Day 4 – Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated.

It took me quite a while to think of an answer for this one. As I have mentioned before, I think that the book is generally better than the film. Having said that, it was still difficult to think of a film that had completely ruined the book.

Don’t get me wrong, there have been things that have annoyed me about adaptations. For example, the chase scene at the end of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas annoyed me immensely. The ending in the book is much more subtle and therefore more poignant. The rest of the film was, I thought, quite well handled though. The word desecrated seemed to suggest a bit more than mere irritation.

Eventually, I remembered my disappointment after watching the film

boleyn girlof The Other Boleyn Girl. I had been quite excited to watch it as it was an excellent read so expectations were high when I sat down to watch it with my mam who had also read the book.

I’m not sure how it is possible to take a book that is so packed with action and intrigue and make it limp and insipid but they managed it. Events were missing, the characters didn’t sparkle, there was no tension at all. Normally, I would have stopped watching but because I knew that the book was so good, I persevered. I kept thinking surely it must get better. I was wrong. This was a real damp squib of a film even when considered on its own merits and not compared to the book.


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2 thoughts on “Day 4 – Book turned into a movie and completely desecrated.

  1. Oh my! For me nothing compares to enragone (which I am spelling wrong) it is hands down the worst book to movie ever… They took two or three books and mashed them into a brutal like 1.5 hour movie… It was so bad. No one I know who read the book enjoyed the movie even a little bit!
    If they are going to turn books into movies and call them by the books name still they should at least follow the story lines and what happened. Sorry for the random rant in your blog lol

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