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Here we go, ya’ll. I just did the best book to movie adaptations, now I present the worst ones. These are the ones that butchered the book in one way or another. They may be good movies by themselves, but as an adaptation, they didn’t do so well. Also SPOILER ALERT.
1. Allegiant by Veronica Roth: The Divergent Series – movie in 2016
This movie is the third in a young adult trilogy. The books and movies in the trilogy are Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant. The first two movies were great, and they followed the books very closely. The third one changed the ending and I was so mad. Unfortunately, this book series did not have a very happy ending. Hollywood chickened out and turned it into the hunky dory movie ending.
2. The Shining by Stephen King – movie in 1980
This is a masterpiece from Stanley Kubrick. Most of the movie was amazing, and Jack Nicholson was the perfect Johnny. However, they drastically changed the ending. The hotel was supposed to have exploded at the end of the book and Johnny was supposed to die. This could be problematic if they decide to make a movie based on the sequel, Dr. Sleep.
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – movies in 2012, 2013, 2014
These movies did stick fairly well to the original story, however, I believe that turning it into trilogy was a dumb decision. The story felt so stretched out. It made the movies even boring at times. (Yes! A Lord of the Rings Movie that actually was…boring!) You can tell whoever wrote the script was really forcing the story to be longer than need be. The special effects were amazing, but I think fans would’ve preferred just one long movie.
4. Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Douglas Adams – movie in 2005
This is an odd quirky, science fiction tale. It follows a man trying to escape Earth right before it was destroyed. He travels through space and meets all kinds of colorful alien characters. It’s difficult to describe, though the movie was just simply not as good as the book. The casting was not the best suited for the story.
5. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson – movie in 2005
The 2005 Will Smith movie was actually the second movie adaptation of this book. The first was called The Omega Man, and was released in the 1970s starring Charlton Heston. The 2005 movie took the basic concept and changed it up. In the book, the creatures were not quite so feral as they are portrayed in the movie. The book also didn’t mention the concept of a virus. Overall, this version missed the mark with the details.
What worst book to movie adaptations are on your list?
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