Thursday Movie Picks: Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Today we are going to talk about the worst book to movie adaptations! I’ll probably always be in the minority on this, but I really enjoy adaptations for the most part. Even when the material isn’t adapted super faithfully, I just love seeing it come to life, but … as with all things, not everything turns out great. This topic was suggest by Becks @The Punk Theory and I hope you’ll all enjoy it!

*I’ll stick to books I’ve actually read here, but know that I know there are a lot more bad examples of adaptations*

Fallen

Oh boy, it’s a long time that I’ve read and/or watched this, but it was not great. I’m pretty sure they fully intended for this to become the next Twilight, just with angels, but they missed the mark by a lot.

Inkheart

The Inkheart trilogy is one of my all time favorite childhood book series and I was elated when they decided to make them into a movie. Paul Bettany as Dustfinger and Brendan Fraser as Mo were really great casting choices, but other than that … I found very little to like about what they did with my beloved material. It’s a shame, because so many cast members were really top notch, but somehow they couldn’t portray the whimsy and magical setting or even the beautiful complexity of the characters.

My Sister’s Keeper

The book and movie are both sure to make you cry with their devastating premise, but by changing the end of the film, I felt like they undermined one of the key elements of the book. It’s not a bad movie exactly, but I felt like they lost a really important message along the way.

The Wave (1981)

This was a movie made for TV and it really showed in its quality. Based on the book that is based on a real life experiment a teacher underwent with his class, this movie just felt fake and corny. I remember having to watch it in school and just shuddering at the bad performances.


What are book to movie adaptations you were not happy with? Let’s talk!

Thursday Movie Picks: Adaptations

In these final weeks of the year, I decided I might want to try and join in on the Thursday Movie Picks feature. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I thought was doable since I started watching more movies this year and am always looking for new and fun ideas to incorporate on my blog! (Better late than never, eh?)

This week’s theme is adaptations! I feel like I am known for having a weird love for movie tie-ins for my books, so, I think I should have no problem naming some good movies. I might even try ones where I liked the movie BETTER than the book.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I did not like this book. Something about the main character was just so massively irking that I disliked the whole thing because of it. However, when the movie came around, I was utterly charmed by it and I definitely cried. Cause it’s sad. That needs to be said!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

I wouldn’t necessarily say the movie is better than the book, but I do believe that the movie made a lot of people aware of its source material. It was just so cute and sweet, people wanted to know more and that even though it already had a huge following in the book community.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

My love for the book and the movie run equally as deep. They don’t focus on the same aspects and change a couple things, which is only natural considering the time constraint of movies. It still gives me a warm feeling inside and makes me want to find love on a remote island.

Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth is based on the actual diaries of Vera Brittain, so, to say that she didn’t write well would be hugely unfair. Her diaries cover so many years and are in great detail, which just means it’s a lot. I think the adaptation manages to comprise that convoluted source material really well and doesn’t lose the personal aspect and emotion at all.

Honorary Mention: Little Women

It would be unfair to judge this in comparison with the book, because I have not read it. But Little Women is one of my favourite movies of this year (because yes, I have only watched it in 2020) and I would not want to miss this specific version of the tale ever again.


What are some of your favourite adaptations (be it from book, comic or game to screen – all is fair game!)? What did you think of my picks? Would you like me to continue with this series?