Unpopular opinion: 1:1 book-to-movie adaptations are usually boring, or not as good as they could be. It’s an ADAPTATION, not a port. Make as many changes as necessary to the source material, AS LONG AS ITS GOOD. How To Train Your Dragon deviated really far from its source material, and both movies were great. Personally I found Hunger Games 1 And 2 fairly boring because of how close they kept to the books, even when it didn’t make sense for a movie or they didn’t have time to explain some of the weirder concepts from the book. Just me though.
@FP Waiter, I used to be that guy who'd just go on and on about the difference between the book and the movie. Then I got into scriptwriting and the movie industry and I finally understood the difference between being true to the word of the source material, and being true to the spirit of the source material.
The Hunger Games was true to the word, and especially the last two movies were boring as fück.
Fight Club was true to the spirit but not the word, and that remains (imo) one of the best movies ever made.
Meanwhile, Harry Potter wasn't true in either aspect, and I have little idea why those movies were so successful, most of them sucked. Especially the last four.
@I Are Lebo, haven’t read the fight club book yet, but I agree. I didn’t watch the last Hunger Games movie because 1-3 bored me to some extent and I knew how it would end, and that they’d portray it exactly how I expected. I also agree the Harry Potter movies are massively over rated
@FP Waiter, basically the only thing the Harry Potter movies did right was the special effects.
They were poorly written, mostly poorly acted, and poorly directed. And as popular as she has become, and as beautiful as she is, I'm not really all that impressed with Emma Watson. I thought she did a terrible performance in the live action Beauty and the Beast. Not once did it look like she was actually singing. She was worse at lip syncing than most of the extras.
@FP Waiter, I had been a fan of the How to Train Your Dragon series since middle school. I was DEVASTATED when I saw the movie. I was 150% “that guy who liked the book better and tells everyone” and to this day I still feel justified. So many needless changes 🙁
@Mistosa, which is a pity, because as someone who never read the book, I enjoyed the movie.
I had a similar experience as you with World War Z. I loved that book, and the movie was a damn travesty. If that movie had not been named after the book, I probably would have enjoyed it. But it betrayed the source material so badly in both word and spirit that I couldn't enjoy it.
I just read Bram Stoker’s Dracula and then watched Bram Stoker’s Dracula and this was so me...the movie was like defamation of the book characters, had to shut it off
He must be on degrass again.
The Martian was a fantastic movie, they cut a lot of stuff, but the way the book worked was Mark Watney encountered a problem, solved it, and moved on. So if they don't introduce the problem, the end result is the same. The only bad part was the ending, because up until when he poked a hole in his suit and Commander Lewis left Hermes it was a story about how this situation would play out in real life. That's my only issue with the movie
To everyone who has read the game of thrones series
I just try to think of book adapted movies as someone’s fanfiction. It helps to look at it from a different perspective.