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10 Books That Were Better Than Their Film Adaptations

When we asked our Facebook audience which books they thought were better than their film adaptations, many of the responses simply said... ALL OF THEM! We totally agree, but here are some of the most popular nominations for the worst book-to-film adaptations. Are any of your least favourite films on the list?

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1. The Time Traveller's Wife (2009)

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Adapted from The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


The film adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's mind-bending masterpiece was loathed by critics and proved pretty unpopular on Facebook, too. With a score of just 38% on popular review website Rotten Tomatoes and 47% on Metacritic, here are some of the comments we received on Facebook...

CJ: 'When I read The Time Traveller's Wife, I cried at the end as it was such a sweet and moving ending. I was gutted that the film had decided to completely change it.'

JR: 'The Time Traveller's Wife is the one I read and reread. Totally flummoxed by how it was let down by the film.'

PC: 'Terrible film, fantastic book.'

KB: 'Painful. >_<'

2. My Sister's Keeper (2009)

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Adapted from My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult's stunning novel touched the hearts of many a reader - but its film adaptation only served to make viewers' hearts sink. With the most common complaint being that the film-makers changed the very poignant ending, audiences were not impressed with this film, despite a star-studded cast including Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin. It has a rating of just 49% on Rotten Tomatoes and 51% on Metacritic.

CR: 'My Sister's Keeper; the film's ending ruined the whole message of the book.'

KW: 'My Sister's Keeper! Can't believe they changed the ending for the film.'

KM: 'The book is much sadder.'

KH: 'My Sister's Keeper. Honestly I'm still angry.'

3. One Day (2011)

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Adapted from One Day by David Nicholls 

Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, this romantic film about two individuals and their lives through the years might have been great - but it certainly wasn't, according to critics and our Facebook audience. With a rating of 36% on Rotten Tomatoes and 48% on Metacritic, many believed there was simply so much detail in the book, a film adaptation would inevitably fall short.

HW: 'God, that film was disappointing. Atrocious acting. And they changed the story.'

HJ: 'What a great book and what an utterly terrible film. Too much happened in it to be made into a film.'

4. The Girl on the Train (2016)

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Adapted from The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 

Many believed that this gripping, gritty and engrossing thriller novel simply didn't translate well into the film format - especially given its Americanised adaptation. Its rating on Rotten Tomatoes is just 43%; on Metacritic, 48%.

MJ: 'The book was far superior to the film. Thought the film was too Americanised. It should have been set in the UK like the book.'

SE: 'The Girl on the Train - loved the book, didn't figure out who dunnit until the end. The movie was rubbish!'

LG: 'I fell asleep through the film.'

AH: 'The Girl on the Train was not okay.'

5. The Lovely Bones (2009)

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Adapted from The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold 

The film adaptation of this poignant, moving and unique novel sadly did not meet viewers' expectations. With a rating of 31% on Rotten Tomatoes and 42% on Metacritic, the many fans of the book were left hugely disappointed.

EL: '100% The Lovely Bones - the movie was terrible, but the book was amazing. I cried from about page 13, I'm sure.'

MS: 'Loved the book; very disappointed with the film. I have to make a conscious decision as to whether I read the book or watch the film.'

6. P. S. I Love You (2007)

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Adapted from PS, I Love You by Cecelia Ahern 

This tear-jerking romantic read was sadly let down by its film adaptation. Many of the book's fans despaired over the fact that - once again - the story was plucked from its true location (Ireland) and set in America. With a rating of 24% on Rotten Tomatoes and 39% on Metacritic, the reviews reflected fans' disappointment.

CM: 'PS, I Love You is one of my favourite books. I loathe the film. A big part of the book was the fact it was set in Ireland, yet they moved it to the USA. The actors were also really bad.'

DP: 'P. S. I Love You was VERY disappointing compared to the book.'

JD: 'The film was rubbish and didn't follow the book at all - not even in the same country!'

7. The Harry Potter Series (2001-2011)

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Adapted from the Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling 

Many people were actually quite impressed with the Harry Potter films - but no film could ever live up to those books! The films have impressive average ratings on review websites, with 85% on Rotten Tomatoes and 74% on Metacritic, but of course, the Harry Potter books are just too good in comparison. The main complaint is that the films leave out a lot of important detail that can be found in the books.

EW: 'Harry Potter series, of course. Lot more information in the books. But I do love the films too.'

BL: 'Harry Potter had a lot of stuff cut out that should've been in the films!'

SM: 'Of course Harry Potter, especially The Prisoner of Azkaban!'

UR: 'HARRY POTTER. All caps because it can't be emphasised enough!'

RT: 'Harry Potter without a doubt! So much was missing in the movies.'

8. The Golden Compass (2007)

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Adapted from Northern Lights by Philip Pullman 

The anticipation for the adaptation of this hugely popular book was, well, huge. Sadly, however, it turned out to be a massive let-down for fans - and especially for those who had hoped for sequels. Lacking the ambience of wonder and magnitude that can be sensed throughout the spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy, the film has garnered ratings of 43% on Rotten Tomatoes and 51% on Metacritic.

LC: 'The biggest awful book-to-film translation for me was The Golden Compass.'

SCM: 'Northern Lights. I won't go and watch them anymore if I enjoyed the book.'

9. Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

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Adapted from Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres 

The film adaptation of this wonderful historical love story has been deemed to be historically inaccurate, lacking in detail and horribly miscast. It has a rating of just 29% on Rotten Tomatoes (ouch) and 36% on Metacritic.

RS: 'The book is wonderful, the film definitely not. I felt it was largely miscast and it left out huge chunks.'

NN: 'An absolutely beautiful book! What on EARTH possessed them to cast Nicolas Cage as Captain Corelli?!'

VB: 'An extraordinary book, vast in its historical scope and accuracy, written from several viewpoints... the film, however, is a pretty and tender love story... not even in the same league as the book!'

LM: 'Lovely poignant ending in the book. Totally ruined in the film.'

10. Eragon (2006)

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Adapted from Eragon by Christopher Paolini 

The first of Christopher Paolini's epic series of fantasy novels spawned the worst-reviewed film on our list, with a meagre rating of 16% on Rotten Tomatoes and 38% on Metacritic. Starring a boy who finds a dragon egg and is thrown into a world of peril, adventure and magic, the novel's adaptation was a massive disappointment for fans of the book and for fantasy fans in general.

LS: 'The book series is amazing. The film is dreadful.'

PM: 'The film-makers squished a big detailed book into 1.5 hours and ruined it.'

SA: 'The book (and the rest of the series) was loads better than the film.'