Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday. A weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week's question:
What are some of the worst book to movie adaptations you have seen?
This week's topic ties back to last week's question where I discussed whether you prefer to see the movie first or read the book. Most people preferred to read the book first and then see the movie, even though the changes bothered most readers. In some cases, the movie completely butchers our favorite books and we finish the movie angry. That has happened more times than I can count, and so I am reluctant to see my favorite books made into movies. I worry whether they will get it right, and sadly, a lot of the times they don't.
Here are some of the worst book to movie adaptations I have seen:
Jurassic Park: I know this is an old one, but this is one of the first movies I recall walking out of the theater being so disappointed at the major changes. The book was much better than the movie! There were eight raptors in the book and Dr. Wu had a major role. A lot of good stuff was cut out.
Beautiful Creatures: I was a big fan of The Beautiful Creatures Series by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, and I was worried when I heard they were making into a movie. I didn't waste my time seeing it in the theatre after I heard that they cut out Miriam the librarian and instead merged her role into Ama's. I tried to watch it on HBO and I got about forty minutes in and hated it so much that I turned it off and didn't bother to finish.
City of Bones: Mortal Instruments: I have to admit I didn't even bother sitting through this one, I saw the choice for the actors (the guy potraying Jace does not work for me at all) and read reviews and decided it was a bad adaptation. There were major changes in the plot and even the ending. Fans were disappointed to say the least. Did you see this movie? What did you think?
The Time Traveler's Wife: I enjoyed the book, but found the movie made some big changes and I didn't feel the strong emotional connection. They cut out a bunch of important stuff as well. A disappointment. Definitely read the book!
The Twilight Series: I admit six years ago, I devoured the Twilight Series. They were some of the first YA books I read, and I was caught up in the whole series, but then the movies came along, and I was disappointed. I have only seen the first two movies and I have no desire to go further. I couldn't get past Kristen Stewart's lackluster performance.
Other notable mentions: The Choronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Vampire Academy.
What are some of the worst adaptations you have seen?
Next week's question:
What are some of the best book to movie adaptations you have seen?