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Hey all,

After yet another disappointing book adaptation (World War Z), I got to thinking what was the WORST ever book to movie...

Personally, one of my fave books has always been 'I am Legend'.

One of the greatest books ever written and the point behind it was completely missed by the movie adaptation...

For anyone who reads, please read this book. The movie was utterly pointless and disregarded completely the genius in this story.

However, I have probably been mislead myself by seeing a movie and not reading the book, any recommendations?
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Raise the Titanic. One of the Worst Films Ever! For whatever reason the Dirk Pitt series never seems to fair well onscreen.
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Raise the Titanic. One of the Worst Films Ever! For whatever reason the Dirk Pitt series never seems to fair well onscreen.


I've never read any Clive Cussler, worth a look?
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Eragon
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I second that. They took my favorite book series and dumped on it.
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I hate when they take a book title and completely gut the storyline in the movie/show. Eragon was terrible, so was raise the titanic...
I would have to say 'Blood and Chocolate'... it was nothing like the book. The True Blood TV show is also nothing like the books and seems to be running out of steam. World War Z would be impossible to do as a movie, so why did they bother??? Just came back from 'Mortal Instruments: City of bones'... it vaguely resembled the book. I wonder how badly Hollywood is going to butcher Enders game?.

Even though it got bad reviews, I enjoyed 'The Host'. Nothing like twilight. The Harry Potter series was well done as was Lord of the rings. My absolute favorite TV show is Game of Thrones, and it is pretty accurate to the books...
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I, Robot. I loved Asimov's book to pieces; it's one of the cornerstones of speculative sci-fi. The movie felt like a cash-in attempt.

Also, most of the movies that claim to be Beowulf. Some of the stuff they toss in is so mangled from the original that it's legitimately funny. The most recent version was actually one of the better ones by quite a long shot.
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I, Robot. I loved Asimov's book to pieces; it's one of the cornerstones of speculative sci-fi. The movie felt like a cash-in attempt.

Also, most of the movies that claim to be Beowulf. Some of the stuff they toss in is so mangled from the original that it's legitimately funny. The most recent version was actually one of the better ones by quite a long shot.

Speaking of horrid adaptations of Asimov's books: Nightfall. It's a pretty bad adaptation, but it's basically just a very bad movie in many ways. If you are ever given the opportunity to watch this, run away.

So, so much worse than I, Robot.
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The Cat In The Hat.
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Bavalt wrote:

I, Robot. I loved Asimov's book to pieces; it's one of the cornerstones of speculative sci-fi. The movie felt like a cash-in attempt.

Also, most of the movies that claim to be Beowulf. Some of the stuff they toss in is so mangled from the original that it's legitimately funny. The most recent version was actually one of the better ones by quite a long shot.

Speaking of horrid adaptations of Asimov's books: Nightfall. It's a pretty bad adaptation, but it's basically just a very bad movie in many ways. If you are ever given the opportunity to watch this, run away.

So, so much worse than I, Robot.


Noted. I've never read the full version of Nightfall, but the short story is one of my favorite pieces (which I'd actually completely forgotten about; thanks for reminding me that it existed). I'll be sure never to willingly watch the movie.
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Noted. I've never read the full version of Nightfall, but the short story is one of my favorite pieces (which I'd actually completely forgotten about; thanks for reminding me that it existed). I'll be sure never to willingly watch the movie.


I strongly prefer the short story to the novel. (That movie came before the novel was written.) To be honest, I enjoyed a lot of Asimov's short stories when I was younger and they really stuck with me. His collaborations with Silverberg years later, expanding some stories, just didn't have the same spark. That might be partly because I was older, but I think it's largely because making them longer didn't add anything I cared about, and turned them into something a bit more dull and muddy.
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I strongly prefer the short story to the novel. (That movie came before the novel was written.) To be honest, I enjoyed a lot of Asimov's short stories when I was younger and they really stuck with me. His collaborations with Silverberg years later, expanding some stories, just didn't have the same spark. That might be partly because I was older, but I think it's largely because making them longer didn't add anything I cared about, and turned them into something a bit more dull and muddy.




I can understand that. To be honest, I'm not familiar with too much of his work, but it seems to me that he usually relies very heavily on the 'what-ifs' of his work, to the point where the characters are mostly there to accentuate the speculative material. I can see how making them longer and developing the characters more would water down the core of the piece, which with Asimov, is always the inspiring idea.
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Dune. The tv series by SyFy was was well done but the original 80s film by David Lynch was quite awful.
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I'm not sure there are way too many to choose from

If I were to combine Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Part 1 and 2 as just one movie, I would have to say that is very high on the list
They left so much out, they leave things unresolved and it's just.... it didn't sit well with me

I've had people tell me "movies never do books justice" but to me if you go through the trouble of making it into 2 movies you can put in more effort

Eragon is a right up there too
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ippikiokamiotaku wrote:

Dune. The tv series by SyFy was was well done but the original 80s film by David Lynch was quite awful.


i dunno. i kinda have a soft spot for the 80s film. i feel like parts of the film work really well while others...not so much. the mini-series is superior though.
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