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23 Book-To-Movie Adaptations That Were So Bad They Inspired Rage

"I could write a book about what a horrible job they did with this movie but I'm afraid they would try to turn that book into a movie and butcher it too."

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1. The Percy Jackson series (2010, 2013)

20th Century Fox

"A goddamn travesty, especially compared to the source material. They changed so much, including the characters' ages and the fact that the gods couldn't talk to their demigod children for...reasons? So much dumb shit happened, especially at the end, that my brain just kind of shut down to protect itself from the stupidity." —Aniela Krajewska, Facebook

2. The Dark Tower (2017)

Grant, Columbia Pictures

"The book series is my favorite and it's like the filmmakers took a few pieces, added in some Stephen King Easter eggs and didn't actually read the books." —melissac53

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3. The Girl on the Train (2016)

Universal Pictures

"They didn't do a good job of just explaining anything. If I hadn't read the book it would have flown right over me that Rachel got cheated on, and that Anna was the other woman. I could write a book about what a horrible job they did with this movie but I'm afraid they would try to turn that book into a movie and butcher it too." —amandan4979829b3

4. The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

New Line Cinema

"The novel was dark, often quite bleak, fairly sexy, with characters who are written to be a little bit 'alternative'. The film adaptation captured none of that and ended up being a very boring, straightforward romance/drama." —primavolta

"Instead of a beautiful love story that existed outside of normal space and time, we got a steaming pile of garbage." —e493bebd14

5. Paper Towns (2015)

20th Century Fox

"They managed to take all the deep and serious parts out and turned it into a cheerful road-trip movie. In the book the group was in a rush to get to New York because they thought Margo was going to kill herself, not because they didn’t want to miss prom! It makes the whole thing seem like a silly teen movie." —halseydelrey

6. The Giver (2014)

Houghton Mifflin, The Weinstein Company

"The movie just seems like they were pandering to the Divergent and Hunger Games audiences by adding so many unnecessary things — like that stupid love story, and the dramatic action scenes. That book is so perfect and that movie was extremely disappointing." —marikoangel

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7. Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Warner Bros.

"It's been five years and I am still suppressing my rage. First of all, instead of featuring the two strong, powerful WOC characters from the book, Amma and Marian, the movie condensed them into one person! Not to mention that the rest of the characters were barely recognizable and the plot seemed to use the book as a light suggestion. So. Much. RAGE!" —emilybatsont

8. Eragon (2006)

20th Century Fox

"They took the main points of the story — boy finds dragon egg, goes on adventure, meets people, fights battles — and kept nothing else. They changed so much of the plot that it barely resembled the book, draining all of the emotion and wonder out of the story." —emilyk81

9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Warner Bros.

"No S.P.E.W., no school uniforms, and they changed the entire layout of the school grounds (Hagrid's hut, as an example). I still skip it when I have a HP marathon." —katief4f35922ac

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11. Ella Enchanted (2004)

Miramax

"The book was about an amazing young girl who refuses to be anything but herself, who doesn't need a handsome prince to save her — she actually ends up saving him on multiple occasions. The book taught me to love my weirdness and be brave. The movie teaches you that if you are in trouble, just wait and a MAN will come save you. Not exactly the message I was hoping to share with my niece." —colleeno4542d5e7f

12. My Sister's Keeper (2009)

New Line Cinema

"The whole point of the book is how fragile life is, so you go through the book thinking, 'ok the sister with cancer will die' — but the HEALTHY sister dies and then the sister with cancer lives for many more years. In the movie, nah — the sister with cancer just dies, making the movie just another run-of-the-mill, only-made-to-make-you-cry movie. So upsetting because it's probably one of the best books I’ve ever read, but they ruined it." —cs613

13. Vampire Academy (2014)

The Weinstein Company

"The book series deals with really complex mental health issues and touches on inequality and racism and some really complicated issues, and this just made it another bad teen movie. It infuriates me." —meganmariec3

14. The Maze Runner (2014)

20th Century Fox

"They changed so much about the core details of the book. I know you can't expect every detail of a book to make it into the movie, but even the most important things — like the maze itself, and how the two main characters interact with one another — were changed and were nothing like they were in the book." —rebecca0815

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15. The Hobbit (2012, 2013, 2014)

New Line Cinema

"Talk about a piece-of-shit movie. To see the way they destroyed the story was absolutely shocking and saddening. The over-the-top CGI, the addition of unnecessary characters, and the fact that they made it into three films all contributed to its horrendous shittiness." —mrsh810

17. A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Paramount Pictures

"Cramming three books into one movie? They completely changed the ending to the first book. Prepubescent me was very disappointed, and very glad they never finished it up." —allysonrutledger

18. Inferno (2016)

Columbia Pictures

"The book was amazing and thought provoking, and the movie took everything good out of it. This was the worst book-to-movie adaptation I’ve ever seen, and that’s saying something." —nataliem43ff5cd3e

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19. The Golden Compass (2007)

Penguin Random House, Warner Bros.

"The His Dark Materials trilogy are hands down my favorite books. They are a complex and beautiful story about religion, love, philosophy, physics, and multiple dimensions. They're incredibly sophisticated and beautifully written. The movie is a generic, flat, children's movie with talking animals. It's terrible." —sharonmc28

20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)

Warner Bros.

"It still makes me want to cry over how badly they handled the death of Voldemort. The entire point of destroying the Horcruxes was to ensure that he died a normal, boring, HUMAN death. It was also important that many of the most powerful people in the wizarding world witnessed his death. But no, it was not to be. It is just horrible." —micheller464323ed8

21. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

20th Century Fox

"They switched all the kids' ages and powers around to force unnecessary romantic subplots on us and basically made Emma, the most badass in the book, rely on Jacob for safety. They had great potential for a franchise and totally blew it." —kendallboj

22. The Shining (1980)

Warner Bros.

"I felt it completely missed the point of the book. There are some really moving moments in the book where Jack struggles against the hotel trying to get him to kill his son so the hotel can have him. Instead we get crazy Jack, deleting those wonderful moments with his son, and that fucking maze scene." —marthaj9

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23. The Notebook (2004)

New Line Cinema

"The constant fighting between Allie and Noah in the movie is not even close to how it went down in the book. Just typing this makes me so angry about the movie." —meganm4d0ba64ef

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