Thursday, August 02, 2012

Authors Who Hated the Movies of Their Books

Recently, my favorite book podcast, Books on the Nightstand, referenced this blog post from Mental Floss, 11 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books, and I wanted to share it with all of you.

There are some real surprises on this list!  Check it out.  Discuss...

As for recent movies, my husband and I just watched the movie adaptation of Water for Elephants last week, and we both loved it (we both read the book).  I also enjoyed the movie adaptation of The Namesake, and our whole family thought The Hunger Games movie was excellent.

We also recently watched One for the Money, the movie adaptation of Janet Evanovich's first Stephanie Plum book (again, we are both fans of the books).  While the movie was pretty well done just from the perspective of a movie, it was almost painful to watch as a lover of the books!  We both felt the casting was all wrong.  Katherine Heigl as Stephanie??  Not even close.  And Debbie Reynolds as Grandma Mazur?  Nope.  And, as much as I like Jason O'Mara as an actor, he was just NOT Joe Morelli in my mind.  Granted, all of the actors did a good job in the movie, but the producers should have chosen actors who more closely fit the descriptions of the characters, instead of just going for the big names.  That's Hollywood, right?

My husband, Ken, is now horrified with the news that they are making a movie from his favorite suspense series, the Jack Reacher books by Lee Child, and they have chosen Tom Cruise to play 6'3" blond Reacher!

Which movie adaptations did you love or hate?


  1. That was an interesting list! I haven't seen all of them, I really liked Forest Gump for example but I'm yet to read the book. As for my personal books into movies pick, my fav one must be LOTR, they really made it brilliant, absolutely brilliant. On the downside, I disliked the Persy Jackson movie while loving the book

  2. Oh, I forgot about LOTR - my kids have watched each movie at least 20 times!!

    And we were disappointed with Percy Jackson, too - the movie was OK but not great. We LOVED listening to the books on audio!