I loved this article by Shannon Fleming. I expanded it out because of the ads in the original article and the fact that it took a long time to load.
I agree with most of them. The Hobbit? It wasn’t made into three long movies. It was the prequel to LOTR which was three books, made into multiple movies. I have other thoughts about some of the other books, but I am sure they will come out eventually.
It has been my observation that people who read a lot have strong opinions about books turning into movies. I am no exception, so I thought I would share my list with other readers.
1. Angels and Demons.
I find Tom Hanks to be an outstanding actor, so don’t get me wrong here. For anyone who read The Da Vinci Code Tom Hanks did not fit the bill for the description of Professor Langdon. With the casting being so off for that book turned movie, why try doing it again with another great book?!
2. Harry Potter.
Let’s encourage kids to read and use their imaginations, not feed it to them on a silver screen platter!
3. The Hobbit.
How do you turn a 300-page book into 3 movies? And then make it so dark and disturbing! The Lord of the Rings Series was awesome, leave it at that.
4. Star Wars 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, and 9.
George Lucas said he wasn’t gonna do it. And not one of them has been nearly as epic as the originals. Episode 7 was just an updated CGI version of Episode 5!
5. Gone With The Wind.
It took 6 hours to sit through the movie. At that point, pick up the book! And has anyone even sat through the entire thing since the 80’s?
6. Jurassic Park.
How many more times can you jump on the dinosaurs are extinct, no they aren’t, yes they are bandwagon? And by the way, there were only two books!
7. Private Parts.
We all know who Howard Stern is and what he looks like. Did any of us need to see him naked?
8. The Grapes of Wrath.
The book was well written, an American classic. The subject matter, however, was not movie conducive. Wanna know what life was like during the Great Depression? Watch a documentary. Ken Burns does an amazing series on it.
9. 50 Shades of Gray.
Turns out really bad books make really bad movies. And there’s still 2 more books to go. Yippee!
10. The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy.
Great books turned into a not so great movie. This one definitely needed to be left to the imagination.