Mel Gibson's Payback (1999) are based on the novel, The Hunter, by Richard Stark (Donald E. Westlake). Although the underlying premise is similar, the ...
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How long did it take Ahmed to learn the Norse language and was that true to the source material?

One thing I always wonder when watching The 13th Warrior is, how Ahmed learns the Norse language so fast. While I for myself could make some sense out of certain words, it must be significantly harder ...
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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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Have the differences of the movie's ending from the book ever been explained?

I have just finished watching 1984, with John Hurt and Richard Burton. It stuck fairly to the book, except for two major (for me) differences. At the end, Winston is not shot. When Winston and Julia ...
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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 ...