Book lovers! Gather and prepare to prove why books are always better than movies! How often have good books been trashed and destroyed by their movie counterparts? More times than we can count, that’s for sure. Most of us don’t even favor the idea of a book being made into a movie, because of how disastrous the results can get. Well, not all books are stunners, but we’ve known movies to make matters worse.
Whether it’s dissatisfactory casting or the lack of engagement in the story, here’s our list of movies that didn’t quite make the cut:
- 50 Shades of Grey
E.L. James’ already awfully-written series comes to life, and how. As if the books weren’t atrocious enough, the movie trumped it beyond expectations. It could easily pass off as soft core porn – the acting was set to match, too. You can tell that the actors had no chemistry (or acting skills, for that matter), the movie had no plot, and the dialogues had been given absolutely no attention.
- The Shining
Whoever has watched the movie but not read the book, please sit down. We don’t want to know what you thought of it. Regardless of the genius that is Kubrick, The Shining was a majorly disappointing film. The characters had almost no depth, SO MANY parts were cut out, and the bathroom scene was just wrong. Stephen King himself despised how his book was hacked into a movie that was so deplorable.
- Animal Farm
You’d expect a book from Orwell, master of dystopian stories, to be made into an equally astounding and thought-provoking movie, but that’s not what happened with Animal Farm. A satirical work on Stalinist Russia, this book was eye-opening towards the tendencies of humankind. Unfortunately, the movie was no match for the written piece, and the ending was thoroughly dismaying.
- Flowers in the Attic
Gothic family saga writer VC Andrews is best known for her Dollanganger series. It follows the lives of four children and the hardships they face from their own family, and then their experience out in the world. While the books were dark and fascinating, the movie was a sad, smudged reflection of its brilliance.
- Twilight Saga
Admittedly, the books weren’t so bad. It was meant to be a young fiction novel, and that’s what it delivered. The concepts were okay, the characters were cool, too. But the movie went ahead and brought down whatever was good with the story and made it a mainstream show of teen hormones and a childlike fascination of vampires. We don’t remember feeling bored or hating the lead characters when we read the books.
- Wuthering Heights
The latest adaptation of this novel faced a LOT of criticism, and not the good kind. The narrative didn’t explain much, the important bits of the story were given very little screen time, and the actors put up a poor performance. Emily Bronte’s classic dramatic romance suffered many blows at the hands of this film.
Christopher Paolini’s fantasy involving dragons, Eragon was a massive success with its readers. The movie, not so much. Many characters were not even present, important scenes were missing, the actors were not up to par, and it was an overall joke at the expense of a brilliant book.
- The BFG
We’ve loved Roald Dahl unconditionally, and The BFG was no exception. When we heard the movie was coming out, we were nothing short of delighted, considering Spielberg would be directing it. But what a let-down. The plot went nowhere, the CGI was poorly done, and the dialogue timing was the absolute worst. As if that isn’t bad enough, Dahl’s lurking dark humor was also missing, which basically takes away the essence of his stories.
A graphic novel that reached many, many readers and created the realistic view of a vigilante’s life, Alan Moore’s Watchmen was highly recommended by everyone we know. So when the movie came out, the expectations were really high. But the film failed to capture the depth of the characters and thus couldn’t create a connection with the viewer. It didn’t do much for those who hadn’t read the graphic novel at all.