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Best and Worst Movie Adaptations of Books

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Best and Worst Movie Adaptations of Books

Every book enthusiast’s nightmare is the movie adaptation of their book. Most of the time, it is challenging to convert the emotions of the book characters into a motion picture. Furthermore, due to the commercialization of the movie, the book tends to lose its authenticity. While there is the absolute worst book to movie adaptations, there is some best book to movie adaptations too. Here’s a list of both of them so you know what to watch and what to avoid. You can thank us later.

Best Book Adaptations

The Shawshank Redemption

The award-winning movie that was released in the year 1994 is based on the book Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by the great novelist Stephen King. The movie revolves around Andy Dufresne, a financial banker, who is played by Tim Robbins and a prison convict played by the talented actor, Morgan Freeman. The movie is as riveting as the book. Frank Darabont did an excellent job of adapting one of the most intriguing novels written by King.

Fight Club

David Fincher has a keen eye for art. He has successfully adapted many books into masterpiece critically acclaimed movies. Some of his best book to movie adaptations include gone girl, Zodiac, fight club, etc. It is a classic movie that is an adaptation of the novel Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. Some critics even acclaim that this movie is better than the book. Brad Pitt and Edward Norton delivered impressive acting performances making the movie a must-watch. 

Little Women

There have been many series and movie adaptations of this book, but the recent film directed by Greta Gerwig undoubtedly stands out. This phenomenal movie captured the essence of the book written by Louisa May Alcott. Greta adds an appealing twist to the movie without betraying the beautiful words written by the author. The movie did every bit of justice to the classic novel. 

Worst Book Adaptations

The Girl on the Train 

This book was written by Paula Hawkins and is unquestionably one of the most magniloquent books to read. However, it is also one of the failed book-to-movie adaptations ever made. The whole mystery revolving around the characters, and the intricate details are missing out in the movie. It has some huge plot holes that confuse the audience. Nonetheless, the book remains a must-read psychological thriller, and TRB recommends cleansing your mind with it after watching the movie (if you did). Here are some books like The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl that you may find interesting.

The Shining

The movie directed by Stanley Kubrick is based on the book, The Shining written by Stephen King. It tops the list of authors that hated movie adaptations. Although, there are some noteworthy movie adaptations of King’s novels; this movie ain’t it. As King said in one of his interviews that he was disappointed the director couldn’t fully grasp the essence of the book. The movie is not as riveting and believable as the book.

The Maze Runner series

The franchise has a total of three movies based on The Maze Runner series by James Dashner. This sci-fiction film series had actors with exceptional acting skills, but the storyline of the movie didn’t justify the book. Major chunks that were important for character development and the build-up to the final scene were eliminated in the for shorter running time. The book had engaging content that was not fully interpreted in the movie. 

The list of worst book to movie adaptations is never-ending, and the film industry needs to step up their game to convey extraordinary movies to justify the book. Meanwhile, comment below your best and worst book to movie adaptations. 

Looking for more? Check out TRB’s list of books adapted from movies!


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