Some of the most beloved movies ever were based on books. But just because we loved them doesn’t mean the original author did.
Books and movies are completely different mediums. A novel can run hundreds of pages and contain elaborate back stories with multiple plotlines. On the other hand, a traditional film runs about two hours and typically has two stories, the main plot and the primary subplot. Whereas literature is a cerebral art form, movies are a purely visual one.
Given this discrepancy, the core of a novel can change when adapted to the big screen and it’s no wonder there are so many authors who have hated the movies created based on their books. Once a writer sells the rights to a book, they are usually purposely left out of the adaption process. Whether authors like it or not, Hollywood changes a lot.
Some of the writers on this list believe the film adaptation of their work ruined their book. A few even cried when they saw the film version of their work. Either the movie missed the tone of the novel, destroyed the ending, or was miscast - at least in the eyes of its author.
Check out these controversial film adaptations and exactly what the author thought about the cinematic translation of their work. >>>