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Movies that don't live up to the book

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Magicalmrmistofeles Sat 06-Jun-15 21:31:29

Everyone thinks I'm weird, I don't do movies. The books are so much better...

I'm trying to watch Gone Girl now but god it's shit, the book wasn't great and now I'm bored.

logicalfallacy101 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:38:44

Jack Reacher by Lee Child...come on. Tiny Tom Cruise playing a character who's 6'4". Theres loads of my fav books made into films, and every one falls short.(Pardon the pun). grin

SolitudeSometimesIs Sat 06-Jun-15 21:40:18

We need to talk about Kevin...Amazing book. Absolute shitefest of a movie. I judge everyone who likes the film!

TheOriginalWinkly Sat 06-Jun-15 21:40:53

The Golden Compass was a travesty.

Tweezertastic Sat 06-Jun-15 21:40:58

The children of men. There was humour in the book and a great story. The film was a major disappointment

igglu Sat 06-Jun-15 21:41:20

Captain Correli's mandolin. My favourite book, but the film was abysmal.

Discworld101 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:41:23

All the Harry Potters, tbh.

Maze Runner. And Blade Runner.

The Hobbit (all of them, especially any moment which contains Stephen Fry, or weird molten gold chase scenes)

Blanketsandpillows Sat 06-Jun-15 21:41:48

Loads....but the golden compass stands out for me too

cardibach Sat 06-Jun-15 21:42:14

All of them. Every film of the book ever. All a disappointment.

PeterParkerSays Sat 06-Jun-15 21:42:53

Possession. AS Byatt's novel is wonderful, the film could be stuffed with paxo at Christmas.

Also the Da Vinci Code. I didn't much like the book but the main character in it certainly wasn't Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford maybe but definitely not Tom Hanks.

Gumnast2014 Sat 06-Jun-15 21:43:57

Not a movie but TV programme

Casual vacancy by jk Rowling

I reAlly liked the book

Moln Sat 06-Jun-15 21:50:06

Oh yes Solitude We Need to Talk About Kevin

Film was awful!

wigglesrock Sat 06-Jun-15 21:50:54

Time Travellers Wife

runningvixen Sat 06-Jun-15 21:53:54

The Plague Dogs.

WoonerismSpit Sat 06-Jun-15 21:55:48

Perks of being a wallflower

YerTiz Sat 06-Jun-15 21:58:18

Are there any films that do live up to the book? I can't think of any.

Fruityb Sat 06-Jun-15 21:59:04

Another one for Corelli. Dear lord what were they thinking with that God awful movie.

I love the Harry Potter movies but feel they're a separate entity from the books. Just not the same at all.

BitterChocolate Sat 06-Jun-15 22:04:53

There are films that live up to the book, not many though. I think High Fidelity is a better film than the book. I thought the first Hunger Games was really good too.

hedgehogsdontbite Sat 06-Jun-15 22:06:51

Flowers in the Attic. Loved the books. Still trying to work out if the film was supposed to be a piss take.

PandaMummyofOne Sat 06-Jun-15 22:07:40

All of them! I really hate it when they turn books into films. The lovely bones was a fucking awful film! Casual vacancy series film was crap. Gone girl was crap. GoT is the only real exception. But that may be because the author is part of the writing team.

YerTiz Sat 06-Jun-15 22:10:31

Ah Bitter, I haven't read those.

Yes Panda, lovely bones was hideous.

Life of Pi was a bit meh.

meandjulio Sat 06-Jun-15 22:10:58

OMG Fever Pitch. I HATED that film. Book is a format-defying episodic distillation of something that had never been written about like that before. Film is a plodding Brit-rom-com with a horrible Men Behaving Badly style po-faced female character who had all the life of a boiled sweet.

serialgrannie Sat 06-Jun-15 22:15:09

Mostly, films of books are a terrible disappointment. There are exceptions however. To Kill a Mockingbird is a wonderful book and the film is fab (watch it every Christmas - Gregory Peck is amazing).

Also Gone With the Wind is OK, though admittedly not anything like as good as the book.

I agree about Captain Corelli's Mandolin which was a terrible film of a tremendous book. Nicholas Cage was appalling. I could not bear it when they completely screwed up the ending.

lisaloulou84 Sat 06-Jun-15 22:17:00

The bad.... The Hobbit, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Last Song (Miley Cyrus really??)
The good... The notebook, High Fidelity, Mockingjay pt 1 (not so much the first two)

TheAuthoress Sat 06-Jun-15 22:21:40

IMO no films live up to the book. The only one I'd say did a decent job was The Green Mile. I never watch a film after I've read a book now. I did watch Gone Girl and enjoyed it, but I haven't read the book.

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