For those of us who like to read, nothing is more exciting than finding out your favorite story is being adapted for the big screen. Sadly, not every interpretation does justice to the original story. Here are seven movies that failed miserably - try not to cringe.
#7 - Holes
Starring Shia LeBeouf and Sigourney Weaver, this take on Louis Sachar's novel was disjointed at best and trite at worst. The anti-climatic ending left viewers unsatisfied and unhappy.
#6 - Around the World in 80 Days
This movie completely deserted the original tone and spirit of Jules Verne's masterful tale. Rather than being portrayed as a sedate, eccentric English gentleman, Phileas Fogg is a wacky inventor that no one takes very seriously. While the movie is fun and exciting, it's a far cry from its intended form.
#5 - Noah
The original story of Noah and the Great Flood can be found in Genesis chapters 5-9. In the story, God sees the depravity of mankind and decides to send a flood to wipe them out, but chooses to spare the God-fearing Noah and his family. This is the virtual opposite of the Russell Crowe rendition of the story. Rather than a story of faith and divine protection, the movie depicts a cruel, heartless man with no interest in the redemption of the human race. If you want to truly understand Noah, stay far away from this movie.
#4 - Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
You will be hard-pressed to find a Rick Riordan fan with anything good to say about the Percy Jackson movies. With poor casting, a weak story-line and huge plot gaps, this is arguably the worst movie adaptation of all time.
#3 - The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
A story of exploration and self-discovery, the director added elements to the main plot that completely changed the story. They sacrificed the story for dramatic effect and in my book, that's simply unacceptable.
#2 - Inkheart
For a story with such an intriguing theme, the movie was resoundingly flat, with a disappointing lead actress and none of the magic Cornelia Funke's books are so well-known for.
#1 - Eragon
Remember when I said that The Lightning Thief is arguably the worst movie adaptation ever? Well Eragon IS the worst movie adaptation ever. The director completely disregarded the books and seemed to only use the characters and places found in them, creating a totally new story that lacked depth and was a poor exchange for the richly detailed one found in Christopher Paolini's books. The mention of this movie is sure to raise the blood pressure of any Eragon fan.
Sometimes you sit in a movie theater and wonder what the director was thinking, or wishing you could strangle him as you watch a beloved story be butchered.