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Favorite scene in the book
« on: March 15, 2020, 04:11:43 AM »
What is everyone's favorite scene in the book that didn't appear in the movies, series or miniseries. If you can remember what chapter and page the scene is in that would be amazing. I have a fun idea for a project I might like to try out in the future.

A few scenes that sticks in my mind I adore is lazy bluebell wanting to be a slug, chapter 20 hazel saves the mouse, and chapter 40 when hazel and his crew heading back to watership campion and a small team of rabbits approach hazel and ask him to return the efrafins hazel refuses and tells him that his small band of rabbits is no match to the number of rabbits on his side.

Also all the el-ahrairah stories are excellent.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2020, 04:31:39 AM »
Apart from various clever lines that didn't make it into any of the adaptions like Hazel's boast that he needs to go down to Nuthanger Farm just to prove the ole' chief can still do a thing or two, I really liked the extended river escape scene.  I don't have the book with me so I can't grab the chapter, but the whole scene with the bridge was especially tense.  The drama of one of their number getting injured on the underside of the bridge, and then the great uncertainty of the rabbits deciding whether to trust Kehaar in swimming blindly into the culverts is really good.  I like how its written with the reader having the rabbit's limited information, unlike Kehaar's perfect information of knowing they will be safe if they swim through.  Just very well written.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2020, 07:33:42 PM »
Apart from various clever lines that didn't make it into any of the adaptions like Hazel's boast that he needs to go down to Nuthanger Farm just to prove the ole' chief can still do a thing or two, I really liked the extended river escape scene.  I don't have the book with me so I can't grab the chapter, but the whole scene with the bridge was especially tense.  The drama of one of their number getting injured on the underside of the bridge, and then the great uncertainty of the rabbits deciding whether to trust Kehaar in swimming blindly into the culverts is really good.  I like how its written with the reader having the rabbit's limited information, unlike Kehaar's perfect information of knowing they will be safe if they swim through.  Just very well written.
That would be chapter 39 The Bridges. And yes - I agree wholeheartedly. That chapter is brilliantly written. Coincidentally, I only recently covered it here so I won't repeat what I said there.

In general I love every passage where he describes the stress, despair, panic, etc. of the rabbits. The bridges is a prime example; but so is the scene early in the book when they enter the woods. You can just feel their discomfort with them. Adams is very good at evoking these emotions, I think.

There is also the description in Efrafa about the paranoia Bigwig experiences at having to keep a conspiracy hidden. So good that. And Bigwig owning his Perfect Storm. (chapter 37)

The entirety of El-ahrairah and Brofi (chapter 31) is AMAZING. A few highlights and quotes here

And many more that slip my mind for the moment.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2020, 10:39:07 PM »
It is a shame that the miniseries ditched the whole boat scene cause it truly is iconic plush what's whatship down with out the water ship.

Another scene I thought of was the beginning of chapter 2 what fiver has a nightmare of him and hazel ridding down their boat of bones and wire. I guess it's too spooky for any of the adaptions to put in there.

For El-Ahrairah to Cry Chapter 21 is a very sad chapter but is rapped up so quickly in the adaptions. I think it might have been toadflax this happened to, but the scene when a rabbit pokes his head out of the hole to see what's going on than gets shot than picked up at hit saddens me even though he was probably too intoxicated to feel anything.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2020, 11:43:41 PM »
The boat escape being removed from the miniseries was a really bad decision :blackberryminiseries However, the mentions of the chapter "The Bridges" rather surprise me.  I remember hating it the last time I read it.  I'm mostly satisfied with what the film did, cutting to Kehaar's departure after the boat drifts away :kehaar

I agree about the mentions of chapters 2, 21, 31 and 37 though.

Now, for some other scenes that haven't been mentioned so far.  There's Hazel's nightmare at Cowslip's warren (beginning of chapter 17); it was in the radio drama, but never appeared in any of the animations :strawberrydoe

Also, Hyzenthlay's vision of the final battle near the end of chapter 35, as well as her reaction at the end of chapter 49 after it has taken place.  Once again, this was in the radio drama but never animated :hyzenthlay2

Finally, Fiver and the others crossing the bridge (chapter 33); most of the adaptations included such a scene but completely rushed through it, missing Hazel's comment about how Fiver just loves crossing bridges :fiver3

There may be more, but that's all I can think of at the moment.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2020, 08:34:42 AM »
There are many, but one of the ones that I like the most and that I usually read several times. It's the captivating conversation Bigwig and Hysently have in their conspiracy to escape.     :bigwig
And now that I remember ... When the girl from the farm takes Hazel to her room and puts him in a drawer HAHAHAHAHA Her interaction with the human would have been great in the movie, to think that not all humans are bad .   :hazel
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2020, 06:11:54 AM »
And now that I remember ... When the girl from the farm takes Hazel to her room and puts him in a drawer HAHAHAHAHA Her interaction with the human would have been great in the movie, to think that not all humans are bad .   :hazel

Oooooo that chapter didnt come to mind when reflecting on my question. I do agree that is a charming scene that the adaptions never do include. Lucy's character represents a child who is caring to small creatures so well. A drawer would make a great home for hazel.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2020, 02:29:21 PM »
And now that I remember ... When the girl from the farm takes Hazel to her room and puts him in a drawer HAHAHAHAHA Her interaction with the human would have been great in the movie, to think that not all humans are bad .   :hazel

Oooooo that chapter didnt come to mind when reflecting on my question. I do agree that is a charming scene that the adaptions never do include. Lucy's character represents a child who is caring to small creatures so well. A drawer would make a great home for hazel.


I would have loved to see that animated scene, because in addition to being adorable, it would show Hazel living with a human, even if she doesn't want to. But as Lucy's mother says, she cannot live in houses, because wild rabbits die in cages. Because they can't get used to being locked up. In closed in a cage or a drawer ...
Still, a unique experience for our great leader.   :hazel
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2020, 11:42:31 PM »
My favourite parts of the book (I say parts because it's more than one scene, really...) have got to be Holly and Bluebell's account on how they escaped the destruction of the warren, Holly's account when he takes the small group to Efrafa to negotiate allowing some of the does to come live with them on Watership, The Black Rabbit of Inle tale and Bigwig's time in Efrafa until the escape to the river. I have always liked the action and tension in those parts of the book and although Bigwig's time in Efrafa is touched upon in some of the adaptations, it's never really been done properly for me as they differ too much from the book. The film is probably the closest to it, but I find the adaptation is rushed and you don't really get the same emotions you feel that you get in the book and I've always felt that they are important. It's why the book as a whole is my favourite adaptation because there are always things which are missing or have been changed in the adaptations.

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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2020, 11:50:00 PM »
I like how the movie is stereotyped has being too heavy for common consumption, and we're wanting to add in even more dark scenes from the novel.
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Re: Favorite scene in the book
« Reply #10 on: May 29, 2020, 01:31:24 AM »
I agree about the conversation with Bigwig and Hyzenthlay.  They are both awesome rabbits :bigwig3 :hyzenthlay

And now that I remember ... When the girl from the farm takes Hazel to her room and puts him in a drawer HAHAHAHAHA Her interaction with the human would have been great in the movie, to think that not all humans are bad .   :hazel
It would have been interesting to see Hazel's point of view in this scene :hazel2 Maybe he tried chewing some of the old socks that were inside the drawer :snowdrop

@Kili lists several interesting scenes :bluebell I agree about the book being the best version :vilthuril
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