Top Ten Tuesdays #9: Top Ten Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Today’s theme is about the top ten book to movie adaptations. This is actually hard to do, seeing as usually a movie can’t live up to the standard of a book. But we’ll see if I can come up with ten! Be forewarn, just because I say the movie didn’t live up to the book, doesn’t mean I didn’t like the movie by itself.


1. A Series of Unfortunate Events

I was a fan of this series and delved into reading them after seeing the movie. I actually thought the movie was a cute adaptation for the series itself, but like some other movies (i.e. The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, etc.) made around this time, it relied too heavily on Jim Carrey’s humor, which turned out not to be so humorous. Though it loosely covers the first three books in the series, it just never quite reached the point of being just as good,

Alex Cross

2. Alex Cross

This is another movie I really enjoyed. First off, I had no problems viewing Tyler Perry as Alex Cross. It was nice to see him take a more serious role and I thought he did a very decent job. The star of this film though was Matthew Fox. He was a phenomenal bad guy. So why is this on this list? Because it’s not even close to any of the books. Sampson is white and the guy who killed Maria was not some super bad guy who could swim up water pipes in order to break into a building and kill people. By itself, it was a good movie, but a crappy adaptation.

Harry-Potter-and-the-Prisoner-of-Azkaban Harry-Potter-and-the-Goblet-of-Fire

3 & 4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

I know, I know. How dare I add any Harry Potter movie to this list? Come on. Anyone who has ever read the books will point out that these two films caused a lot of outrage within the fandom. After trying to cram everything into each movie, the new director for Prisoner of Azkaban did some willy nilly, Through the Looking Glass version of what should have been an amazing movie. Too many key characters and elements were left out and the movie suffered. Sadly, this greatly affected the rest of the series and really dragged down the Goblet of Fire.


5. Twilight

Yet another fandom that will be ready to throw rotten tomatoes at me. But I’m sorry. I was sooooo excited to see this movie, that I drove two hours to watch it opening night. Five minutes in and I wanted to leave my seat. The director of this film can blame her small budget all she wants, but the truth is she did a crap job of adapting this book to the big screen. That’s to say nothing of the shitty acting job that Kristin Stewart did. I’m sorry if you love her. I thought she’d be a perfect Bella, but she just proved she has no range as an actress and she ruined the character and movie for me.


6. What to Expect When You’re Expecting

This movie was okay. There are definitely some laughable moments. But the big question is: WHY? Why even go there? Actually, the bigger question is: Who the hell bribed big names like Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks and Cameron Diaz to star in this???

The Notebook

7. The Notebook

I LOVED this movie. I had just split up from my ex-fiance and it left me torn apart to watch this beautiful love story unfold on the screen. But in retrospect, my love for the movie was because of my recent break up and the fact Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams had such fierce chemistry. It’s a good movie and a definite chick flick, but it just couldn’t capture the way I felt when I read the book. And that’s okay. Because it comes pretty darn close.


8. Gulliver’s Travels

I can’t take Jack Black seriously. He’s funny, but he tends to do a lot of what I call “stupid” funny films and they aren’t my thing. This was a silly take on what is actually one of the few books in High School that I found interesting.

The Giver

9. The Giver

I have already complained about this movie. This is my favorite book from childhood and the movie was just crap. I adore some of the actors/actresses, but this movie was a waste of my time. It failed to even make it into the same plane as the book, let alone coming anywhere near being as good.


10. Confessions of a Shopaholic

I’m torn about this particular one. I really adored this film and thought it was cute. But in truth, it was made to be more silly and flighty than the book. I felt it kind of dumbed it down. Which is hard to do when it’s a book that’s supposed to be light and fun.

Anyways, that’s all I have for today folks! Leave me a link to your Top Ten in the comments below. I can’t wait to see what wishes you’ve come up with.

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16 comments on “Top Ten Tuesdays #9: Top Ten Worst Book to Movie Adaptations

  1. Hi! Totally agree with you on Twilight!
    My TTT

  2. Great take on this week’s theme – I agree that the movies almost NEVER live up to the book, but that doesn’t always mean you can’t enjoy them for what they are! Here’s my TTT .

  3. Yes I definitely agree with you on Twilight and Harry Potter 3. It is a total truth that the book is always better! Happy watching!

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  4. I haven’t read HP (I know, I know), so I actually liked the 3rd movie. I fell asleep in the last ones though xD I agree 100% with Twilight, although, I still watched all of them! And I actually disagree with The Giver. I think the book is wayyyy better, and definitely sends a better message, but I think the movie did a good job at making it appealing towards its target audience.

    • The Giver is my favorite book. So I completely think it’s much better than the movie. The movie was too much like Divergence or Hunger Games at times for me to even enjoy. It’s the one time I wish they would have not made a book into a movie.

  5. I’m really glad I didn’t watch The Giver. I would have been really sad if I saw it I think.

    And I agree with your analysis of Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. They were pretty decent but no where near as awesome as the book.

  6. I love the Giver. I’ve read that book so many times.

    • Me, too! I even bought my son a copy of the book last year for Christmas and I’m sending copies to my cousins this Christmas. I feel like its a book that must be read. šŸ˜€

  7. Great list! Though I have to disagree with you on the Harry Potter one, I actually really liked Prisoner of Azkaban. And The Giver was one of my favourite books when I was younger too, and it’s a shame the movie was not as good. My TTT.

    • Out of the Harry Potter movies I thought Chamber of Secrets or the Half-Blood Prince (1 & 2) are my favorites. I still liked the series and showed up every time one premiered.

      • I agree there were things that could’ve been added or done differently in the movies, but I think it’s an acceptable book to movie adaptation for me šŸ™‚

  8. Confession of a Shopaholic is great movie, but the book is better.

  9. I really like your take on this week’s theme!! Charlotte’s Web so disappointed me when it came out eons ago lol. Mainly because Fern looked nothing like the book Fern looked in my head. šŸ™‚ My TTT

  10. Great list. Twilight didn’t live up to the book but I had fun going to see it with my girl friends. We went out to dinner and then saw the movie. šŸ™‚

  11. I like the Series of Unfortunate Events movie, just not as an adaptation.

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