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Worst ever adaptation of a book

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Initial post: 23 Jul 2011 22:59:57 BDT
Cecilia Ahern's "P.S., I love you" - fabulous, hear-rending story based on a new widow coping with her grief. The book is set in Ireland, and is totally rubbished by the film, with most of the story suddenly switching to New York (WHY?!) Gerard Butler's attempt at an Irish accent could be Scottish/Russian/Serbian - or anything other than Irish?! PLEASE don't let this film put you off reading the book - or, if you have already read the book PLEASE don't watch the film!

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 05:20:28 BDT
D. Lench says:
the golden compass, simply because they didn't finish it properly
as whats the point in starting something if your not going to finish it just because of some negative reactions

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 09:06:02 BDT
Emma290497 says:
Atonement... never seen anything worse

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 12:03:02 BDT
Dreamcatcher by Stephen King. A large part of the story was cut out and the ending was changed. If you had not read the book you would have been lost.

Timeline by Michael Chrichton. Good book. Not so good film.

Posted on 31 Jul 2011 07:30:38 BDT
'The Bicentennial Man'. <shudder> A film with no redeeming features.

Posted on 1 Aug 2011 09:28:09 BDT
pirates 4 on stranger tides, it was originally called on stranger tides before they confirmed it was based on the book, they did this in order to escape any copyright laws over the name, they then modelled a story somewhat based on the premise for the book but completely different as the narrative played out

Posted on 6 Aug 2011 01:31:56 BDT
M. White says:
'The Bonfire of the Vanities'. Murdered that classic tale

Shoehand Spook

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 09:45:04 BDT
E. Nash says:
Eragon - the book was ok but the movie was horrendous

Posted on 12 Aug 2011 15:33:35 BDT
darren shan

Posted on 15 Aug 2011 19:52:58 BDT
The Shining - the film on its own was actually quite suspenseful and exciting - it would have been better to watch it without prior knowledge of the book,which was a terrifying heart - stopper. The dirctor/producer took so many liberties and changed so much that it was barely recognisable as the film of the book. Apparently Stephen King was horrified when he saw the end product!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2011 15:32:08 BDT
trianon says:
I assume you mean the Kubrick version of The Shining - I agree bloody awful! Its my favourite Stephen King book too. There is another movie version starring rebecca deMornay which is much better and true to the book.

Posted on 22 Aug 2011 16:51:23 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Yes, Kubrick' s "The Shining" is a bad adaptation. But it's a much better film - as a film - than King's novel is a piece of literature (and the book is indeed a good page-turner). For comparative purposes: the opposite applies to "The Dead Zone" (while Cronenberg's film is a very good film - it might even be the best of the King adaptations - the book beats it). So, scores:

Kubrick's "The Shining" (as a film): 9.5/10
Kubrick's "The Shining" (as a faithful adaptation): 4/10.

King's "The Shining" (as a great book): 7/10.

Posted on 22 Aug 2011 20:13:40 BDT
Paul Tapner says:
Nobody said I am Legend yet? Goodness. Not a bad film for what it is, but not a patch on the book. Mind you everyone else I spoke to who saw it loved it. None of them had read the book though, so they didn't have the same expectations of it that I did.

Posted on 24 Aug 2011 00:47:58 BDT
Eragon - Great book. Mediocre film. Absolutely abysmal adaptation to film.

Starship Trooers - Fantastic book. Decent movie. No excuse for such a bad adaptation.

Battlefield Earth - Phenomenal book. Below mediocre film. Piss poor adaptation of only the first half of the book.

Planet Of The Apes - Very good, thought provoking book. Excellent original film. Pretty good Tim Burton Remake (though it could have stood a bit more story development). Neither film even attempted to be an adaptation of the book. They only shared the concept with the book. A planet ruled by talking apes. The original had a brilliant shocking twist of an ending, but the Tim Burton film restored the equally shocking ending from the novel.

I Am Legend - Brilliant book. Decent film. Less than stellar adaptation to film. His sacrifice at the end of the book was a powerful statement, from which the book got its title. The sacrifice at the end of the Will Smith film seems hollow and devoid of meaning in comparison.

And just because I have to mention it, Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix - In what universe is it acceptable to adapt a series of books to film, and make the longest book into the shortest film?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Aug 2011 22:08:47 BDT
Jack says:
There's a thread on the forum about films that make people cry and I couldn't think of one until I read Sam's post on this thread. But thinking about how Robin Williams somehow made a pig's ear out of a silk purse is enough to make anyone cry. A sweeping epic of a story reduced to two hours of maudlin ....

Posted on 29 Aug 2011 00:43:38 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Yes, and he very nearly ruined "A.I" for me too.

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 16:00:53 BDT
I. Watts says:
I think the Bond film of 'The Spy who Loved Me' has to be one of the worst adaptations for film of all time.
Ian Fleming's novel is a brilliant, thrilling story, which bears no resemblence to the dreadful film whatsoever.

Posted on 4 Sep 2011 17:37:00 BDT
Philip Pullman's book "Northern Lights" is still waiting to be lovingly brought to film. "The Golden Compass" came no where near. As D.L already remarked the ending was cut short... purportedly the ending in the book was going to be the beginning of the second film based on "The Subtle Knife". The film also altered the sequence of events and omitted characters important to the original storyline that would create problems for any sequel.

Pullman sought to show that good people can do bad things and bad people can do good things, an observation of human nature that is easy enough for young european readers to understand but perhaps too much for US film goers to take in. Some of the casting, to my mind, was spot on, e.g. Sam Elliot as Lee Scoresby. However, Dakota Blue Richards portrayal of Lyra the young girl - and central character - destined to bring about the end of destiny is unbelieveable.

I enjoyed Peter Jackson's film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy and hope one day he will do justice to The Dark Materials.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2011 09:59:32 BDT
N. Messenger says:
'The Golden Compass'
Or 'Northern Lights' maybe, might have made it better, who knows?
Astonishing book. Turd of a movie.
I loathed the horrible sub-LOTR, cash-in to consumers, set-up of the movie.
In addition, the true vision was quashed by supposed consumer sentiment in the USA which begs the point again...why did they go ahead with this travesty?

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 19:03:42 BDT
'The Time Travellers Wife'
'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', 'The Girl who Played with Fire' and 'The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest' and yes I do mean the Swedish versions, I feel pretty alone on this as many people seem to think they are great. And no, it is not because I don't like reading subtitles.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 11:19:40 BDT
mckavitt says:
What did you expect from a US film industry job? Of course i won't see the film, and i wouldn't have even without your good warning. But thanks for the warning anyhow.

Posted on 19 Sep 2011 11:23:18 BDT
mckavitt says:
The Maltese Falcon. Yup, the worst. When i was young i loved it and stored it in my memory for later consultation. When that happened i was appalled at the exceptionally bad acting (excepting Sidney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre), Bogart's nervous lip twitch worse than ever and Mary Astor over-acting to a peak hysteria unworthy of the role. I'll (probably) never watch it again.

Posted on 19 Sep 2011 12:59:39 BDT
Shazzerman says:
^That's the best joke I've heard all year!

Posted on 20 Sep 2011 16:24:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 20 Sep 2011 16:44:47 BDT
stranding says:
These two posts have mysteriously appeared in the "Anyone watching the Killing" discussion from mckavitt. They make no sense there but we think they should fit in here??? If they don't, please feel free to pass them on...

mckavitt says:
I so agree with you about The Kingdom by Triers. Fantastic. And i'm not in the least surprised to hear that the 'Hollywood edition' stinks. We also agree about David Lynch's films (apart from ELEPHANT MAN, which i deem a masterpiece). His film TWIN PEAKS was so bad i regretted being in the movie theatre every five minutes, kept telling myself it had to get better every five minutes, but it never did alas. I regretted wasting my precious time, energy, etc. I even refrained from reviewing it on my cinema radio show at the time.
Do you think this post adds to the discussion?


mckavitt says:
Yes, lots of us are, apparently. And i in France and--get ready--not even in VOST, but in French! But it's still fabulously good--a real plodder in the sense that one is never quite sure where one is. It's subtle too. Now i know it's on BBC4 on Saturdays, i'll be tuning into it there! Thanks for the cue. It is so suspenseful and exciting. And terrible. Let's not forget that.

Posted on 20 Sep 2011 17:54:19 BDT
Shazzerman says:
Don't encourage him - he has Huston's "Maltese Falcon" - absolute masterpiece and a Swiss watch of precision - as his pick for Worst Adaptation. He's madder than Mad Jack McMad etc...
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