Book to Film Adaptions That Suck

Book to Film adaptions that I was not happy with:

The Hunger Games: I was pissed (still am!) that they left out the whole backstory to the Mockingjay pendant. Seems like that is the most important aspect to the story.

The Hobbit: I was very confused after seeing the first film when they added the “white orc” vendetta into it. It seemed completely random and like they only used it to make the films longer so that they could make three instead of one. Now, however, after watching the second film I really like how they are tying all of Tolkien’s Middle Earth pieces together. It looks like The Hobbit film franchise is going to be used to tie in The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillian. I am quite intrigued and can’t wait to see the last film!

The Twilight Saga: Kirsten Stewart. Horrible acting, need I say more?

Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice: I must say, that the first season followed the first book to a T. The rest of the seasons… Rubbish! Why did they decide to change up everything??? They didn’t need to! Ugh.

City of Bones: This movie may have been the biggest disappointment. Way to cheesy, bad acting, and too many things left out and too many spoilers given away. The worst part was the acting. Especially because Lily Collins and Jonathon Rhys Meyers could have both done WAY better. It almost seemed like they both knew the movie was crap and didn’t care that their acting was just as sucky. I was appalled after watching it. I remember sitting in the movie theater while the credits were rolling and trying as hard as I could to come up with something positive about the movie. They really shouldn’t even do another one in my opinion.

Eragon: The film followed was obviously low-budget and the writer’s were not worried about following the book very closely. Where was Paolini through all of this? Did he not have any say? I had really hoped that someone else would have bought rights by now to make a second one and to completely re-vamp the entire film. Or someone could pull a Spiderman and completely start from scratch and remake the first one. I would love to see a better version. That whole series is a masterpiece. 

Divergent Movie vs Book

My boyfriend and I went yesterday to see Divergent. We were suppose to go with some friends in a week but I couldn’t wait. The Hunger Games and Divergent were the first Post- Apocalyptic novels I really got into. Several of my friends had gone to the midnight preview and Said it stayed true to the book. I completely agree. There are so many book to film adaptions these days that don’t stay true to their novels that I didn’t want to get my hopes up. However… I was very impressed. I’m glad they didn’t change the story line or add in extra plots.

My one qualm with this film, also with its book counterpart, is that it is slow. It was interesting to me but I think you have to like books like this to enjoy it. I’m not entirely sure a person who had never read the book would enjoy the movie. I guess maybe they would just being the Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic thing is big right now but otherwise I think the person watching it would not be as emotionally attached to the characters unless they had read the book prior to seeing the movie.

I do give it kudos for staying true to the book and to Veronica Roth’s vision. I thought many of the characters were exactly how I had imagined them while reading the book. Overall, I would say go see the movie.

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