Movie Adaptations Of Famous Books That Never Made It Past A Single Movie

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Have you ever read a book that you just absolutely loved? Then it was made into a movie, which turned out to be terrible. In fact, a movie version that is 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 one film:


1) A Wrinkle In Time by Ava DuVernay

One of the worst book to movie adaptations in Hollywood.
2018 American science fantasy adventure film based on Madeleine L’Engle’s 1962 novel of the same name.

A Wrinkle in Time is one of the popular movie adaptations, inspired by a young adult fiction novel. The narrative is about a young woman on an interstellar hunt for her father who has vanished. The power of love and the never-ending battle between good versus evil are the core concepts of this story. The movie appears to have swallowed up almost all of these crucial aspects in the novel, favoring flamboyant graphics over the source material’s actual charming traits.

2) The Giver by Phillip Noyce

Among the worst book to movie adaptations in Hollywood.
2014 American dystopian drama film based on the 1993 young adult novel of the same name by Lois Lowry.

The Giver is yet another one of those movie adaptations that overlook all the main principles that distinguish the story idea from the others. This 2014 feature is the first rendition of Lois Lowry’s 1993 bestseller for the big screen. The book is a beautiful and incredible rollercoaster, but the movie is completely bland. Even the sci-fi elements added for aesthetic effect deflect the audiences from the story’s core. Furthermore, none of the actors do justice to their characters.


3) Eragon by Stefen Fangmeier

One of the movie adaptations that didn't make it past one movie.
2006 action-fantasy film based on Christopher Paolini’s 2002 novel of the same name.

Eragon, adapted from the first volume of Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle, was released in the midst of a fantasy craze that featured movies like Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. However, for some reason, the makers thought it would be great to change the whole plot of the novel. The magic from the books that could have made it to the movies was completely lost. What was left behind was just a husk of what could have been a delightful story and a hugely profitable franchise.

4) The Dark Tower by Nikolaj Arcel

Among the worst book to movie adaptations in Hollywood.
2017 American science fantasy Western action film based on Stephen King’s novel series of the same name.

The Dark Tower series, written by Stephen King, is a compelling series of suspense and horror thrillers. The film adaptation, on the other hand, will be a huge turnoff for anyone who attempts to watch it. The movie’s biggest flaw is its desire to cram so much information into a single film, which leads to a lot of uncertainty concerning the storyline and themes. The film was rendered into 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 Bones by Harald Zwart

One of the worst book to movie adaptations in Hollywood.
2013 urban fantasy film based on the first book of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Fans have long anticipated a movie adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s acclaimed novel series. A movie version starring Lily Collins eventually hit the big stage in 2013, but it was a huge disappointment for the fans and a box office disaster. It also failed to appeal to the novel aficionados. The vibrant prose has been overtaken by a dull, uninteresting plot in the film that is more concerned with the melodrama and glitz than with the narrative and its fascinating mythology.


Written by Alfeeya Pathan

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