The Book Was Better : Five Failed Movie Adaptations of Books

I read A Prayer for Owen Meany in twelfth grade. Required reading that turned into one of my favorite books, so I was excited when my English teacher said we were going to watch Simon Birch, the movie adaptation.


No. Just no. The movie was awful. They took the heartfelt drama John Irving created and killed it.

It's not the only incredible book that got lost in translation in an attempt to gain movie status.

So let's take a look at some terrible movie adaptations. Do you agree or disagree?

Here's RollingStone's take on worst movie adaptations: Atlas Shrugged, Battlefield Earth, The Scarlett Letter and The Lorax

Thrillist shined a spotlight on The Bonfire of the Vanities, Hitchikers Guide to the Glalaxy, The Scarlett Letter, Dune, and The Cat in the Hat

Even CBS News got in on the debate and stated The Great Gatsby, Eragon, The Hobbit, Twilight, and The Da Vinci Code fall under the title of "bad". I think they're a bit harsh. I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code book and movie.

You probably have a list of your least favorite movie adaptations of books. Do any of yours match mine? Here is my top five least favorite movie adaptions:



Okay, I have to add one more : The Girl With All The Gifts. Book was way better.

Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Also, what are your favorite movie adaptions?