Film adaptations are just never right!
Is this going to be a rant or a lovely little post? Who knows, we’ll have to see.
I get easily frustrated by adaptations because I always expect them to be a lot more, but then they almost always let me down. I get that action and special effects in books has an unlimited ‘budget’ but the same can’t be said about movies.
I don’t know what else I can say without making a list of good/bad adaptations… so suit up!
- Netflix’s Unfortunate Events (Yes, I know this one isn’t a film, but still)
- The Martian
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
- The Kissing Booth
- The Fault in Our Stars
- The Wizard of Oz
- All of the Harry Potter series (unpopular opinion alert)
- Everything, Everything
- The Jim Carey Unfortunate Events
- Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland films
I’m picky, and yes, I know a lot of these are also unpopular opinions. But when the plot just doesn’t match at all (thanks Tim Burton) it just seems like a waste of a movie. And with that one, you can’t say that the only reason it doesn’t work is because there wasn’t the SFX budget.
It just winds me up when they can’t follow the books right. Please, someone, somewhere doing an adaptation, just follow the book exactly. Even my favourite adaptations still haven’t actually followed the books entirely.
I feel like this did actually end up as a rant… oops.
Tell me about your opinion on the best/worst adaptations