15 Movie And TV Adaptations That Ditched The Source Material

15 Movie And TV Adaptations That Ditched The Source Material

The best books aren't necessarily adapted into the best films. Despite their similarities, film, as well as literature, are different genres that can require different approaches to communicate the very same tale effectively. It’s sounds obvious, but unlike books, movies must rely only on images and conversation to communicate their narratives or risk exhausting the audience with explanatory narration.

Different types of media are, obviously, different types of media. A book isn't the same as a film, and a comic isn't the same as a television show. What happens on paper might not always work on a screen, and there are some things someone can read about but not see. When you're modifying something, changes are unavoidable.

Then there are these. Each of these adaptations treated the original work as a collection of ideas that didn’t need to be followed strictly— and it worked in some situations. However, you have to ask why they went to the trouble of obtaining the original rights first, don't you?

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON The movie: Hiccup learns to ride Toothless. The books by Cressida Cowell: Toothless is tiny, and he rides on Hiccup. C
Source: Gique

MARY POPPINS The books by P. L. Travers: Mary Poppins is a harsh, unlikable nanny. The movie: Mary Poppins is the
Source: Book Riot

SHREK The book by William Steig: Shrek is ugly and misanthropic to the core (and happy about it.) The movie: Shrek has l
Source: Salon

MEN IN BLACK The comic: The MIB cover up all kinds of paranormal activity, while being humorless and ruthless. The movie: The MIB keep tabs on aliens
Source: CBR
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