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What book that you have read had the worst movie adaption made from it?

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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 1:11:25 PM PST
Gryphon X says:
"Maybe the movie wanted to glamourize his life."

I'd expect nothing less than that from Spielberg - especially after the way he prettied up Oskar Schindler's character for the screen. The best one can hope for is that an entertaining movie will be made in the process, because the whitewashing all complexity out of existence part comes with the territory.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 8, 2010 1:24:20 PM PST
Balok says:

"I did enjoy the movie Catch Me If You Can, but after watching it, I read the book which went SO much more in depth."

Welcome to Spielberg's world. (I thought that Christopher Walken was, as usual, amazingly fantastic, though.)

Posted on Dec 8, 2010 1:28:57 PM PST
Balok says:
I'm going to suggest an addition to the list that is not actually all that bad of a movie: the 1995 version of _Harrison Bergeron_. Miranda de Pencier is certainly pleasant enough to look at that one regrets her choice to move to the production side, and Howie Mandel is amusing as the talk-show host. But in expanding the short story into a movie, they managed to completely subvert the message of the story. The short story is a satiric look at a recurring theme in Vonnegut's writing: the paradox between American society being based on the idea that everyone is equal while people are clearly not "equal." By inventing an "intellectual underground," the filmmakers undermined the entire point that Vonnegut was trying to make -- once you take "equality" to its logical extreme as Vonnegut did, there cannot *be* an "intellectual underground" any more than the "Brotherhood" of _1984_ can be anything other than a front for the government.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2010 7:22:46 PM PST
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Jonathan says:
"...the whitewashing all complexity out of existence part comes with the territory. "<

GX - How do you think Spielberg fared with injecting complexity (or, rather, not stripping it all away) in 'Munich'? Seen that one? I thought that was his best since the 1970's.

I used to love 'Empire of the Sun' as a kid. Later I read the Ballard roman a clef it was based on. What a disappointment re-watching this film after so many years. The whole second half of the movie is a wash. Sad.
'The Color Purple' was another terribly overrated movie based on a very fine book.

Posted on Dec 10, 2010 7:35:39 PM PST
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Gryphon X says:
"How do you think Spielberg fared with injecting complexity (or, rather, not stripping it all away) in 'Munich'? Seen that one?"

No. After 'Schindler's List' I'd thoroughly had enough of Spielberg treating "serious" subject matter. 'The Color Purple' should have warned me. The problem is, to go by 'Jurassic Park' or 'War of the Worlds,' he's not capable of making a good mindless entertainment anymore, either. 'Catch Me If You Can' was okay, but I also went into it with a REALLY forgiving spirit. Not something I need to see again.

Posted on Dec 11, 2010 12:49:28 PM PST
P.S. I love you, is like the worst book adaption ever...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2010 6:24:24 AM PST
M. Gaudet says:
Prince Caspian.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2010 12:11:00 PM PST
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Tinker says:
Bakshi's version was the latest I have seen. Your comments made me realize I have not been paying attention.
Bakshi is an artist. He melded live film with old-style animation and other techniques that put him ahead of his time. His work is fundamental to modern animation ... a very innovative man. I really liked his work, and have retained it in my library. And, yes, I do know it is borderline porno at times. But the artwork and mood scenes are nice. I have to do a lot of mind-block on most modern television, so this was good practice.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 3:07:02 PM PST
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"Love Comes Softly"--the whole series. If it could be changed, they did. By the 3rd movie they were pretty much completely unrecognizable from the books!! People died who shouldn't, didn't die who should, names were changed, ages were changed, characters were completely changed or just totally left out (like about 4 of Clark and Marty's kids), and on and on and on!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2010 3:08:09 PM PST
"Munich" was terrible!! Watch "Sword of Gideon". Same story--so much better done!

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 6:01:19 PM PST
batsblood says:
for me, it's definitely Carrie. I love that book but boy the movie sucked. and I didn't like what Kubrick did to the shining.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 6:14:52 PM PST
RISING SUN by Michael Crichton was an excellent book but the movie version with Sean Connery and Wesley Snipes was unbearable to watch. Sean Connery was perfect for the role of Capt. John Connor but Wesley Snipes was awfully miscast. After reading the book I was so disappointed in the movie.

Mobashar Qureshi

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 4, 2011 6:20:16 PM PST
Hikari says:
One mark in Wesley's favor: his Japanese accent was much more authentic than the supposed 'expert' in Japanese culture & language. Sir Sean is inimitable but he can't do accents. Who cares when he has The Accent . .? Snipes' Japanese was better.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 1:45:24 AM PDT
Every Stephen King books
Davinci Code
Every comic book movie

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 4:11:47 AM PDT
Gregory says:
The Stand. The miniseries was a TV disaster. King's books seldom make for great movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2011 8:08:07 AM PDT

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 9:20:24 AM PDT
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BMW says:
"Children books" seem to be the worst for me.
Tuck Everlating, Percy Jackson, Eragon, City of Ember, The Seeker.

Also the newest 'Jane Eyre' was pretty cringe-worthy in my opinion.

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:25:55 PM PDT
Steelers fan says:
The 1959 "The Sound And The Fury", from William Faulkner's great experimental-narrative novel. Admittedly, to do the book properly, from all the differing points of view, is a formidable challenge. But the movie is terrible; it doesn't begin to do the novel justice. And Yul Brynner as Jason Compson (heavy accent and all) represents some of the worst casting in Hollywood history.

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:36:36 PM PDT
Steelers fan says:
Stanley Kramer's film of Glendon Swarthout's "Bless The Beasts & Children" is awful.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:42:36 PM PDT
Hikari says:
>>>Also the newest 'Jane Eyre' was pretty cringe-worthy in my opinion.

How so? If we are talking excellent adaptation, I think they hit the nail right on the head. FINALLY Mr. Rochester was embodied by an actor with undeniable appeal for young Jane. For the first time, I could see what Jane supposedly sees. In the other versions I have mostly had to suspend my disbelief. The William Hurt-Charlotte Gainsbourg version was not bad, but this new version's casting was better, certainly more age-appropriate than in versions past. I've read the novel numerous times and they didn't leave anything of import out.

Posted on May 22, 2012 4:55:22 PM PDT
"The Golden Compass" movie did such a disservice to that exceptional book--I felt nauseous watching it, it literally HURT.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 4:57:19 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
JLS was kind of a fad. Obviously with the success of the Secret, this proto-New Age story could make a comeback with the right promotion. Threre is a reason Stephen King made his famous psuedonym RICHARD BACHman. (While King has weaved his own myth about the creation of Mr. Bachman. The story of his origin is simple. King found a story, an angry story he wrote when he was young called about a school shooting called "Rage". A curiousity emerged whether it was a publishable and not wanting to draw attention to the fact that it was written best-selling writer, a pseudonym was cooked up that was obviously a joke on another famous best-selling writer of the day.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 5:18:28 PM PDT
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K. DeV says:
I did not read the book, but I agree with your assessment of the movie... it hurt very greatly indeed. I was so dissatisfied with the movie that I have yet to come to a decision on whether or not I should read the book.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 5:25:08 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
Personally I would love to read Ray Bradbury novellizing his own screenplay. While roaming through Ishmael's muddled mind has it's own rewards. I do suspect Ishmael's last name is Shandy. It might be nice to actually read the confrontation between the Ahab and the Great White Whale that people say is in the novel. Rather than Ishmael waxing philosophic over this and that aspect of whaling. Honestly, It's like reading Bilbo Baggins' first draft of There and Back Again if Bilbo were an amateur professor of comparative theology.

Persusasion from all accounts was a fair adaptation of the book. Trailer shorthand doesn't really tell you anything about the movie. How many times have you read a blurb for a novel and then realized it bore about as accurate account of the events of the book as Kenobi's tale of Darth Vader murdering Anakim Skywaker.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2012 9:06:34 PM PDT
Hikari says:
You're right--The Golden Compass was such a disappointment, a planned sequel was scrapped. I wanted to like it, with Daniel Craig, Oxford, and an exceptional child actress in the lead, but it's one of the most forgettable movie viewings of my lifetime--a collosal disappointment.
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