I'd asked this question:

Are there any Baratheons left?

Before my edit to make it strictly about the books(which was my original intent until someone pointed out that I'd inferred TV show knowledge), it was marked as a dupe of

Succession of the Iron Throne after GoT Season 5 (spoilers) - who's in line?

Now, I know the show is based upon the books, but at the stage that the question about the show was asked, and even still, the show has moved past the books. My question is, are similar questions that cover works adapted across multiple mediums count as duplicate questions?

I'm not arguing that my question isn't similar. I realize that it is. My contention point is that if we are going to have separate tags to differentiate the works, then the case could be made that they are not dupes. Especially given that when you adapt works across mediums, things get lost/added all the time.

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    Ok, look, there are a couple of points to consider here, the first being that when you mentioned an event which strictly only happened on the show, I tagged it as such. What could have happened was I could have asked you to clarify and either remove that part or re-tagged it later. Second, even though these two stories are now fairly different, in most cases they are actually virtually the same, and we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss one or the other.
    – Möoz
    Sep 6, 2017 at 23:16

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While answers don't always make a duplicate, they can give us a good idea. (Further reading)

It is because the answer given to the question yours was marked a duplicate of effectively answers your question. One answer was almost directly copied and pasted from that question. The answer covers both the show and books, so it would not matter in this case if the tags were different. In the end if the reason for something happening across media types is the same, typically because one media is the "source" and one is the "adaptation", the question is probably a duplicate.


It very much depends

Different franchises handle this very differently. For a brief survey of things I personally know about:

  • Star Trek considers the films and TV shows to be a single shared continuity, but licensed works are usually thought of as having a lower level of canonicity, if not ignored outright.
  • Stargate's continuity includes the TV shows, and the film is widely ignored.
  • Star Wars semi-recently dropped from canonicity almost its entire expanded universe, and rebranded it as "Star Wars Legends." Prior to this restructuring, the franchise had an elaborate hierarchy classifying works into different levels of canon.
  • Harry Potter's films clearly take place in a separate continuity from its books.
  • Mass Effect's licensed works take great pains to avoid contradicting possible player choices, leaving them on arguably equal footing with the games. An entire story arc is established in a series of licensed novels before being casually referenced in Mass Effect 3 with no other explanation or setup.
  • Dragon Age, on the other hand, deliberately does not do this, so its licensed works are clearly set in a more specific continuity than the games.

So, just as an example, we could choose to dupe questions like this:

  • Star Trek: Allow duping questions about different series against each other, or questions about the TV shows and the movies. Forbid duping questions about licensed works against canon stuff or vice-versa.
  • Stargate: Probably not an issue since most questions are about the TV shows anyway.
  • Star Wars: Same deal as with Star Trek, but a different division of labor: canon on one side, Legends on the other.
  • Harry Potter: Again, forbid duping books against movies or vice-versa.
  • Mass Effect: This is harder because we don't have a formal canon policy from Bioware, to my knowledge. I would lean towards lumping everything together.
  • Dragon Age: Questions about the licensed continuity are more specific than questions about the "main" continuity. The licensed continuity can be thought of as one possible path through the games. Allow duping in either direction accordingly, but only to the extent that the questions really are exact duplicates.

I am not actually proposing any of the above as formal policies; please do not cite this answer with respect to any of the above franchises.

The above list is intended to illustrate that every franchise will require a different treatment, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question as asked. I would encourage close-voters and moderators to think carefully about these kinds of dupes, and to exercise common sense. If two questions are clearly "about" the same thing, and they will clearly have the same answers, they should probably be duped. If not, they should probably remain separate.

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