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    19 Genuinely Awful Book-To-Movie Character Adaptations


    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the worst book-to-movie character adaptation they'd ever seen. Here are the best responses.

    1. Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter

    Warner Bros

    In the books she's fiery and doesn't take crap from anyone, while still being a fundamentally good and interesting character — you can understand why Harry is in love with her. In the movies she's reduced to only being Harry's love interest with no depth of personality at all. She's wooden, boring and exists purely for Harry — the complete opposite of her book counterpart.


    Ginevra Weasley from the books would never tie a guy's shoe laces, ever.


    2. Annabeth Chase, Percy Jackson and the Olympians

    20th Century Fox

    The books were incredible and the characters were funny, loveable and charming. Then we got the hot garbage of a film that cast actors in their twenties despite the characters being 12. All the characters were ruined, but Annabeth suffered most of all. What happened to our badass, super-smart heroine? She's one of the few blonde female characters that I've encountered who was accepted as being more intelligent than anyone else, breaking a misogynistic stereotype that all blondes are dumb. And what do the films do? Go and make her brunette. They didn't get a single thing right.


    3. Anna and Kate Fitzgerald, My Sister's Keeper

    Curmudgeon Films

    In the book, Anna dies and gets her emancipation, and Kate survives despite not having her sister to continue the donation. But in the movie, it becomes a predictable story where the sister with cancer dies and the healthy one lives and achieves her emancipation that way. Switching who dies completely destroyed the characters that were developed throughout the book and made a once riveting, heart-wrenching story a predictable and unexceptional one.


    4. Rachel Watson, The Girl on the Train

    DreamWorks Studios

    I always pictured her as someone who was plus-size or at least very curvy. There were some derogatory comments made towards her size in the book, so it was an important part of showing the decline of both the mental and physical state of her character.


    5. Jack Torrance from The Shining

    Warner Bros

    In the book we can see him go from recovering alcoholic trying to be better but descending slowly into madness due to personal and literal demons. In the film, the second he's introduced you think: "Oh boy, this guy has already descended into madness, nothing to see here!"


    6. Jack Reacher, Jack Reacher

    Paramount Pictures

    Tom Cruise being cast was an incredibly poor choice for a man often described as "towering" with hands the size of plates.


    7. Bella Swan, Twilight

    Summit Entertainment

    In the books she's a headstrong character — she's her own person and cracks jokes. In the movie she's only interesting because a vampire who once wanted to kill her ended up falling in love with her.


    8. Captain Antonio Corelli, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

    Universal Pictures

    I actually refuse to watch it as the book is so magical and Nicolas Cage is such a comical character to me.

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    9. Malorie, Girl and Boy, Bird Box


    Sandra Bullock wasn't right for the part of Malorie — in the book she's portrayed as being much younger and more naive. She also saw Tom as more of a father figure, turning to him to solve problems and make their household a better place, as opposed to him being a romantic interest. The movie also lost me when Girl went to look for Malorie. In the book, Girl and Boy were trained so well to never question or contradict Malorie and followed everything she said, no matter what their instincts may have been.


    10. Margot Covey, To All The Boys I've Loved Before


    In the novel she's brave and exciting, and her moving away is the main plotline for the first half of the book. In the movie she's just an obstacle between Laura Jean and Josh getting together.


    11. Louisa "Lou" Clark, Me Before You


    In the book she's quirky, optimistic and very likeable, but in the movie she's so annoying and over the top it made me physically cringe.


    12. Brian Jackson, Starter For Ten


    It's my favourite book and I love James McAvoy, but they just didn't get the humour of the story into the film. The inner monologue is the key to it all! Brian's complete and utter self-absorption and low self esteem despite everything good that happens to him and all the chances he's given just isn't portrayed with any hint of comedy in the movie.


    13. Emma Bloom, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Chernin Entertainment

    She was supposed to be the lead love interest. Instead, she was made into a small background character. They butchered that adaptation in so many ways but that one made me the angriest.


    14. Jordan Baker, The Great Gatsby

    Bazmark Films

    I adored her and her relationship with Nick in the book, but they made her snarky and one-dimensional for the movie because apparently she wasn’t relevant enough to the plot.


    15. Becky Bloomwood, Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Touchstone Pictures

    They made her into a feckless airhead who only cared about shopping. The books have a lot more heart and storyline. It made my heart sad when I saw the film.


    16. Serena Shaw, Serena

    2929 Entertainment

    She was cold, calculating and manipulative in the book, whereas the movie portrayed her as a sympathetic character who wasn't really responsible for anything bad that happened to any of the other characters. The movie really attempted to make the audience feel for her with that ending which was also totally different from the book. In essence, it wasn’t even really the same character!


    17. Ethan Wate, Beautiful Creatures

    Alcon Entertainment

    In the books, he was a likeable, athletic, and popular guy on the surface with a sensitive and very intelligent personality. The movies made him out to be some kind of outcast, loner type who thought he was better than everyone else. He was actually kind of an asshole in the film and it was hard to root for his romance with Lena.


    18. Sam, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Mr Mudd

    Emma Watson's HORRENDOUS American accent is enough to bring someone to tears. Sooooo distracting.


    19. Ron Weasley, Harry Potter

    Warner Bros

    He was a complex character in the books, a generally good friend who would do asshole things to make his friends happy. In the movies, he was just a straight-up asshole.


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