The 10 Worst Book-to-Film Adaptations, Ranked
Many students tend to skip their assigned reading assignments. Don’t worry, because there’s probably a movie based on the book. Book-to-movie adaptations are usually for people who have read the book before and are curious about how the story would be portrayed on the big screen.
Rarely is a film adaptation better than the original work. There are some exceptions – for example, The princess to be married and Support me. There are countless film adaptations that have failed on screen.
ten The Time Traveler’s Wife Isn’t Your Typical Romance Movie Plot
2003 The Time Traveler’s Wife is a romance novel with science fiction themes by Audrey Niffenegger. The novel was adapted into a film starring former Hulk Eric Bana and teenage movie star Rachel McAdams. The Time Traveler’s Wife was released in 2009 and was delayed for a year due to reshoots.
Bana stars Henry DeTamble, a librarian with a medical condition that allows him to time travel. DeTamble falls in love with McAdams’ characters Clare Abshire. This shot alone The Time Traveler’s Wife slightly cringe. It resulted in mixed reviews among critics, but The Time Traveler’s Wife didn’t perform too badly.
9 Paper Towns had major differences between the movie and the novel
Everyone remembers the immense popularity of John Green’s novels among young adult readers. Especially from the popular, but heartbreaking film adaptation of Blame it on our stars. Another novel by Green, paper towns, didn’t receive the same praise when it was made into a movie.
While not a terrible movie, viewers criticized it for not being entirely faithful to the novel. “Yeah, the Paper Towns movie is like the book but also, you know, it’s not,” Green comments in an interview with Time.
8 The girl on the train contains crime novel cliches
The girl on the train is a best-selling 2015 crime novel by Paula Hawkins, which was adapted into a film in 2016. Emily Blunt plays Rachel Watson, an alcoholic divorcee who becomes embroiled in a missing person investigation.
The plot and themes of The Ggirl on the train is similar to another mystery book adaptation, Missing girl. The film adaptation of The girl on the train received mixed reviews from critics for its over-the-top cliches and lack of suspense compared to the novel.
seven Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Childen Film Changed Important Details
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is a fantasy novel by Ransom Riggs, released in 2011. An eponymous film adaptation by Tim Burton released in 2016. at Miss Peregrine features familiar actor names like Asa Butterfield and Judi Dench. Viewers criticized at Miss Peregrine for not following the original plot of the novel.
The ages and powers of the children were different from the source material. With Burton’s expertise, at Miss Peregrine was visually pleasing, but received mixed reviews for too much emphasis on visual effects and little on storytelling.
6 The Book Thief movie doesn’t compare to the success of the novel
The book thief is a 2005 World War II novel by Markus Zusak, which received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The bestselling book was adapted into a film of the same name released in 2013. Both the film and the novel follow the life of Liesel Meminger, who lives with her German adoptive family.
Liesel brings books into his house and shares them with Max, the Jewish man whom Liesel’s family shelters. While the great John Williams was composing the musical score, The book thief received mixed reviews for its confusing narrative.
5 The Giver had a random Taylor Swift cameo
Many school programs included the reading of Lois Lowry The donor. For some, it’s actually an enjoyable book. To others, The donor just didn’t make sense. The 2014 film adaptation made even less sense, as it only scratched the surface of the themes present in the original work. In the film, Jonas, the main protagonist, has aged a few years. Unlike the book, he pursues a romance with Fiona. Viewers criticized The donorThe rushed plot and random Taylor Swift cameo made things more confusing.
4 Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief is Riordan’s job in the sewers
the Percy Jackson Another childhood favorite about a teenager who discovers he has a mythological lineage is Rick Riordan’s series. Logan Lermans plays the title character Percy Jackson in both film adaptations produced from the source material.
This proves that the adaptations of the book to the cinema have been disastrous, when the author himself comments on them without ever seeing them. Riordan tweeted, “My life’s work goes through a meat grinder” and “They should just censor all of this. Just two hours of blank screen,“regarding Disney+ censoring part of The Lightning Thief.
3 The Mortal Instruments Movie Was Incredibly Confusing For Viewers
At Cassandra Claire’s The Mortal Instruments The series has been a big hit with readers of fantasy novels. The source material of the first novel, city of bones, was adapted into a movie and released in 2013. Lily Collins plays the lead role, Clary Fray, and Jamie Campbell Bower plays her love interest, Jace Wayland.
There was a sequel planned, City of Ashes, which is based on the second novel, but was canceled due to the poor performance of The Mortal Instruments. Additionally, Freeform released Shadow Hunters, a three-season spin-off series. However, the screen adaptation just confused viewers and lacked originality.
2 Divergent Series: Allegiant Was So Bad Part 2 Was Canceled
fans of the Divergent Veronica Roth’s trilogy should get a shocking ending to Alleviating, which made readers re-read what just happened. The film adaptation of the final book, alleviating, is also shocking, but in a bad way. It received a jaw-dropping 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ascending was to be released in theaters as the second part of alleviating, but it was canceled due to the financial failure of the first part. The spin-off TV series was also canceled, which ended Roth’s franchise.
1 A shortcut in time was a disaster
A shortcut in time is a 1962 fantasy novel by Madeleine L’Engle. The book was adapted into a 2003 TV movie by Disney. The second adaptation, in 2018, takes the cake for worst book-to-movie adaptation of all time. A shortcut in time features industry-leading names like Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey.
Sadly, A shortcut in time was a box office failure and lost over $100 million. A shortcut in time promotes diversity, but lacked an easy-to-follow plot based on the novel. It also overcompensated with CGI.
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