Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
April 17: Book to Movie Differences that Drive Me Nuts
I love to read. That’s why I blog, to share that love and passion of books with other fabulous nerds like myself! That said, I also enjoy movies. It’s the movies that are based around a book that drive me crazy. Especially when they skip over important details or change something thoroughly! The book is the concept that is in my head and the movie is not going to change that. So, here are my Top Ten Book to Movie differences that drive me nuts!
Note: There are some spoilers below!
I’m going to talk about the absolutely worse offensive to the least offensive. This list definitely runs the gamut. From the worse to ok, I can live with that.
- Dumbledore screaming at Harry Potter. I’ve seen so many memes on this one, so I can’t be alone here. It already kills me that Richard Harris is no longer Dumbledore, but then we get a screaming guy that is mean, and even frustrated with Harry when it’s obvious that it’s not Harry’s fault? Go home you imposter!
- The ending of Twilight’s Breaking Dawn, Part 2. First of all, they made us wait for a second movie, while adding in all sorts of unnecessary plot devices, that were easily explained in the movie, by the way. Then the completely change the fight (or the lack of one). COMPLETELY. I get this is film and we want to be more entertained, but I actually like Twilight and thought the story was decent. They didn’t need to add in a full fight scene.
- The Fault in Our Stars plot about Gus’s illness. They ignored his entire illness and went from I’m sick to I’m dead! Hazel was able to see his decline, and helped him through it. This decline also let the reader understand fully what they were both enduring, while still sticking by each other. Excruciating but amazing.
- Alien’s facehuggers and room. The Face huggers (aww they’re so sweet) were completely different in the book, and the room they were in was apart of the Derelict. While this isn’t a huge problem, it makes for easier filming, I’m sure, it was still a major difference. The Facehuggers had eyes! That would have made them even creepier!
- Dracula. I talk about Dracula a lot because I was so disappointed with the book. But as a twist to this list, I’m going to say that I wish the book would have been more like the movie. The reason Mina Harker falls for Dracula makes more sense in the movie, and is elaborated on through many different scenes! It’s plausible for the viewer and allows a suspension of disbelief because the viewer also knows how much she loves her fiance.
- Frankenstein was very different in the book. In the story Frankenstein is often shown as the monster instead of Frankstein’s monster. It is obvious that Frankenstein did not care for the creature, or what the lack of love would do for him. The movie shows none of this.
- The ending to The Great Gatsby. Gatsby dies in the movie, thinking that Daisy finally called to say she would be leaving Tom for Gatsby. I actually like both versions. I see why they added that little bit of hope, but in the book, it is clear that he died while waiting for her to call. Talk about sad!
- Stephen King’s It sex scene. Ok, I get why they left this out but I think Stephen King had an important reason for creating this scene in the first place. They all connected, so they would stay connected. It’s an integral part of the story.
- The Hobbit! Basically the entire second and third movies! I know some of what was added was in the Silmarillion, which I have not read, but after reading The Hobbit, I was wondering what in the world the movie would even have. I honestly loved the movies but if I were more of a purist, this would be annoying! I can only imagine how the purists felt.
- A Clockwork Orange – the entire movie was a bit different. While I didn’t love the book, the feeling I got from the book and the feeling I got from the movie, was completely different. The last chapter was also purposefully left out.
Are there any book to movie differences that drive you nuts?