There is nothing more annoying than a bad movie adaptation. Seeing your favorite book series turned into a shitty movie franchise is very depressing. Unfortunately, in my movie watching time, I have seen that happen a lot. Hollywood seems to have this annoying habit of messing up your favorite books.
Although it has given us great adaptations such as the entirety of the Harry Potter series, Lord of the rings etc. But, most of them are oh so bad. Not only from the perspective of a book-to-movie adaptation, but also just as a movie.
This is is a list about the book-to-movie adaptations that I found to be the worst. The criteria for this list is mostly about it being truthful to it's source material (THAT IS THE BOOK), it's acceptance by the book fandoms etc. (You know, the usual fan girl stuff). If I would have considered another criteria for a movie to be in here, I will mention the criteria.
Note - If I am not able to mention your favorite-worse book-to-movie adaptation, I am sorry. It may be because of me not being aware about the book or the movie or because of my inability to rant about all of the best worst book-to-movie adaptations.
#1. Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
This movie ruined one of my favorite book series of all time. I can't even begin to say how wrong this movie was on how many levels.
Although the first movie was accepted by the Percy Jackson fandom because even though the movie had skipped out very important parts from the book, changed the age of Percy Jackson and his friends, changed how Camp Half blood looked and missed out on the humor from the book. But, fans decided that they had had just about enough. The second movie was very heavily criticized by the fandom and then Logan Lerman announced that the Percy Jackson movie franchise was done with. So, any further damage to the fandom was stopped right there.
#2. Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events by Daniel Handler.
This movie, indeed was a series of unfortunate events (hue hue hue hue hue).
Sorry for the pun. However, this was really really bad. With three books crammed into one movie (exactly the opposite of what Peter Jackson did), the plot was chopped up and stuck together randomly. Even though the film is visually appealing and art work in the movie was great, what really made it fail is the acting in the movie. Jim Carey, rubber face himself, messed up big time in bringing the character to life. He simply did his thing (being Jim Carey in an extremely non Jim Carey role). However, I really think that the direction here was at fault too. But, that's just me right?
ALLLLRIGHTY THEN, let's move on.
(Sorry, I just could not resist mentioning Jim Carey and then not writing ALLLRIGHTY THEN then)
#3. Ender's game by Orson Scott Card.
With such a brilliant cast, I doubted that this movie could fail. But, as Scott Card has said that he didn’t think that the book was adaptable, and boy was he correct. The movie is pretty shallow when compared to the Nebula award (basically the oscars for books). Maybe a mini series would have done the novel Justice, but not this. And the directing, ohh I can't even begin with that. It was very poor and un-inspired.
#4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Nothing about the movie was great (sorry Leo). The only thing that the movie got right were the visuals. The directing was good too but the thing that got this movie in this list is the adaptation part. The movie misjudged, misinterpreted or misconcluded (is that even a word?) the essence of the book and what made the book a hallmark of Literature. Although, if you forget the fact that this was an adaptation, you may or may not enjoy it.
#5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.
What if you had the power to bring a book to life, simply by reading it aloud? WOOOOAAH. What if you had the opportunity to bring that book to the big-screen and have Brendan Fraser in the starring role? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?!
You also have Helen Mirren, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Andy Serkis, and Sienna Guillory. THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME!
Well, that did not happen. Think about all the classic literary characters that could have come into the fold. Other then, little Red Riding Hood we don’t really see anything too inventive. It was surely meant to be a salute to the “magic” of reading. But, the movie was over stretched and snooze-y (Again, is that even a word?).
#6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote.
ALL RIGHT, JUST HEAR ME OUT BEFORE RUNNING AFTER ME TO KILL ME!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is considered by many to be a classic and Audrey Hepburn’s performance as Holly Golightly is maybe the iconic actress’ most revered role. While Hepburn is impossibly incredibly charming as the damaged socialite, this movie just does not do justice to Truman Capote’s novella.
Also, Truman Capote hated the movie. He said that the movie completely changed the importance of the character George Peppard (and I can agree with that). Also, the ending is the exact opposite of the book.
(Again, the adaptation part plays in)
#7. The maze runner series by James Dashner.
This movie was released when all the other sci-fi movies were aiming to become the next hunger games. The first one did earn bucks and the second installment is on it's way. But, the movie did great wrong to the book. They took liberty with a lot of things. While the book had a lot of suspense and was attention grabbing, the movie was hurrying the plot and failed to capture your mind.
#8. Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
Three words for this. Major FUCK up. The movie barely feels like a movie. You would rather see 5 minutes of an advertisement than this.
The movie includes a story that is dramatically undeveloped. All the characters of the film aren’t even characters, they are simply roles, such as; Hero, Dragon, Love Interest, Sidekick, Father Figure, Evil King, Mentor. It’s guaranteed that you will not care one bit about any of them. John Malkovich in his role as the king is nothing more than Malkovich being Malkovich. Overall, if you want to see a movie about a kid training a dragon, you're better off watching a pixar movie.
If I missed out any of your favorite book which was messed up by Hollywood after a book-to-movie adaptation, please let me know in the comments below.
But, out of the adaptations that I did mention, which was the worst one?