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!

Good Adaptations

  • 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

Bad Adaptations

  • 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

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  1. PS I Love You – I loved that book couldn’t put it down I practically skipped to the cinema to watch the film and I was so disappointed it just wasn’t right. My Sisters Keeper another example. There’s loads more but those two just stick in my mind straight away.

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    1. I’ve never even watched PS I Love You despite loving the book. I think I still will watch it but thank you for letting me know that it isn’t anywhere near as good! I quite enjoyed My Sisters Keeper but the book is definitely more in depth and heartbreaking than the film. I feel like the film glazed over a lot of important details.

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  2. I tend to shy away from movies of books I love, purely because I’m worried I’ll be disappointed in them and that disappointment will somehow diminish my love of the book.

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    1. I’m similar a lot of the time. I’ll hardly ever go to the cinema and I’ll wait for reviews before watching the film. If I’ve heard that it doesn’t match the book right, I’ll probably never watch it


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