Lost in Adaptation


Created by
Produced by
Dominic Noble
Running Time
78 (on TGWTG)/102 (in total)

Lost in Adaptation is a show by Dominic Noble where he looks at the pros and cons of a movie adaptation compared to its literary source.

Structure[edit | edit source]

Most episodes begin with a very brief comedic sketch, followed by an introductory commentary on the quality of both the literary source and the adaptation in their own merits. Then, he divides the analysis itself into three parts:

  • What they didn't change (originally titled "What they kept the same")
  • What they changed
  • What they left out altogether

And in the end he has a final segment where he states his final thoughts and elaborates on them.

Sometimes, he will include additional categories, such as "What they added" for new content in movies (usually ones based on shorter books) or the special category "Because The Lord of the Rings did it" for references made to the Lord of the Rings films in the Hobbit films. Alternatively, if a book and its film adaptation are very dissimilar to each other (see "In Name Only"), he may do away with categories altogether and simply describe both individual works, allowing the differences to speak for themselves.

Other temporary categories have popped up in certain episodes such as:

  • Because The Lord of the Rings Did it (The Hobbit and Narnia only)
  • Where the fuck do I put this (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) (Multiple continuities adapted)

Recurring Tropes[edit | edit source]

"In Name Only" - When a book and its film adaptation have little or nothing in common. This is added as a clause at the beginning of applicable videos, with those videos then following an atypical format since the default Lost in Adaptation video style can't properly work for two things that are effectively separate stories.

"The Legolas Effect" - When a popular character from the original work has their role in the story inflated at the expense of the story and/or other characters. The name refers to the handling of the character Legolas in the film adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

"Full Asshole Makeover" - When a morally gray character in a book becomes a more obvious villain in the film adaptation.

"The Sins of the Father" - When an adaptation of a book in a series suffers from mistakes made in the adaptations of earlier books. This often manifests as references to information from the book that was not referenced in adaptations of earlier books (that is, tells the story based more on the book than on previous films), possibly leading to confusion among viewers.

Additionally, Dominic Noble sometimes references a quote of his that reflects his main problem with most film adaptations: "If you're going to tell the author's story, tell the author's story. If you're going to tell your own story, tell your own story. Don't try to take the author's story and turn it into your own story." He also expresses a general disdain for child actors, though he will highly praise child actors he believes did well.

2014-2015 episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. Starship Troopers (December 8th, 2014)
  2. The Neverending Story (January 5th, 2015)
  3. Ender's Game (February 2nd, 2015)
  4. Jurassic Park (March 2nd, 2015)
  5. I, Robot (March 30th, 2015)
  6. Dune (April 13th, 2015)
  7. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (April 27th, 2015)
  8. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (May 11th, 2015)
  9. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (May 26th, 2015)
  10. The Princess Bride (June 8th, 2015)
  11. The Shining (July 6th, 2015)
  12. Watchmen, Part 1 (July 20th, 2015)
  13. Watchmen, Part 2 Battle For the Squid (August 3rd, 2015)
  14. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (August 17th, 2015)
  15. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (August 31st, 2015)
  16. Howl's Moving Castle (September 14th, 2015)
  17. Blade Runner (September 28th, 2015)
  18. Bram Stoker's Dracula (October 26th, 2015)
  19. Goldfinger (November 9th, 2015)
  20. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (November 16th, 2015)
  21. Sharpe (November 23rd, 2015)
  22. The Shawshank Redemption (November 30th, 2015)
  23. Die Hard (December 14th, 2015)
  24. A Christmas Carol, Part 1 (December 28th, 2015)

2016 episodes[edit | edit source]

In 2016 the Dom's Patreon hit a milestone, which led to roughly the second-half of the year dedicated to a "Harrypotter-a-thon".

  1. A Christmas Carol, Part 2 (January 11th, 2016)
  2. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Sea of Monsters (January 25th, 2016)
  3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (February 8th, 2016)
  4. The Witches (February 22nd, 2016)
  5. Lost in Adaptation Q&A (March 7th, 2016)
  6. Eragon (April 4th, 2016)
  7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (April 18th, 2016)
  8. The Hunt For Red October (May 2nd, 2016)
  9. Coraline (May 16th, 2016)
  10. The Hunger Games (May 30th, 2016)
  11. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (June 6th, 2016)
  12. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (June 13th, 2016)
  13. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 (June 20th, 2016)
  14. Dagon (July 4th, 2016)
  15. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (July 18th, 2016)
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (August 1st, 2016)
  17. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (August 15th, 2016)
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Part 1 (August 29th, 2016)
  19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Part 2 (September 12th, 2016)
  20. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Part 1 (September 19th, 2016)
  21. Harry Potter Recap/Overview (September 26th, 2016)
  22. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Part 2 (October 3rd, 2016)
  23. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Part 1 (October 10th, 2016)
  24. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Part 2 (October 24th, 2016)
  25. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (November 14th, 2016)
  26. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Part 1 (November 28th, 2016)
  27. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Part 2 (December 10th, 2016)
  28. The Princess Diaries (December 26th, 2016)

2017 episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (January 23rd, 2017)
  2. The Godfather (February 20th, 2017)
  3. Fifty Shades of Grey (March 27th, 2017)
  4. Ella Enchanted (April 10th, 2017)
  5. First Blood (April 24th, 2017)
  6. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (May 29th, 2017)
  7. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Continued (June 5th, 2017)
  8. Rebecca (June 26th, 2017)
  9. Game of Thrones S1 E1 (July 31st, 2017)
  10. Game of Thrones S1 E2 (August 7th, 2017)
  11. Game of Thrones S1 E3 (August 14th, 2017)
  12. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (August 28th, 2017)
  13. Game of Thrones S1 E4 (September 4th, 2017)
  14. The Bad Seed (September 25th, 2017)
  15. Game of Thrones S1 E5 (October 2nd, 2017)
  16. RED (October 16th, 2017)
  17. Children of the Corn (November 2nd, 2017)
  18. Sleepy Hollow (November 8th, 2017)
  19. Yes Man (November 10th, 2017)
  20. Total Total Recall
    1. We Can Remember It for You Wholesale (Book) (November 29th, 2017)
    2. Total Recall (1990) (December 1st, 2017)
    3. Total Recall (2012) (December 4th, 2017)
  21. Lost in Adaptation: The Last Unicorn (December 19th, 2017)

2018 Episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. Blood and Chocolate (January 1st, 2018)
  2. The Adventures of Tintin (January 15th, 2018)
  3. Tuck Everlasting (February 5th, 2018)
  4. Fifty Shades Darker (March 16th, 2018)
  5. Game of Thrones S1 E6 (March 30th, 2018)
  6. Stormbreaker (May 12th, 2018)
  7. Fahrenheit 451 (1966) (June 12th, 2018)
  8. Game of Thrones S1 E7 (June 17th, 2018)
  9. Nightbreed (July 6th, 2018)
  10. Scream Street (August 4, 2018)
  11. Babe (August 18th, 2018)
  12. The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (September 16, 2018)
  13. Game of Thrones S1 E8 (September 29, 2018)
  14. Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life (October 12, 2018)
  15. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (October 17, 2018)
  16. Scott Pilgrim & The Infinite Sadness (October 24, 2018)
  17. Scott Pilgrim Gets It Together (November 2, 2018)
  18. Scott Pilgrim Vs The Universe (November 9, 2018)
  19. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour (December 1, 2018)
  20. Scott Pilgrim: The Final Final Thoughts (December 7, 2018)
  21. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (December 21, 2018)

2019 Episodes[edit | edit source]

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) (January 12, 2019)
  2. Fifty Shades Freed (March 18, 2019)
  3. War of the Worlds (2005) (March 30, 2019)
  4. Game of Thrones episode 09
  5. The Great Gatsby (2013) (April 19, 2019)
  6. Game of Thrones episode 10 (April 26,2019)
  7. Wanted (5/11/2019)
  8. Minority Report (June, 1 2019)

Future[edit | edit source]

On October 22nd, 2016, the author released a video[1] where he listed the subjects he's going to tackle immediately after he finishes his Harry Potter themed episodes. These originated from requests from his Patreons. This one, among others, is: Game of Thrones

  • Metro 2033 ("Yes, the videogame")

In 2018 The Dom left Channel Awesome, as such Lost in Adaptation no longer aired on Channel Awesome.

On December 10th, 2018, the author released a video[2] where he listed the subjects he's going to tackle. These originated from requests from his Patreons. They are:

  • Lucifer
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Princess and the Goblin
  • Johnny Mnemonic
  • Cape Fear
  • The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall
  • Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Night Manager
  • The Invisible Man
  • Anne Rice's Queen of the Damned

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