Authors who hated film adaptations of their books

Whether the authors like it or not, Hollywood changes a lot from the source material when bringing a story to the big screen. Not to mention that when a writer sells the rights to a work of his own, he can be purposely left out of the adaptation process, which can generate a lot of heartbreak in relation to the final product.

Some of the writers on this list felt that the film adaptation of their work ruined the book, that the film lost the tone of the romance, destroyed the ending, or was misinterpreted. There was an author who even cried when he saw the movie.

Check out these controversial film adaptations and what each author thought about what they did with their work.

Mary Poppins (1964)

Book adaptation: Mary Poppins (1934)
Author: PL crossings

The famous fight involving Mary Poppins it was so heavy that it was turned into the movie Walt Behind the Scenes by Mary Poppinsstarring Tom Hanks like Walt Disney and Emma Thompson What PL crossings. For 20 years, Travers was intent on not letting Disney get their hands on her work, but financial problems caused her to relent.

During production, almost all of Travers’ ideas were turned down. She hated that the Mary Poppins in the movie wasn’t so strict with the kids, she hated all the animation scenes, the music and even the cast. Yes, she hated Julie Andrews. Disney was so freaked out by how much Travers despised the film that she wasn’t invited to the premiere. Despite this, she managed to get an invite, and reportedly cried for most of the film.

The Shining (1980)

Authors who hated film adaptations of their booksBook adaptation: The Shining (1977)
Author: Stephen King

Stephen King hated adapting Stanley Kubrick from The illuminated. However, it could have been a case of pure tantrum because Kubrick rejected the script King wrote for the film, which was much more faithful to the book. The film initially did not perform well. However, the weather has been good for The illuminatedwhich is often cited as one of the best horror films ever made. Even so, King failed to improve his mood towards the film over time.

In an interview he revealed: “the book is hot and the movie is cold; the book ends in fire and the movie in ice. In the book, there’s a real arc where you see Jack Torrance trying to be good and little by little the place turns him crazy. And as far as I’m concerned, when I saw the movie, Jack (Nicholson) was crazy from the very first scene. I had to keep my mouth shut at the time. It was an exhibition, and Nicholson was there. But I’m thinking to myself the minute he’s on screen, ‘Oh, I know this guy. I’ve seen him in five motorcycle movies where Jack Nicholson played the same role. And it’s so misogynistic. I mean, Wendy Torrance is just presented as this kind of screaming dish towel. But this is me, this is who I am.”

American Psychopath (2000)

Book adaptation: American Psychopath (1991)
Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis didn’t think adapting his story about a Wall Street guru by day and serial killer by night was possible. One of his arguments was partly rooted in the book’s ambiguity – readers aren’t sure whether Patrick Bateman is a crazed killer or just downright delusional (although it could easily be argued that the same ambiguity exists in the film).

Ellis also doesn’t think the film should have been made by a woman (it was directed by Mary Harron), because he feels that the middle of the film “requires the male gaze”. Also, Ellis believes that women don’t respond to movies the same way men do because of “how they are built”. Some adaptations of Ellis’ works have already been made, and the only one he revealed to have liked was Rules of Attraction.

In an interview with Oregon Live, he said:

I don’t know if it really works as a movie. It’s trying to take something that is unanswerable and answering it in a medium that demands answers, which is the film. By the very nature of the medium, it requires you to make choices. Where a novel may not be resolved, an unreliable narrator does not matter. I think Mary was kind of trying to have it both ways and she kind of left with a strange sense of dislocation that wasn’t particularly satisfying. Something you can get away with in a romance. In a movie, especially a movie like this, a very mainstream movie, it’s weird.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Authors who hated film adaptations of their books
Book adaptation:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)
Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl did not particularly care for any of the film adaptations of his books, among them Matilda and James and the Giant Peach. His biggest problem with adapting his most famous novel, A Fantastic Chocolate Factoryit’s due to the fact that his book focused on Charlie’s story, while the movie paid a lot of attention to the sinister and at the same time adorable Willy Wonka. Dahl didn’t really like the direction of Honey Stuart or the performance of Gene Wilder – ironic considering that for many viewers Wilder is the highlight of the film. he wanted the comedian Spike Milligan to or title paper.

Liz Attenborough, administrator of the Roald Dahl Museum and History Center in Buckinghamshire, said of the author: “He thought he put too much emphasis on Willy Wonka and not enough on Charlie. For him, the book was about Charlie.”

Sahara (2005)

Book adaptation:
Sahara (1992)
Clive Cussler

There’s a reason novelists don’t often get involved in adapting their own work. Movies have to cut many parts of a novel, which can be a painful process for authors. The producer who financed Sahara gave to Clive Cussler tremendous creative control over everything from casting to director approval and script supervision (which ended up having ten authors).

In the end, things got ugly. Cussler was upset that he didn’t have the final word on the script and spoke ill of the film before it opened. Saharastarring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope CruzIt was a box office disaster. Cussler sued Crusader Entertainment for not giving him full authority over the script, so Crusader sued him for publicly sabotaging the film.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Book adaptation: Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958)
Truman Capote

Truman Capote felt cheated when Audrey Hepburn was cast as Holly Golightly as he wanted Marilyn Monroe eat the protagonist. He also had a problem with the cast of George Peppardsimply because he wanted to play the romantic male lead despite having no previous acting experience.

In the book Capote: a biographyby Gerald Clarke, an author’s comment on the adaptation was quoted:

Marilyn would have been absolutely wonderful in him. She wanted to play him too, in that she worked out two whole scenes herself and did them for me. She was terribly good, but Paramount betrayed me and cast Audrey. Audrey is an old friend and one of my favorite people, but she was wrong for the role.

The Neverending Story (1984)

Book adaptation:
The Neverending Story (1979)
end of michael

the german author end of michael wrote the first screenplay for the adaptation of his fantasy novel. Like most Hollywood screenplays, it was later rewritten by another screenwriter. Ende hated the new script so much that he tried unsuccessfully to buy back the film rights. When that didn’t work, he had his name removed from the project and called it “revolting film”. Ende’s main problem with the adaptation is that he felt the movie didn’t understand the book and was simply about making money.

The Queen of the Damned (2002)

Authors who hated film adaptations of their booksBook adaptation: The Queen of the Damned (1988)
Anne Rice

More than one film has been adapted from The Vampire Chronicles, the long-running world-popular series of Anne Rice. She liked her first work adaptation, Interview with the Vampirestarring Tom Cruise like Lestat. However, she thought that Hollywood “Mutilated” The Queen of the Damneda story about Lestat (now played by Stuart Townsend) becoming a rock star. According to the author, the franchise did not move forward due to the lack of quality of the film, in addition to not having respected the fans of the books for having simply used the names of the characters, without really being based on the plot. The film was a critical and box office disappointment.

Prozac Generation (2001)

Book adaptation: Prozac Generation (1994)
Elizabeth Wurtzel

the autobiography of Elizabeth Wurtzel details his experiences with depression while studying at Harvard. The memoir highlights the drug and alcohol abuse, self-harm, and deep melancholy the author experienced during the period. The title refers to the fact that she switched to the antidepressant Prozac after a suicide attempt.

Despite a strong performance by Cristina Ricci like Wurtzel, the test audience was unimpressed. Many felt that the protagonist seemed unsympathetic and narcissistic. Prozac Nation never received a theatrical release and the author stated that she cried when she saw the film for the first time. Wurtzel felt that Ricci’s narration must have come literally from her book.

In an interview he said:

As you may have noticed, it’s a horrible movie. It’s just awful. If they thought it was good, they would have released it a long time ago. You could argue that I’m a terrible writer, but I’m the best version of me there is.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2010) and Percy Jackson and the Sea of ​​Monsters (2013)

Authors who hated film adaptations of their booksBook adaptations: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (2005) and Percy Jackson and the Sea of ​​Monsters (2006)
Rick Riordan

Many fans were not satisfied with these films, but the most dissatisfied with the book series adaptations Percy Jackson and the olympians is certainly the author Rick Riordan. He never made a point of hiding his displeasure and even posted some comments on his Twitter profile about his frustrations with the films.

I haven’t seen the movies yet, and I don’t plan on seeing them. I judge them based on the scripts I’ve read, because I care more about the story. I certainly have nothing against very talented actors. It’s not their fault. My only regret is that you were dragged into this mess.

To Riordan’s delight, his books will be adapted into a series on Disney+ and he is involved in the project.

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