Have you ever read a book that you simply loved? Then it was made into a movie, which turned out to be terrible. In fact, a film version better than the original material is extremely rare. Some of these adaptations, on the other hand, are so awful that they permanently taint the legacy of a brilliant book. Here are the worst book-to-movie adaptations that never made it past a single movie:
1) A Shortcut in Time by Ava DuVernay
A Wrinkle in Time is one of the most popular film adaptations, based on a young adult fiction novel. The story is about a young woman on an interstellar search for her missing father. The power of love and the endless battle between good and evil are the core concepts of this story. The film seems to have swallowed up almost all of these crucial aspects in the novel, favoring the flamboyant graphics over the actual charming traits of the source material.
2) The Giver by Phillip Noyce
The Giver is yet another one of those film adaptations that neglects all the big tenets that set the idea of the story apart from others. This 2014 feature is the first interpretation of Lois Lowry’s 1993 bestseller for the big screen. The book is a beautiful and amazing rollercoaster, but the movie is completely bland. Even sci-fi elements added for aesthetic effect distract the audience from the heart of the story. Plus, none of the actors do their characters justice.
3) Eragon by Stefan Fangmeier
Eragon, adapted from the first volume of Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle, was released amid a fantasy craze that featured films like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. However, for some reason the creators thought it would be great to change the whole plot of the novel. The magic of the books that could have happened in the cinema has been completely lost. What was left was just a sketch of what could have been a delightful story and hugely profitable franchise.
4) The Dark Tower by Nikolaj Arcel
The Dark Tower series, written by Stephen King, is a captivating series of suspense and horror thrillers. The film adaptation, on the other hand, will be a huge detour for anyone attempting to watch it. The film’s biggest flaw is its desire to cram so much information into a single film, which leads to a lot of uncertainty regarding the script and themes. The movie was rendered in such a helpless state that even the appearances of amazing actors like Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey don’t help.
5. The Mortal Instruments: City of Darkness by Harald Zwart
Fans have long awaited a film adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed novel series. A film version starring Lily Collins finally hit the big stage in 2013, but it was a huge disappointment for fans and a box office disaster. It also did not appeal to lovers of novels. Vibrant prose has been overtaken by a dull, uninspiring plot in the film that is more concerned with melodrama and glitz than with narrative and its fascinating mythology.