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Worst Movie Adaptations of Books

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The top 20 worst movies based on (good) books.

Rated 1 point - posted 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal in category Movies.
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The Lightning Thief Report Abuse
This YA novel by Rick Riordan tells the thrilling tale of young Percy Jackson who finds out that is a demigod, descended from the Greek God Poseidon. This book is filled with exciting action sequences, funny jokes, and clever little details about Greek mythology. However, everything that makes this book magical was completely lost in the film. How you can take something that is inherently interesting and make it so blah is beyond me.
32 points - added 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal - 1 comment
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They left out important characters for the sequel!
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Harry Potter Report Abuse
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Bonfire of the Vanities Report Abuse
This social satire by Tom Wolfe is a scathing account of 80s excess is a brilliant novel, however somehow it got lost in the translation to film. But maybe this 700 page book is unfilmable, what with so much of the novel being analysis of New York City class politics are Wolfe's spot-on descriptions of stockbrokers, social activists, tabloid reporters, and civil servants.
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American Psycho Report Abuse
There's probably a lot of people that will disagree with me on this one, but I really hated this film. And I had such high hopes for it. Christian Bale was an excellent choice to play Patrick Bateman, but his performances during the murder scenes was so over-the-top it seemed almost like a caricature. One of the greatest things about the book was the social critique of the world of the wealth in 80s New York City, who's lives center around restaurant reservations, business cards, and doing cocaine. However, that edgy look at this portion of society is as good as lost in the film.
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How The Grinch Stole Christmas Report Abuse
The problem with adapting books into movies is that so often there is so much material in a book that it's impossible to tell the whole story in 90 minutes. The opposite is true of picture books. While picture books tell great stories, they are extremely short. The only way to make it into a movie is to add more characters, plot lines, sub plots, details, etc. And as we see in this film, it usually isn't good. While Jim Carey did a decent enough job as the Grinch, although many of his jokes felt forced, the movie on the whole was a garish over-done nightmare, with all the subtle nuances of the book completely lost.
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The Da Vinci Code Report Abuse
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Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Report Abuse
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The Human Stain Report Abuse
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Bram Stoker's Dracula Report Abuse
While Gary Oldman gave a fine performance, I cannot forgive Keanu Reeves for his (bad) English accent
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Love in the Time of Cholera Report Abuse
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All The King's Men (2006) Report Abuse
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The Scarlet Letter (1995) Report Abuse
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Slapstick (Of Another Kind) Report Abuse
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Great Expectations (1998) Report Abuse
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This wasn't just a bad film adaptation of a beloved novel. It actively tried to (and did) spit on the central themes and ideals of Heinlein's work. Poorly acted and poorly thought out, it perverts, ignores and leaves out central plots, characters and scenes (such as the bastardization of Zim's knife training sequence). It was an irredeemable farce, undermining and mocking Heinlein's philosophy, in favor of tired, trite and cliche anti-militarism and anti-materialism. If I wanted to watch Robocop, I'd watch Robocop. Verhoeven and Neumeier did it better the first time, without shoehorning its themes into a film 'based' on a work of science fiction greater than any they could ever aspire to make.
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Twilight Report Abuse
While the films are beginning to grow on me, especially Eclipse which is almost a good movie, Twilight is an absolute mess. Sure, the books aren't brilliant or anything, but they are interesting and entertaining. But somehow all the details that made the book a great read, are cut out of the movie. Add to that the fact that the acting abilities of Kristen Stewart (why was she stuttering the whole time?) and Robert Pattinson are limited at best, it makes the film an odd sort of torture to watch.
3 points - added 8 years ago by missdeweydecimal - 1 comment
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a good movie adaptation should have good writing and acting. these movies do not have either
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