Friday 18 May 2018

Book Blogger Hop: What Are Your Worst Movies Based Off Of Books?

What were your worst movies based off of books? 

I think it'll always be universal fact that the book is better than the movie but there are some where I've read the books, and then watched the movies, and still really enjoyed the films. 

For example, I really enjoyed the first Twilight movie. I thought that was pretty close to the book and well done.

The Hunger Games movies I thought were excellent.

The Lord of The Rings movies (extended editions) were pretty damn awesome too.

The Notebook will always be a romantic favourite.

There are countless others that I quite enjoyed, and even more that I know are from books but I've never read the book so can't comment on whether I thought the adaptation was good or not.

A book to film doesn't always have to go badly... It's just maddening how off the mark they can be sometimes.

Here are some perfect examples of what I considered a horrible book to movie translation:

Vampire Academy. 
Did you SEE what they did to that book? To Dimitri? To all of it? Gah! 
I shudder in horror every time I think of it and seeing as I only watched it recently the horror is still fresh. 

Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. 
The book is awesome, the film is garbage. 
The little dude enjoyed the film and is so very confused - now he's listened to the book - over why the film is so different. 

I had to give him the 'Hollywood like to butcher lovely books' talk. 
I mean, they butchered The Lightning Thief movie too but I think because I saw it before reading the book that I'm possibly more forgiving of the changes made in that one... 

Harry Potter. 
Yep. I've said it. I hate them. 
And I'm not sorry. 
I will always hate them and I will argue in great amounts of detail with anyone who thinks they were done well... 
Except for The Philosopher's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. They were okay. 
The rest should be cast into a fiery pit and tortured for all eternity for being the abominations that they are.

Confessions of a Shopaholic
It doesn't matter how annoying I found the book, the film was worse. A bazillion times worse with a cherry on the top.
If you haven't seen it, be thankful.

I'm sure there are more, in fact I know there are more, that I've found appalling but these are the ones that jumped immediately to mind.
I'm really looking forward to seeing other people's answers to this question!


  1. I agree with you on the Harry Potter movies, to an extent. I still enjoy the films myself but starting from Prisoner of Azkaban, I was disappointed by the adaptations because they started to stray too far from the books, cutting out some really great scenes.

    Have a wonderful weekend. - Katie

    1. One of my biggest bug bears about HP is how his relationship with the Weasley's is portrayed. I mean, they become his family whereas the movies have a stilted 'otherness' to his relationship with them.

  2. LOL I'm so not going to argue with you but I quite enjoyed The Harry Potter series. I didn't mind Vampire Academy, it wasn't the best but I've definitely seen worse. I don't think any movie adaptation can EVER do it's book counterparts any justice.

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    1. I think movie adaptations are always going to be different but they don't need to rip the fundamental core out of the story for giggles... I enjoy movie adaptations if I'm able to separate them in my head from the books and just enjoy them as a separate story.

  3. I liked the books and movies for the Twilight Saga. I love The Notebook movie, I haven't read the book. I have to agree with you somewhat about Vampire Academy. I liked some of it but not really the entire thing. Have a great weekend!

    1. I especially didn't like the dude that portrayed Dmitri. He wasn't buff enough or pretty enough, lol. Yep, I'm that shallow sometimes... The chick that played Rose was good though.

  4. I totally agree on Shopholic. The movie was just awful.

    1. Yep, probably why they - thankfully - didn't make any sequels!

  5. Whew most I've seen have been pretty bad. lol I've been told PS I Love You is MUCH better in movie than book but I've not read it yet.

  6. Good answer! I've seen Vampire Academy and Percy Jackson mentioned quite a bit this week. I haven't really read or seen either, but I saw the first half of Vampire Academy and was not impressed, so it's somewhat put me off of reading the book. I think I should still give it a shot though.

    I definitely know what you mean in regards to still being able to enjoy a film, even if it is based off a book. There are some films that are based off of books that don't do the book justice, but I can still appreciate them as movies separately.

    Feel free to check out my own answer if you wish!

    - Charlotte (InkBlottings)

  7. Omg! I thought Vampire Academy was amazing but I have never read the

  8. lol I thought The Percy Jackson And The Lightening Thief was pretty good not amazing but good enough but I have not read the books yet, so I might also get really confuse as well when I read the Percy Jackson books. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop last week Nicola.


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