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Adapting a book to the big screen has got to be very difficult task. Otherwise, how could we explain so many movies that do it so poorly?


A book is a few hundred pages of intimate character development, careful pacing, and constant descriptions of setting that create tone and context for everything that happens.

Authors are out here making worlds.

Movies, however, are about two hours. They rely solely on dialogue and character action--aside from the occasional narrator--to tell the story.

So it's not surprising that things get lost in the shuffle when a story goes from the book medium to the film medium.

But for fans of the original book, my goodness can it be infuriating to see just which elements the filmmakers chose to leave out.

Some Redditors gathered to share the most egregious culprits.

suestrong asked, "What scene was left out of a movie adaptation of a book that made you say 'wtf, why!?' "


Some people pointed to moments when a specific scene was omitted from a movie. Often, the hope of that scene on the big screen brought them into the theatre, only to leave disappointed.

Dinosaur Secrets 

"The most cinematic moment of Jurassic park was when dr Satler was trapped on the roof with monsters coming and used math to calculate that she could leap into the pool. Not in the movie." -- Dr-P-Ossoff

"Jurassic Park. In the book, you find out exactly what's making the Triceratops sick, and it's a whole thing." -- wscuraiii

No Love for the Old Lady 

"As much as I love the film version of 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (and trust me, it is one of my favourite films of all time), I really wish they had kept in the section about Jem getting to know the angry old lady from down the road that complained at the kids every day."

"Jem spending the summer reading to her was a nice part of the book, and I wish it was shown on screen."

-- YellowRainLine

Harry, Stealing the Show 

"The part in the first harry potter book where they have to go through puzzles to get to the sorcerers stone."

"They completely take out one of the tasks that Hermione helps Harry figure out!"

-- Lainnnn

Letting a Great Bit Go 

"The scene in The Martian where the dude on earth is wondering what the astronaut stuck on mars must be thinking out there all alone not knowing if anyone else knows if he's alive and it cuts to the astronauts log where he's like 'how can Aquaman control whales? They're mammals' "

-- liontoaslaughter

Other people discussed how characters were treated in film adaptations. They couldn't believe what little--or misplaced--development and backstory was given to their favorite people in the story.

Three Cheers for Kaa

"Every time they do The Jungle Book, they do Kaa so fu**ing dirty. Every time."

"In the books, Kaa is on the same level as Bagheera and Baloo, one of Mowgli's guardians and teachers. But Walt Disney (and Western culture in general) had the whole 'snakes=bad!' mindset and so they make him a laughable villain."

"And he's a fu**ing bada** in the books!"

"Mowgli gets kidnapped by the bandar-log (monkeys) who are a bunch of curious indecisive morons, but have overwhelming numbers. Baloo and Bagheera try to save him but even they get overwhelmed."

"Then Kaa shows up, apparently the only thing the monkeys fear, and he straight up hypnotizes them all. Mowgli and his buds escape and Kaa's all like 'I'll catch up with you later' and it's heavily implied he's about to eat a sh**-ton of monkeys."

-- herculesmeowlligan

A Nuanced Struggle 

"I've seen a lot of people mention the common scenes from LOTR but one that always seems to be left out of these conversations is the fact that, in the book, Denethor had a palantir and had been using it to essentially play mental tug of war with Sauron for years trying to get intelligence, which eventually led to his madness."

"For example, Sauron would show Denethor truths but very deceptively, such as showing him the black sails of the Corsairs of Umbar sailing to Minas Tirith, but not showing that Aragorn had captured them."

"It made his character a lot more sympathetic and tragic, and it made sense since the palantiri had been established already."

-- J71919

Across the Board 

"Enders game. All the character development was missing." -- seventeencans

"The pacing was so fast too that absolutely nothing can sink in before the next big thing is happening. The casting acting and aesthetic were all totally fine. That same everything would have worked if it were just a 12 hour hbo series instead. They could even technically tell enders shadow concurrently if they did it right..." -- SARAH__LYNN

Finally, there were some film adaptations that seemed to miss the point altogether. Or perhaps they chose to hammer home a different moral.

Either way, fans found themselves a bit deflated after seeing these ones.

More Calculated 

"The movie version of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest had to cut out a lot but I think the one that hurt the film the most was less of a scene and more of an explanation. (Spoilers) After Billy dies and everyone realizes the control nurse Ratched had over them, McMurphy realizes there's only one thing he can do that will make them see her for what she is."

"It's very clear in the book that he was consciously choosing death by lobotomy to save his friends from eternal abuse. In the film it just seems like he's angry."

-- namelynamerson

Watered Down 

"Neverending story. Admittedly it's been a while since I've read it, but the movie is the first half of the book. The point of the movie is, wimpy kid gets his wishes come to life through imagination and everything is possible and he brings back Fantasia to life."

"In the book, after he goes to Fantasia, he starts forgetting the real world and forgets who he was, and the point was that too much make believe is not good."

-- nullrecord

Roasted 

"Artemis Fowl. They left out the pivotal scene where we get a good movie."

"In the books, said scene is between page one and the last page."

-- DvDCover


The sad truth? There are so many more examples out there, and so many more to come. With books still flying off shelves and movies as popular as ever, we can expect plenty more adaptations--including rough ones--in the future.

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Have you ever been reading a book, watching a movie, or even sitting down for a fantastical cartoon and began to salivate when the characters dig into some doozy of a made up food?

You're not alone.

Food is apparently fertile ground for creativity. Authors, movie directors, and animators all can't help but put a little extra time and effort into the process of making characters' tasty delights mouthwatering even for audiences on the other side of the screen.

Read on for a perfect mixture of nostalgia and hunger.

AllWhammyNoMorals asked, "What's a fictional food you've always wanted to try?"

Some people were all about the magical foods eaten in the magical places. They couldn't help but wish they could bite into something with fantastical properties and unearthly deliciousness.

Nutritious

"Enchanted golden apple" -- DabbingIsSo2015

"The Minecraft eating sounds make me hungry" -- FishingHobo

"Gotta love that health regeneration" -- r2celjazz

"Pretty sure those are based off the golden apples that grant immortality. Norse mythology I think?" -- Raven_of_Blades

Take Your Pick

"Nearly any food from Charlie and the Chocolate factory" -- CrimsonFox100

"Came here to say snozzberries!" -- Utah_Writer

"Everlasting Gobstoppers #1, but also when they're free to roam near the chocolate river and the entire environment is edible." -- devo9er

Peak Efficiency

"Lembas" -- Roxwords

"The one that fills you with just a bite? My fat a** would be making sandwiches with two lembas breads and putting bacon, avocado and cheese inside. Then probably go for some dessert afterwards. No wonder why those elves are all skinny, eating just one measly bite of this stuff." -- sushister

Some people got stuck on the foods they saw in the cartoons they watched growing up. The vibrant colors, the artistic sounds, and the exaggerated movements all come together to form some good-looking fake grub.

The One and Only

"Krabby patty 🍔" -- Cat_xox

"And a kelp shake" -- titsclitsntennerbits

"As a kid I always pretended burgers from McDonalds were Krabby Patties, heck from time to time I still do for the nostalgia of it all. Many of my friends did the same thing." -- Thisissuchadragtodo

Cheeeeeeeeese

"The pizza from an extremely goofy movie. The stringy cheese just looked magical lol" -- ES_Verified

"The pizza in the old TMNT cartoon as well." -- gate_of_steiner85

"Only bested by the pizza from All Dogs Go to Heaven." -- Purdaddy

Get a Big Old Chunk

"Those giant turkey drumsticks in old cartoons that characters would tear huge chunks out of. Those things looked amazing, turkey drumsticks in real life suck and are annoying to eat."

-- Ozwaldo

Slurp, Slurp, Slurp

"Every bowl of ramen on any anime, ever." -- Cat_xox

"Studio Ghibli eggs and bacon" -- DrManhattan_DDM

"Honestly, any food in anime. I swear to god half the budget no matter what the studio goes into making the food look absolutely delicious." -- Viridun

Finally, some highlighted the things that aren't quite so far-fetched, but still far enough away that it's nothing we'll be eating anytime soon.

That tease can be enough to make your mouth water.

What's In It??

"Butter beer" -- Damn_Dog_Inappropes

"came here to say this. i was pretty disappointed with the universal studio version which was over the top sweet. it was more of a butterscotch root beer. i imagine butter beer to be something more like butter and beer, which wouldn't be crazy sweet, but would have a very deep rich flavor" -- crazyskiingsloth

Slice of the Future

"The microwave pizzas in back to the future two" -- biggiemick91

"I've been fascinated with those for years! They just look so good!" -- skoros

As Sweet As They Had

"The Turkish Delight from Lion Witch & Wardrobe. The real ones I had weren't bad but nothing special." -- spoon_shaped_spoon

"Came here to say this. I know it's a real thing, but I always imagined that it must have been amazing to betray your siblings over." -- la_yes

"You're used to freely available too sweet sweets. For a WW2 era schoolkid, it would have represented all the sweets for an entire year." -- ResponsibleLimeade



Here's hoping you made it through the list without going into kitchen for some snack you didn't actually need.

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