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These Books Were Sanitized To Become Children’s Movies

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    Every year seems to being more kid's movies that started out as YA novels. But sometimes the story line of a book for older kids doesn't exactly make for a fuzzy, family-friendly film. And some young adult books aimed at high school kids need to be retooled to appeal to the middle school set, too. So movie execs tone down the language. Or a writer transforms a contentious familial relationship into a loving one.

    So feel free to enjoy your favorite kid's flicks, like the now 15-year-old Princess Diaries. Or rewatch any of the other toned-down films we've rounded up. Just know that in the Princess Diaries novel, Mia's father is alive and well, with a second secret daughter, and her mother elopes with her math teacher after finding out she's pregnant. And most importantly, her grandmother is definitely no Julie Andrews.

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    The Princess Diaries (2001)
    Disney needed a fairy tale about love found and lost, and seeing as it's a Disney fairy tale, at least one dead parent. But in Meg Cabot's book, Mia's dad is alive, well, and sterile after a bout of testicular cancer, making her place as heir suddenly relevant.

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    Simon Birch (1998)
    Though the end of the movie is tragic (spoiler alert), the book that it's based on, A Prayer for Owen Meany, features a far more graphic end for the title character.

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    A Little Princess (1995)
    You'd think there'd be no way to make this scene any sadder, but in the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Papa never comes back to save Sarah — he really does die.

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    A Ring of Endless Light (2002)
    The fun summer dolphin movie you watched on the Disney Channel is based on a book that heaps so much sadness and death onto its teenage protagonist that she has a mental breakdown.

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    The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 (2008)
    While this sequel doesn't shy away from non-pre-teen friendly issues (like Tibby's pregnancy scare), it does skip the story line in which Bridget kisses a married man (and glosses over the mental state she finds herself in after the events of the previous installment).