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Great books with bad movie adaptations
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Do comics count?

Wanted. It was such a gritty and over the top comic. It was about supervillains over throwing the world... then they made a movie of it and changed them to assassins?
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Stardust
The Time Traveler's Wife
Clan of the Cave Bear
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This is like comparing a LN to an anime adaptation. If you like the LN more you're going to hate the anime.

That said almost every single movie I've seen was trash compared to the book.
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Definitely Percy Jackson books.
LOTR and The Hobbit are great movies but they are so different from the books everything I have read so far is completely different from the movies...
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Hehe finally I can put my harry potter knowledge to the test... Actually Im sorry to say your wrong, in the book the buildings to move away to accomadate the bus the bus only accomated the things around it when there was a bus on either side of the night bus. If yo go back to that part in the prisoner of aszkaban you'll know what I mean
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I thought he did a pretty good job with it considering how impossible it would be to make a prefect adaptation for the LOTR books. The first book alone has enough content for 9 hours of a movie. I believe he made good choices as to what he should skip over. If I remember right, the parts he did hit upon from the book he were fairly true to the original. It's been years since I read the LOTR books, I can't remember that well.
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As a Stephen King fan, I am a veteran of watching terrible movie adaptations at this point. I could barely tolerate the first Children of the Corn, but the nine sequels? Pfftt. As if. The Running Man? It's a decent cheesy 80's Arnold flick by itself, but it's not even in the same universe as the book.



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I thought he did a pretty good job with it considering how impossible it would be to make a prefect adaptation for the LOTR books. The first book alone has enough content for 9 hours of a movie. I believe he made good choices as to what he should skip over. If I remember right, the parts he did hit upon from the book he were fairly true to the original. It's been years since I read the LOTR books, I can't remember that well.



ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IS SIMPLY MY OPINION!!!

Having read and loved the Hobbit and LOTR for many years I cant stand the movies, Fellowship of the Ring, Two Towers, and Return of the King had so much missing, changed or bastardized I found it horrifying to watch the movies. And making the Hobbit into 3 movies is / was a terrible thing as well, primarily done to line Hollywood's pocket with more money it doesn't deserve.

I'm not going to point out all the things I believe are wrong with the movies, if I did this post would be MASSIVELY long, but I will admit that one of the main reasons that I dislike them so much is because they failed to live up to what my imagination has made of the books.



On the main subject though I have a long list of books that have been been made into terrible movies, once again though I will point out that this is ENTIRELY MY OPINION and I understand that other people will disagree completely.

The Harry Potter movies - I'm 31 yrs old, (first read Philosopher's Stone when I was 17,) and I LOVE the books, they are a collective work of genius, but I found the movies to be dreadful, although a number of the actors did portray their roles very very well, Alan Rickman as Snape in particular being a brilliant performance.

For the following I enjoyed both the books and the movies

As somebody mentioned, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, They only resemble the books because the dinosaurs are the main characters.

Starship Troopers, the movie and book have almost nothing in common.

Stardust, yet again, I enjoyed both but there are a lot of differences between them.

Much as people really dislike the movie, I found Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief rather good, although the book and movie plots were very different, I still found it enjoyable. I'm not planning to watch Sea of Monsters though. Loved the books, but I'm a sucker for Greek mythology lol.

The Hunger Games was alright, though again the books were vastly superior.

I find that the vast majority of movies based on books are sadly inferior, but the primary benefit is that by making the movies it gives people an opportunity to read a lot of good books that the movies are (loosely) based on and for that I find that I'm ultimately thankful the movies get made.

For those that want a far truer version of the Lord of the Rings I would REALLY recommend the BBC Radio adaptation that was first released in the early 1980's, it's available on CD and is outstandingly enjoyable. (And about 13 hours in length.)
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such passion... lol
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The worst one I can think of is the Jack Reacher movie where they had Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.

Think of wimpy Tom Cruise playing the part of a guy that is "in the books" 6ft 5in and somewheres between 220 to 250 lbs.

I didn't even bother to even watch the trailers, but I do love the books.
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The thing that bothers me in the film adaptation of the first Percy Jackson is
...or I'm remembering that chapter wrong.
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Blasphemy, Battle Royale was great. Beat Takeshi man. Beat Takeshi.

It sucks there's no bruce springsteen and the like but as a movie, it's great.

Same thing with Edge of Tomorrow. Same gist of the story/themes, with different details.

The Harry Potter movies though, all but 7/7.5 are poop. I was most disappointed with 4. I so wanted to see that quidditch world cup on a big screen.
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Arielgirl375 wrote:

OMG dont get me started on the Dragon ball movie
wow just terrible. i mean yea its cool that they did a live action but... all the characters are soo different from the anime and manga.



Agree with you on that one, sister
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I'll agree with those that said Eragon.

I loved the series, but the movie... oh goodness...
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does this include good mangas with ruined anime?

sesameki koto ( good manga Shit anime)
Nana to Kaoru ( OVA anime episode was bad i havent seen the drama yet)
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