Disappointed book inspired films

(55 Posts)
Moyerette Mon 07-Oct-13 18:38:47

What book inspired films would you say really let the literature down?

One that really sticks in my mind is Cecelia Ahern's PS: I Love You. I adore the book. It has moments of laughter and sadness. I actually cried reading it.

The film was a huge disappointment. I just couldn't gel with it. It didn't flow right and quite a substantial amount of the book was left out.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin. Book beyond brilliant. Film dire.

mummytime Mon 07-Oct-13 18:43:50

But don't forget what Hitchcock did with most Daphne DuMaurier. There are probably others, where the film is better than the book.

JollyScaryGiant Mon 07-Oct-13 18:45:29

The Golden compass. I nearly walked out. I was seething.

I agree with PS I Love You, also The Davinci Code, couldn't put the book down, missed huge pieces out of the film. Biggest disappointment was Marley and Me, the book was the most touching book I have ever read (as a dog owner/lover), I went through a whole box of tissues at the end, DH sat aghast and watched me sob, film was a waste of time.
I believe if you have read the book don't bother with the film.

EachandEvery I must make a note to read Captain Corelli's Mandolin. I thought the film was OK which goes back to my post about seeing the film first. I am sure once I read the book I will change my mind about the film

Katekate77 Mon 07-Oct-13 18:50:31

Omg the golden compass! I'm livid! My favourite books of all time. If I win the lottery I'll buy the rights from new line cinema and remake them I promise! I'll get Ben affleck to direct, just because he's cute smile

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Mon 07-Oct-13 18:51:48

world war Z


Katekate77 Mon 07-Oct-13 18:52:10

I'm just about to start reading the girl with the dragon tattoo. Watched the film first which is unlike me, I like it- are the books good?

Earthworms Mon 07-Oct-13 18:52:41

Dark is rising

Gutted. My all time favourite book. Wrecked.

ElleMorte Mon 07-Oct-13 18:56:28

World War Z. Someone said: it has everything you loved ... about the title. Yup. Such an absolute waste of source material.

sisterofmercy Mon 07-Oct-13 19:05:11

I'm with you there Earthworms. Not my favourite book but one which terrified me as a youngster. The film would have fine (if rather average) if I'd not known the source material. I am glad that Alan Garner's books seem to have avoided film adaptation, <whispers> it must be time to redo the Owl Service on telly.... </whispers>

I think the best book adaptations are where the book was disappointing but the film is ace. I suspect Pride and Prejudice and Zombies would be much better on the screen.

BigW Mon 07-Oct-13 19:11:44

I am legend
Never let me go
Golden compass

I hear they are filming 'the book thief'. I loved that book too...

BigW the Book Thief is a brilliant book, would be interested to see the film adaptation.

CharlieAlphaKiloEcho Mon 07-Oct-13 20:01:54

Agree with you BigW on I am legend.

That was a great book and a poor film. The saving grace about that cinema trip was the fact that when the dog died a women behind us howled and howled until she was dragged out by her friend. I think she must have recently lost a dog but it was so surreal!

Takver Mon 07-Oct-13 20:02:09

Tales from Earthsea - I couldn't actually figure out how it related to the Earthsea books at all . . .

tumbletumble Mon 07-Oct-13 20:06:39

Katekate77 - I read the book first, enjoyed it and thought they did a reasonable job with the film (I saw the Swedish version as opposed to the American one). They had to leave out a lot though - the book is much more complicated.

TheNunsOfGavarone Fri 11-Oct-13 14:11:53

Another vote for Captain Corelli's Mandolin - urgghhhh.

valiumredhead Fri 11-Oct-13 14:22:13

The Woman in Black
The Lovely Bones
We need to talk about Kevin

Atonement is the only example of a film being better than the book imo.

valiumredhead Fri 11-Oct-13 14:24:08

Oh thought of another, all the Girl with Dragon Tattoo books are dull as ditch water but films are ok.

jeee Fri 11-Oct-13 14:25:35

The Dark is Rising. Painfully bad.

If we can give examples of films being better than the book, I put forward Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke's dodgy cockney accent and all.

Habbibu Fri 11-Oct-13 14:29:10

YY to the Dark Is Rising. Would make a wonderful TV series.

MirandaWest Fri 11-Oct-13 14:29:10

PS I love you nothing like the book.

I don't know how she does it - loved the book. Film was set in America (was meant to be in England) and missed out most of the point.

Have tried to read the English patient and failed at least twice but loved the film.

Chopsypie Fri 11-Oct-13 14:31:14

The book thief is released later this year I think.

Mine is the hunger games. And pride and prejudice. And the other Boleyn girl.

Actually I can't think of a good adaptation ?

TheGirlOnTheLanding Fri 11-Oct-13 14:43:51

Cold Mountain - woefully miscast.

Agree it's hard to think of a film that's better than the book, best I can usually say is if it's pretty true to the story.

Chopsypie Fri 11-Oct-13 15:03:36

I think my problem is often not the storyline but how they look. They just don't match the image that was in my head, so feel wrong.

EnlightenedOwl Fri 11-Oct-13 20:50:47

Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy is my all time favourite book
The film didn't come anywhere close to capturing it

valiumredhead Fri 11-Oct-13 21:32:06

Oh God yes, that was truly dire I agree.

eleanorofacquitaine Fri 11-Oct-13 23:09:38

I Capture the Castle I thought was very poor, though starring a young Henry Cavill as Stephen.

Agree absolutely about Atonement, better than the book.

I've never read Dark is Rising (we have it somewhere, I shall dig it out).

rosabud Sun 13-Oct-13 23:03:56

sad news about World War Z. Loved the book, was going to get the film now it is on DVD. Am not usually good at blood/guts type horror on screen but was going to psych myself up for this one as I liked the book so much. Shall I not bother??

Also I hated the film version of Anna Karenina which came out last year with Keira Stick Insect Knightley.

bionic77 Sun 13-Oct-13 23:12:49

The Beach with Leonardo di Caprio. They changed so much, none for the better.

valiumredhead Sun 13-Oct-13 23:42:18

I agree bionic, it was shocking and totally unnecessary.

1944girl Sun 13-Oct-13 23:57:00

Les Mis. I could not put the book down, but I thought the film version was a huge dissapointment.

Heartbrokenmum73 Mon 14-Oct-13 14:10:45

God yes to Dark is Rising. I've read those books so many times since I was a kid and I don't understand why they had to change so much of what is a wonderful story.

Same with the Disney Narnia films - those stories are already exciting, gripping, tense adventures - why feel the need to add more? Wtf was the waterfall nonsense, the fox, etc? Why, Disney, why?

jeee Mon 14-Oct-13 14:26:37

Agree with you about adding bits into Narnia Heartbrokenmum73 - but given that they left out the first half of the book of Prince Caspian (there was nothing about Caspian's childhood in the film), and given the book was pretty short anyway, they had to add loads of extra stuff.

Might have been easier if they'd actually used the content of the book before they started making stuff up.

CoteDAzur Mon 14-Oct-13 20:05:38

World War Z
Minority Report
Anna Karenina

... And come next month, I will almost certainly be adding Ender's Game to the list.

martinedwards Mon 14-Oct-13 20:17:02

all Stephen King books except the green mile and Shawshank

A good year. no similarity to the book. the screenwriter never even opened it! My guess is he read the back cover blurb.... English bloke goes to France looking for a vineyard and finds love instead... and then wrote a whole new story!

Chocolat.... all wrong!

martinedwards Mon 14-Oct-13 20:18:51

Oh yeah, I'm currently reading the Bourne trilogy.

now the films are great.... the books are great.

book 1.... close

book 2? utterly different.

I'll tell you about book 3 when I've read it!

EmergencyNicknameForMyOwnProte Mon 14-Oct-13 23:19:50

Interview with a vampire. Fucking jowly-chops Brad Pitt and twatty Tom Cruise <blows raspberry>. And Claudia. She's supposed to be about 5 years old, not 12! All the stuff about a mature woman being stuck in the body of a tiny child is rendered completely sodding null and void because in the film she's 12. wanders off muttering and tearing hair out

AnythingNotEverything Mon 14-Oct-13 23:24:27

The Time Traveller's Wife. Such a beautiful love story, but the film just misses the point entirely somehow. And miscast.

I'm actually still cross about it, and I don't think I even watched all of the film.

PinkFairyArmadillo Mon 14-Oct-13 23:32:59

all Stephen King books except the green mile and Shawshank

This, except I'd also add The Mist and 1408 as good adaptations. Yes, the end of The Mist is different but Frank Darabont really understood what the book was actually about and didn't just make it an all out monster movie. Apparently Stephen King wishes he'd thought of that ending first grin

Stanley Kubrick's version of The Shining is awful, it bears no resemblance to the book other than the fact there's a hotel in it.

WhoKnowsWhereTheBonnetsGo Mon 14-Oct-13 23:38:31

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version, the newer one isn't so bad).

JollyScaryGiant Tue 15-Oct-13 04:38:23

I thought the newer Willy Wonka film was grim actually. It really bugs me when films invent bits. The whole back story for Wonka bothered me.

Heartbrokenmum73 Tue 15-Oct-13 20:15:24

Awww, I love the Gene Wilder version! I know it's quite unlike the book (don't get me started on the dreadful Oompa Loompas and how that film has given the world that version of them!) but I think Gene Wilder's great in it, even though he doesn't look anything like a Quentin Blake illustration.

Whereas Luisa from this years Apprentice was the spitting image of Quentin Blake's illustration of one of The Witches...

WhoKnowsWhereTheBonnetsGo Wed 16-Oct-13 12:02:42

Neither version of CATCF is a patch on the book IMO, it's years since I've seen either (only seen each once) but I won't be watching them again any time soon.

crocodileshavenoears Wed 16-Oct-13 12:16:54

AnythingNotEverything - yes, The Time Traveller's Wife. I loved the book and the film was such a disappointment.

And "A Little Princess" - boarding school in New York? Chase across the rooftops? Noooooo!

freemilk Wed 16-Oct-13 12:19:02

Can I include Dangerous Liaisons (although i have to confess I havn't rad the book) saw the play which was so fantastic I wanted to go twice the film was dire in comparison

freemilk Wed 16-Oct-13 12:19:20

grrrrr typos


DontMentionThePrunes Wed 16-Oct-13 12:24:46

I am not a huge fan of the book, but I loathe The Hobbit. I think I basically hated everything about it, even Ken Stott.

WhoKnowsWhereTheBonnetsGo Wed 16-Oct-13 16:03:54

It's not film, but I really didn't like the TV adaptation of Little House on the Prairie. To be fair, I only ever watched it a few times, it wasn't how I imagined so I didn't like it, I don't know true to the books it really was.

I very rarely watch films or TV adaptations where I have read the books - if I loved the book they generally don't live up to it, if I didn't love the book there's not much incentive to watch either.

VerySmallSqueak Wed 16-Oct-13 16:11:26

Agree with The Golden Compass.

Although World War Z was completely unlike the book I still really enjoyed Brad Pitt the film. I went into it with an open mind having heard that it wasn't true to the book though so I was prepared.

The zombie film 'Autumn',however, was crap compared with the book of that name by David Moody.

I have the book of 'The Beach' waiting to read,having enjoyed the film,so I'm doing that one in reverse.

Nivet Wed 16-Oct-13 17:01:15

Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood - loved the book, the film is an abomination starring Sandra Bollock!

Mhw02 Wed 16-Oct-13 22:51:00

Completely agree on The Golden Compass. For a start because they called it The Golden Compass. It's not a compass, it's an alethiometer! And then, cutting the ending - why? Why?

Valium, don't quite agree with you about Atomement - I thought the film was excellent, but I preferred the way the ending played out in the book, it was so poetic and haunting it gave me shivers, though it was so introspective I can see it was have been nigh on impossible to film.

CircassianLeyla Tue 22-Oct-13 21:09:02

I have to disagree about The Time Traveller's Wife. I really liked the naked Eric Bana film. I really liked the book. I liked them as separate things though as I couldn't connect them together.

As a die hard Louis de Bernieres fan, I threw a teddy at the TV and shouted about 30 mins in. This is one film that misses the point entirely.

beatricequimby Fri 25-Oct-13 22:51:03

Disappointed by I Capture the Castle
Also the film 'Ramona and Beezus'. Ramona was cutesy which she absolutely isn't in the books. And the family were too well-off, in the book they are refreshingly normal.

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