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Ink Tue Aug 07 2007

Worst Movies

What was the worst movie adaptation of a book?

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Alice / August 7, 2007 9:54 AM

I was scarred for life after being forced to watch The Great Gatsby with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in high school. Love the book. Hated the film.

brian / August 10, 2007 12:37 PM

I really enjoyed Ghostworld, and then I got almost angry at the adaptation after I read the comic. There were all sorts of things they left in the film that made no sense (like the blue jeans on the sidewalk) that kind of came together in the comic book.

Veronica / August 10, 2007 1:56 PM

I can't think of any really horrible ones at the moment, although I'm sure I've seen them, but I was quite upset with V for Vendetta and how they forced romance into the story. They also managed to make it all about 9/11 when the novel is not about that at all. It was really disappointing.

Reese / August 11, 2007 1:12 PM

There are so many bad ones, but the worst one, in my opinion, may not have been made yet. I am utterly horrified at the casting and directorial choices for The Time Traveler's Wife, even though it's still in pre-production. I think they're going to fuck it up royally.

ALH / August 11, 2007 6:00 PM

My vote is for Hannibal. Or possibly The Fountainhead.

Cyndula / August 15, 2007 9:39 PM

The Fountainhead is an EXCELLENT choice - I had the misfortune to see it for the first time a few months ago - retch!

I would like to nominate The Color Purple and The Shipping News - neither of which are terrible movies. The Color Purple b/c I thought Shug & Celie's "sexual healing" was very relevant in the book whereas it just got chopped out of the movie altogether. I choose The Shipping News, b/c at no point in the movie did Kevin Spacey look like a sad-sack loser - he was at all times just an arm's length away from a movie star, which really bummed me out.

Michael / August 16, 2007 1:53 PM

I'd say Less Than Zero, since the movie adaptation took on a wholly different meaning than the book and even the author refused to see it, hahaha.

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