AvatarIII wrote:The Golden Compass was originally called The Northern Lights before the movie came out, but as far as I know there is no difference in content.
semicharmed wrote:It was actually released as The Golden Compass in the US originally; my grandparents gave it to me for a birthday or Christmas when I was somewhere between 11-13, so late 90s/early 00s, the book had an image of the aelethiometer on the cover and so the title fit pretty well. Same thing with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, it was Sorcerer's Stone in the US.
SurgicalSteel wrote:Well, there are these:
http://www.amazon.com/Jurassic-Park-Jun ... 044840172X
http://www.amazon.com/Lost-World-Jurass ... 0448415763
They're novelizations of the movies and have no ties to the books unless it was in the film. I remember reading the Lost World one when I was a kid, and later reading the actual Lost World. It wasn't a simplification of the novel, like the Great Illustrated Classics books, it was a narrative of the movie.
Adacore wrote:The difference there, though, is that in the UK the Harry Potter movie was still called Philosopher's Stone (in agreement with the book, not with the US movie), whereas the Dark Materials movie was titled The Golden Compass (as opposed to the book's Northern Lights title, in order to conform with the US movie title). Therefore, in the UK, it made sense to retitle the book for the film (otherwise people may not have realised that The Golden Compass and Northern Lights were the same thing); it made no sense to do so for Harry Potter, where the film title and book title were already the same in the UK.
PAstrychef wrote:And then there's The Thing. It started out as a short story, Who Goes There?, the. Became an episode of Outer Limits on TV, then became a movie, then Alan Dean Foster wrote a novelization of the movie, which was then remade at least twice. Although one remake I saw was in claymation, and used penguins for characters.
I've known authors to write scenes to make the book match the cover art. I know that my favorite hero of thrillers, a 6'4" 250 lb brick shithouse, is being played by Tom Cruise. I sort of doubt they could change the seventeen novels written to date to make Jack Reacher match Tom Cruise in height or heft.
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