Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Page to Screen Freebie. And I decided to go with worst book to film adaptations.
In no particular order, here we go:
Golden Compass (2007)
Okay so they did a number of mixing up all the scenes and really screwing up the plot. It also did not want to be too political and downplayed the Magisterium’s role. It’s a shame because the visual effects and the daemons were so beautiful.
Like. C’mon. You had one job.
This is still one of my most beloved book series and acting was so dull.
The Hobbit (film series)
Strolling. Strolling. Strolling. Strolling. Strolling. So much strolling. Seriously. 3 hours per 100 pages in the book??
The Cat in the Hat (2003)
Creepy cat alert!!
How do you not have nightmares after that? Poor kids.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” (2005)
Directors must have been pretty ambitious.
The Divergent Series
This wasn’t bad per say but they tried to recreate Hunger Games and then ended up cancelling the last movie? How do you screw up so bad?
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant
Oh god. I haven’t watched this one but so I hear that they basically combined three books into one and actor for Crepsley.
I Am Number Four (2011)
Pettyfer’s pretty face isn’t enough to save this from Michael Bay. I adore Transformers but here the director just did not make a good fit.
The Polar Express
It’s not bad but let’s face the fact that this was also the movie that taught the animation industry not to make people to life-like.
Thoughts? What are the worst book to film adaptations you’ve seen?
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