One of my friends told me about this article on Mental Floss about authors who hated the movie versions of their books.
Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books
For those of you who just want a quick run down, the authors and movies are:
- P.L. Travers and Mary Poppins
- Stephen King and The Shining
- Anne Rice and Interview with a Vampire
- Winston Groom and Forrest Gump
- Clive Cussler and Sahara
- J.D. Salinger and Ugly Willy in Connecticut/My Foolish Heart
- Anthony Burgess and The Clockwork Orange
- Brett Easton Ellis and The Informers
- Roald Dahl and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder one)
- Ken Kesey and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
- Richard Matheson and I Am Legend (all of the remakes)
First of all, I didn’t realize a few of these movies were originally books, like Mary Poppins and Forrest Gump. Also, Stephen King basically implied The Shining wasn’t scary enough….Um what?? God help us from his mind!!
Also, I saw Sahara….and yeah, it wasn’t that good. :/ Also, I wonder what Roald Dahl would have thought of the 2005 version of his book with Johnny Depp AND the Wes Anderson take on Fantastic Mr. Fox (<--One of my FAVE movies).
As for me, here’s my top list of books that I liked better than the movies (ie this could be a very long list, so I’m going to limit myself to 5):
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the 6th book) – This book was one of my favorites in the series, and I was disappointed in this movie.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine – I was obsessed with this book in 6th grade, and although the movie is cute, it didn’t do the book justice at all.
- Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit – Again, the movie was just ok. This book was one of my favorites growing up, so I had a ton of expectations for the movie.
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Ugh. For those of you who have even seen this movie, it was really, really bad. Which is probably why they never made the rest of the books into movies.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – I know we’re talking about a 20-ish page book here, but the movies was SO WEIRD. I think they were really trying to expand the storyline and it just messed with the whole vibe of the book. The only good thing was the soundtrack with Arcade Fire.
Your turn! Name some books you liked waaaay better than the movie!