Way back on February 15th, I asked you all to help me settle a debate on which movie was the worst adaptation of a novel. Normally, when I do a post that has a Versus poll on it, I’ll leave the poll open for two weeks before declaring a winner. As you can tell from today’s date, it’s been a little longer than that.
Also, normally, I’ll do a few posts in between the start of the poll and the end of the poll to remind people to vote. Again, as you can see, I didn’t do that either. Between my new book being released and an emotionally exhausting family matter I’ve been dealing with, I completely forgot about this post.
So, I’m going to leave it open for another two weeks and try not forget about it this time.
Normally, I do my Versus posts on my blog, but since I posed the question here in the Kingdom, I figured I should stay here to play out the battle for everyone. I asked you all what you thought the worst film was that was adapted from a novel. You answered. So, here we go!
merv – The lovely bones. The characters just seem different
GMan – Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. They managed to turn imagination into silly nonsense.
ksbeth – ‘my sister’s keeper’ because they changed the stunning dramatic twist at the end in the film . totally ruined the story.
djmatticus – Dragons of Autumn Twilight…. The movie, if you can even call it that, glosses over more important parts of the book than I can count and the animation is so terrible, both poorly drawn and doesn’t flow together, that it detracts even further from what is one of the greatest fantasy stories ever written
1jaded1 – The Amityville Horror. I was fourth in line to read it in Grade 5. I read the book when I was 10 years old. The cover freaked me out. The book cover had a house with eyes and flies. The red glowing eyes were creepy but what happened with Kathy being possessed and levitated by an elderly woman made my skin crawl. Mom told me she would not feel sorry if I had nightmares. Then came the movies. Yes, both of them.
I saw the first release in the early 80s. The music was the creepiest element of the movie. The movie itself focused mostly on George. Disappointing.
The remake was worse. It focused on the gore and left elements critical to the creep factor out. For crying out loud, the remake did not even have a pig. I’m glad I rented it. I would have left the theater fuming.
And mine, which is the same as what I know my brother would pick, but he decided not to say anything….
Timeline by Michael Crichton. Too many changes. Bad changes. Bad casting decisions. Just an overall horrible experience after the book is one of the greatest ever.
There’s your choices everyone. I’m going to put a poll underneath all of this. In two weeks, we’ll come back and see what film everyone voted for!
If you haven’t already added your choice into the comments of my last post, don’t forget to do it soon. Submissions must be in by midnight tomorrow (although that will depend entirely on how lazy I want to be).
I know which one my brother will pick. He just needs to get his butt over to the post so he can actually put it down.
Greetings, fellow travelers of the Kingdom. It is I, Revis Edgewater, First Knight of this land and Master of the Versus arena. During the last few bouts in the arena, I’ve asked for your help. I’m here today to do the same.
Normally, when we do these, we put fictional characters up against each other. That’s not what we’re doing today. Instead, we’re putting movies up against each other. Specifically, we’re putting movies based on books/novels against each other.
We want to know which is the worst.
Here’s where we need your help. We need you to comment on what you think the worst movie based on a novel (written word, not graphic) is and give us at least a sentence or two on why you think your choice is the correct choice. The reasons behind your choice can be anything from the movie straying too far from the source material to it just being a bad movie. The choice is yours.
One week from tonight, I will collect all of the entries and create a poll, letting your fellow readers vote on who they agree with.
So, put in your entries, everyone, and let the games begin!
My last couple of post have been leading up to this one. I’ve been asking you all to submit your picks for who you think is Fiction’s Greatest Wizard. There are quite a few choices. Many wizards have captured our imaginations throughout books, movies, or video games. Boiling them down to one choice will be a difficult task, so we’ll let our poll try to sort it out for us.
The choices will be posted in the order I received them. One of them is from a guy I work with that doesn’t blog, but I’m not holding that against him. If his pick wins, I might even tell him about it. The argument I will put down for his pick will be a direct quote. Also, I’ll be leaving the poll open for two weeks.
djmatticus – Raistlin Majere. He defeated gods with his magic. Case closed.