Some people believe that reading a book is always better than watching a movie, and while we can agree with that to some extent, we simply can’t deny the fact that movies like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter are real masterpieces that deserve all the love they’re getting. That being sad, not all book to movie adaptations are equally successful. In fact, more often than not they turn out much worse than the source material. Here we’ve gathered 15 best and worst book to movie adaptations ever created.
Best: Lord of the Rings (2001)
We had to start the list with an all-time favourite based on the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. You might not even like fantasy as a genre and never even think about reading the books, but once you start watching the movie the beautiful world of Lord of the Rings just comes to life, inhabited by orcs, elves, humans, and huge talking trees. It is just as compelling for kids as it is for adults and the story never gets boring or lacklustre.
Worst: The Dark Tower (2017)
Based on Stephen King’s dark fantasy book series, The Dark Tower movie simply doesn’t do it any justice. Whether you’ve read the books or not, the movie itself is simply no good! The suspense builds up from the first scene only to end up in a total disaster. That’s definitely not how Mr. King writes his spine-chilling novels!
Best: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
David Fincher’s screen adaptation of Stieg Larson’s book is one of the most thrilling and gut-wrenching movies you’ll ever watch. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, whom you probably won’t recognize in the movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo captures the dark and thrilling atmosphere of the book, depicting even the most gruesome details.
Worst: Ender’s Game (2013)
If we compare it to the source material, Ender’s Games is quite a mediocre sci-fi movie that really lacks the depth of the original. While the special effects are quite decent, the characters seem to fall flat, whereas in the books each of them had a spectacular story to tell. In the book, Ender’s sister and brother play equally important roles not only in his character development, but for the story as a whole. Definitely go read the book, especially if you liked the movie!
Best: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
There is much controversy surrounding the Harry Potter movie adaptations, but one thing we can say for sure – there are some spectacular films in Harry Potter movie series, Prisoner of Azkaban being one of them. Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, whose love of stunning visuals is evident in the Gravity, the movie tells the story about Harry’s third year in Hogwarts. With Alan Rickman’s and Gary Oldman’s stellar performances, this movie is among our favourites.