Book-to-Movie customization details

You might still think the books were better, but those movies definitely brought the work in.


in the The fault in our starsHazel has a poster on her wall for Hectic Glow, a fictional band referenced in the John Green novel on which the film is based.

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On his website, Green explains that the band’s name is a nod to a quote by Henry David Thoreau about an illness, specifically “the frantic glow of consumption” or what is now known as tuberculosis. Apparently, Green originally wanted to name the novel The frantic glowbut decided against it because “A. it wasn’t the right title for the book and B. it’s pretty hard to say it out loud when you’re trying to recommend it to a friend.”

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Alfonso Cuarón, who directed Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, SFGate said he added references to his Mexican origins throughout the film. For example, in some shots, you can see skulls in the background, like here at the Honeydukes candy store. This is a tribute to the Day of the Dead.

In addition, the fountain in the courtyard of Hogwarts features statues of eagles with snakes in their beaks. The same motif can be found on the Mexican flag.

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Despite these more direct Easter eggs, Cuarón made it clear that his legacy and film style influenced the film in unseen but nonetheless significant ways. He said: “I don’t think it’s about specifics. I think it’s about a Mexican sensibility. That’s who I am and that’s what shaped me.”

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Nicola Coughlan, who plays in Penelope Featherington Bridgetonrevealed Twitter that a prop she held in the show’s first episode was a “massive Easter egg” about Penelope’s secret identity: influential gossip writer Lady Whistledown.

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As a user pointed out, Coughlan Confirmed her guess. She wrote that she was given the chance to choose her prop for Penelope’s first scene and that she settled on a “massive massive feather” that resembled a feather.


in the In search of Alaska, some of the scribblings on the wall surrounding the payphone are a shout out to author John Green’s other works. For example, we have an “HL + AW” heart, presumably for Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters The fault in our stars. There’s also a “Katherine <3 You" for A wealth of Katherines.


Julie Berghoff, the production designer for The story of the maidtold Architectural Digest that certain elements of the Offreds’ room at the Waterford home amount to a mockery of the life they enjoyed before Gilead.

Berghoff said: “We put a desk there, but she can’t write. So it’s almost like a holdover, a reminder of, ‘Oh, I used to be a writer, an editor. I can’t even sit and write anymore.’” Before the acquisition, June was a book editor; In Gilead, women are forbidden to read and write.

Another piece of furniture June is banned from is a mirror, although the production team intentionally left evidence that one was taken away. Berghoff said, “They don’t want you to just be anymore, so we basically hung the shape of a mirror on the wall to make it feel like there used to be a mirror there.”

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The Umbrella Academy based on the comic series by Gerard Way, known from My Chemical Romance. Way makes an extremely low-key cameo (in a way) in the adaptation’s first season.

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In the series, Vanya Hargreeves (Elliot Page) writes a memoir that exposes the cruelty of the Umbrella Academy’s upbringing. When Vanya examines the book in Episode 1…

… on the back you can see a blurb written by none other than Gerard Way. He calls Extraordinary an “incredible read”.


During the series finale of Orange is the new blackthe real Piper Kerman (who was renamed Piper Chapman in the series) and Larry make a cameo appearance in a scene where Piper visits Alex in prison.

Kerman told the Hollywood Reporter, “This is the first time I’ve put on a prison uniform since I got out of prison.”

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While the Piper and Larry versions of the show are breaking up, the real ones are still together. Kerman said: “The story of Piper Chapman has diverged so wildly. Larry and I are still married, we are parents. But that orange‘s Piper and Alex get to be together pays homage to all prison families, whether romantic partners or parents or children, who struggle to stay connected with loved ones behind bars.

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in the dear simonthere is a Hufflepuff badge and a program sheet from Hamilton on the bulletin board in Simon’s bedroom.


in the It chapter twothe pattern on the bottom of Dean’s skateboard resembles the iconic rug pictured in The glowanother adaptation of a novel by Stephen King.

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Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy rich Asians, smuggled a tribute to author Kevin Kwan’s writing process into the film. is TwitterChu wrote that “every day [Kwan] when he was writing the book, they looked at a post-it he wrote to himself that said “joy” to remind him what this story was really about. So we put it in the movie… “Chu didn’t reveal where the post-it is hidden, but I’m assuming it’s on that mood board somewhere.

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Author Jenny Han plays the chaperone in a flashback to a high school prom To all the boys I’ve loved before.


in the Me and Earl and the dying girlThe two screenplays lying next to aspiring filmmaker Greg’s desk were chosen by director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon as an ode to two film legends: Martin Scorsese and Nora Ephron. You can’t quite see the full titles in this photo, but you can see the scripts casino (Director: Scorsese) and heartburn (written by Ephron).

According to NPR, Gomez-Rejon chose these two scripts because he has worked with both Scorsese and Ephron. In an interview with the outlet, the director said, “I love the script on so many levels, and one of them was that it was a chance for me to pay homage and celebrate the films of all my heroes and some of my mentors. I’ve been fortunate to have in my life.”

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game of Thrones Costume designer Michele Clapton told the Hollywood Reporter that the embroidery on the wedding dress Sansa Stark wears when she marries Tyrion Lannister tells the story of the different houses to which Sansa is loyal.

Clapton said, “You can see the influence of her mother, Catelyn Stark, in the fish of House Tully swimming around her body, then the appearance of the direwolf Stark, and finally the heavy stamp of the Lannister lion on her neck.” Show, Michele Carragher, took two weeks to embroider the dress.


little woman Director Greta Gerwig told Vanity Fair that Jo and Laurie are each other’s “androgynous other half” and they swap vests throughout the film.

Costume designer Jacqueline Durran told Harper’s Bazaar: “What we wanted to achieve was to emphasize a fluid back-and-forth between the two of them, so that they were just best friends and identified with each other, and that’s what they wanted the other person to be too , and they shared clothes.”


Gabriele Binder, the costume designer behind it The Queen’s GambitShe told BuzzFeed that she gave a cardigan to one of the older Russian men Beth plays chess against in the show’s final scene. This cardigan was designed by her first mentor, Mr. Shaibel, earlier in the series.

Binder said, “So I don’t think anyone will ever really see that, but I thought it would be enough to have that emotional moment where Mr. Shaibel is there and maybe someone will recognize it.” She continued: “Now when she sits down with the old men and starts playing chess for the first time in a very long time, not for competition but for fun. So just play chess, not for competition, just for fun, we need Mr. Shaibel to come back somehow.”

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And finally: In the final scene of Season 1 of Alex Rider, Alex’s friend Tom wears a t-shirt that says “The book was better”. Well then, Tom.

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