Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BBAW Giveaway: One of my Favorite Bookish T-shirts

I know you're probably a wee bit disappointed that I'm not offering a book, but wait! Just look at this awesome t-shirt!!!

Don't Judge a Book By its Movie T-shirt

There are no words for the love. So here's the deal...this t-shirt is an exclusive product of my local (an hour away) independent bookstore. So not only do you get an awesome shirt, you're also helping me support my indie! Win-win!

To enter for a chance at this shirt, and sadly I can only afford to purchase one, leave me a comment and tell me the worst film adaptation you have EVER seen and WHY. Make sure to leave a valid email address! I'll leave this open until Sunday at midnight. Open worldwide! :)



brizmus said...

The WORST film adaptation of a book I have ever seen was definitely without a doubt Michael Chricton's "the Andromeda Strain." (the 1971 version; I hear that it has since been remade) The book was a super exciting keep you on the edge of your seat can't put down for even a second roller coaster ride of awesomeness. The film was far too long and ridiculously boring; the acting was horrible, and sometimes I felt as if things were going in slow motion. The music was SO bad, the kind that gets in your head and gives you a headache instead of the kind that makes you jump when the smallest thing happens (which is totally what this movie deserved).
So yeah; the andromeda Strain.


Sharon Galligar Chance said...

The worst movie adaptation I've seen has got to be My Sister's Keeper. Jodi Picoult's book was wonderful, heartwrenching and overall amazing. The screen adaptation was so bad, and they left out so many vital components, key characters, important plotlines AND changed the ending entirely, that I just sat through the movie with my mouth hanging open.


Bibliolatrist said...

I'm gonna go with Watership Down. It's my favorite book, but the film adaptation was just B-A-D. The animation was poorly done; I barely made it past the opening scene. Too bad!

Thanks for hosting this giveaway - the shirt is adorable :)

- Jenn / bibliolatrist

Sandy Nawrot said...

I'm sure if it were later in the morning and I'd had my breakfast I could come up with more. But two come to mind. First, I enjoyed reading Hannibel (I'm a big Harris fan) but the movie was unwatchable. Horrible acting, horrible pacing, just horrible. The second is The Black Dahlia. Again, the book was fantastic. The movie was well casted with lots of big names, but I shut it off about halfway through. How is is that a murder thriller would be BORING? rnawrot at cfl dot rr dot com (LOVE the T shirt)

Jen Forbus said...

So many are horrible, but I'll choose SIMON BIRCH. SIMON BIRCH is supposed to be loosely based on A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANEY. They had the perfect cast and the adaptation was absolutely horrendous. They completely changed the context of who Owen Meaney was and what he represented. Luckily they didn't retain his name! Yikes!

And by the way, Amy, it isn't disappointing not to see a book! It's very cool to have a variety of giveaways in the week! Good choice!! forbyone(at)yahoo(dot)com

And also CONGRATULATIONS!! You definitely deserve best community builder, girl!! :)

Meghan said...

This is easy - The Legend of the Seeker, which is an adaptation of The Dark is Rising. I watched it with another DiR fan and the two of us first were, "WTF?" and secondly, "This is a bad movie ANYWAY!". They changed things that didn't make sense - like making the main character into an American - but the story didn't even hold up well on its own. Very disappointing.

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Anonymous said...

First of all, that shirt is cute and funny!

The worst movie I have ever saw that was based on a movie was Flowers In The Attic. My mom had warned me not to watch because she already had since it was an older movie. I just had to watch it thought because I LOVE The Flowers In The Attic Series by V.C. Andrews. Let me tell you, my mom was right. That movie was horrible!!! The old grandma was just scary and they literally cut the book in half, so after you watched it you were sitting there like "What?" Just an all order horrible movie. I don't even know why they would try making it into a movie if they were going to butcher the book that bad!.


SusiSunshine said...

The worst movie adaption ever...hm: Solaris(by Stanisław Lem) the one with George Clooney. Ok it has George Clooney but that doesn't justify to ruin such a good book. And please, this movie is nearly unwatchable.


Beth said...

One of the worst movie adaptations ever was Memior of a Geisha. I loved the book and hated the movie.
Thanks for the giveaway.
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Brittany said...

LOVE this shirt.

I just watched a terrible adaptation last night, so I'll talk about that. My book club read Possession recently and everyone generally enjoyed it. We had a viewing of the movie yesterday. Wow, did they destroy the book. If I hadn't read it, I would have been totally confused. Plus, they changed so much that the major messages and themes of the book were completely lost. We ended up talking through most of it, because we just couldn't stand the butcher job!

Chrisbookarama said...

Love that shirt! This is easy Practical Magic. The book had a sombre tone but the movie was a chick flick with a bizarre ending.

Pam said...

There are some pretty bad ones, for sure. I didn't really enjoy Demi Moore's film for The Scarlet Letter.

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Beth F said...
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Beth F said...

Thanks for the giveaway -- I'd love to win this shirt.

I am going to pick the P&P adaptation starring Laurence Olivier. The women wore Civil War-style hoop skirts! It was hysterical.

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Ti said...

The movie hasn't even come out yet but Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs looks NOTHING like the beloved children's book. The story is even different and the animation looks creepy and weird.

I also didn't care for the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.


Jenn's Bookshelves said...


The worst book to movie adaptation would have to be the 1999 remake of Robert Bloch's PSYCHO. It was absolutely horrid! It wasn't scary, and Vince Vaughn's portrayal was no match to that of Anthony Perkins'.

Hubby and I saw this early in our relationship, and he still reminds me of how horrid it is! He's very reluctant to allow me to pick movies based on this experience alone!

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

This is a tough one. I'm going to say THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL. I love the book, and I really enjoyed the movie too, but it was like they were telling two different stories. So for book-to-movie adaptation, I'd have to go with this film.

(I'm not entering any book giveaways since I've got way too many on my shelf right now, but I want that shirt!!!)

S. Krishna said...

I have to go with The Seeker: The Dark is Rising - this is a movie adaptation of one of the books in my favorite series of children's books. Why is it bad? Because they changed EVERYTHING! Had I not known what it was supposed to be based on, I wouldn't have realized it by watching the movie!

skrishna [at] skrishnasbooks [dot] com

Tracie Yule said...

This is a tough question...there are too many to choose from. I would have to say it is a tie between I am Legend and The Mist. Both movies completely changed the endings from the book and the endings pretty much summed up what the books were about!

Jen - devourer of books said...

Michael Crighton's Congo. The movie was just So Bad. Part of the problem is that it was the 90s and either the technology wasn't there or the studio's budget wouldn't allow for realistic looking gorilla-things. It is odd, really, because you'd think they'd really take a chance on Congo, since Jurassic Park did so well. Alas, it was not to be.

Oh, and they changed the ending. I don't remember what the ending was in the book, but *SPOILER* in the movie they escaped the gorilla-things because all of the gorilla-things just jumped into a river of lava. Talk about taking the easy way out!


Valerie said...

The type of books I read are not often made into movies, or if they are, the thing is that I rarely watch movies anyway (time!!).

So what comes to my mind probably isn't "the worst", but I didn't really like the movie "The Duchess" which is based on the biography "Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire" by Amanda Foreman. They even changed the title of the movie tie-in edition of this book to match the movie's.

Oh, and I recently compared the novella and movie "Breakfast at Tiffany's". The novella is better, in my opinion.

Love the shirt, thanks for doing this give-away.

Carrie said...

The worst film adaptation I'VE ever seen is Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story which, as one of the actors in the movie even stated in an interview, has relatively little to do with the actual Anne of Green Gables series by LMM. That's pretty tacky.

What a fun giveaway though and thanks for it!

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Marie said...

I'll go with Salem's Lot -- the acting was terrible!

And I happen to love t-shirts, it's good to have variety in the giveaways :-)


Anonymous said...

My vote for worst movie adaptation EVER has to go to "Everything Is Illuminated" -- based on the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer.

The book is such an evocative, moving and strange experience -- reading it is like opening up a flower, separating its petals one by one. It's not something you can digest easily or in one sitting. It's multi-faceted, gosh darn it, fluctuating between the past and the present! It's emotional! It's STUNNING!

And the movie?


First of all, it concentrated only on the present -- the characters' journey through modern-day Europe looking for backstory on one traveler's ancestors. In the book, the present journey was, well, maybe forty percent of the overall tale. And definitely not what I would consider the most "important" of all the stories being told.

Basically, I was outraged.

And so I would love to win this shirt. :) haha!

Thanks for the chance, and for letting me vent about it again!

writing.meg [at] gmail.com

melissa @ 1lbr said...

I have to agree with The Seeker, based on The Dark is Rising. The actors/actresses were terrible and they changed the chronology (which wouldn't have been bad if the movie itself hadn't sucked) and the story. It was just painful to watch. Not even a good movie by itself (without reference to the book).

Love the shirt! It reminds me of my "Go Read a Book."


Melanie said...

This shirt is amazing!

The worst movie adaptation I've ever seen would be Pride and Prejudice, the 1940 version. I found to be really cheesy. They did away with Lady Catherine as a villian and put her on the good side as well. Plus, it kind of looked more like it was set in the Civil War era.

Britt said...

There is certainly NO shortage of wretched movie adaptations out there.
Personally-- I HATE the third Harry Potter movie. Hate hate hate it. In fact, I haven't seen any of the later ones as a result.
And while I liked the movies overall, in the Lord of the Rings movies there were some pretty seriously STUPID decisions made. ("The Ring will go to Gondor", what kind of crap is that!?)

(I actually like the old Andromeda Strain movie, but I saw it as a kid before reading the book.)

That's an awesome shirt!
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Michelle said...

LOVE the shirt! So many bad adaptations, so little time!?! This is a tough one. The one that came to mind immediately was HP6. There were some points they left out of the movie that are essential for the rest of the story that irked me beyond belief. And no battle scene at the end! My disappointment knows no bounds.


Unknown said...

This is fantastic! So much fun. As a side note, I refuse to buy books with movie covers. Why should actors get on the cover of a book? They didn't write it! Ahem. Stepping off soap box now...

Two bad movie adaptations:
1. Chocolate -- UGH! I've never been closer to walking out on a film in my life, and I loved this book.

2. P&P starting K. Knightly. Not acceptable.


bermudaonion said...

I'm sure there are worse, but the first one that popped into my head was Confessions of a Shopaholic. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Angiegirl said...

The worst film adaptation I have ever seen was Blood and Chocolate based on the book by Annette Curtis Klause. The movie was so unbelievably cheesy, yet determined to take itself seriously that it was painful to watch. When they started turning into werewolves by shooting through the air and looking at each other MEANINGFULLY, it was all over. The only good part is getting to listen to Hugh Dancy talk. Otherwise, bomb.

Thanks for the shirt giveaway, Amy!

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Melissa Ward said...
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Melissa Ward said...

(sorry for that first one - I got the wrong comment on the wrong blog! so here's the comment for Amy's post :D)

Great t-shirt! Hmmm...worst movie adaptation ever....

Well, I'd have to say that as beautifully shot as it was THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS adaptation with Daniel-Day Lewis had the worst script adaptation ever considering that Cora lives in the movie but dies in the book (and doesn't Uncas fall in love with her not Alice? - wtf?).

Runner up is the 2005 PRIDE AND PREJUDICE - no way on this planet would Lady Catherine show up in the middle of the night at someone's house (also, what's up with the "my sister never shows her true feelings to me" line? wrong). Beautiful cinematography tho.

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Anonymous said...

It was definitely "My Sister's Keeper" by Jodi Picoult. I was so disappointed to see how much was changed, especially the ending. wandanamgreb(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I'm going with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, too, simplye because, at least according to the trailers, they've totally changed the book.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

AJC said...

No contest - "The Cat in the Hat" with Mike Myers. Is there anything worse than this cinematic hate crime against a childhood icon?

-Aaron Curtis,microscopiconsideration@gmail.com

Orchid said...

Worst movie adaptation of a book: Eragon, I love the books, but they totally messed up the movie. :)

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Mellissa said...
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Mellissa said...

I absolutely love the shirt! My vote would have to be for Fahrenheit 451. It is probably my favorite book EVER, and the movie was just awful. I heard that someone might be doing a re-adaption, but I sort of wish that Hollywood would just leave well enough alone. Stream-of-consciousness style writing just doesn't translate well to film. The original movie was confusing and random because of it.

Dang, I forgot to add my email in the last comment.

Literate Housewife said...

Quick question before I enter... Does the lady's figure come with the t-shirt? LOL! I didn't think so.

The worst film adaption that comes to my mind is The Cat in the Hat. Jim Carrey destroyed it in my opinion. There was no point of making that into a feature film. No reason at all. I would then choose Johnny Depp's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as the second worst film adaptation.

Great contest, Amy!!!!

Anonymous said...

This would be fun to wear to school when I teach.

Worst book to film: City of Ember. I loved the book. I read it aloud to my students. We worked through the instructions as a class. We enjoyed. I was so excited when I saw a movie was coming. Didn't get to the theatre but got the DVD. Settled in to watch it. Ok the beginning had some difference. I'm thinking that's ok because some could be changed. And then - the big giant mole! What?????? There is NO big giant mole in the book!!! I was done. And I was sad because it could've been such an amazing movie.

Thanks for the give-away!

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Holly (2 Kids and Tired) said...

I can only pick one?
2007 Persuasion. Blech. Blech.
2005 Pride and Prejudice. Keira Knightley. Need I say more?

On a different note: The Devil Wears Prada film was way better than the book!

Terrific giveaway. Completely literary.

Kristen said...

I actually sat through the opening night screening of The Scarlet Letter with Demi Moore as Hester Prynne. On the plus side, I had a free ticket but it's still a couple hours of my life that I will never get back again. Seriously. The Scarlet Letter with a happy ending?! Did the screenwriter even read the book? Did s/he care that s/he had brutalized a classic? I mean, I know Hawthorne's bit in the counting house was deadly dull, but a happy ending? Really? I'm still boggled, almost 13 years later.

whitreidsmama at yahoo dot com

Tammy said...

My husband suggests Tarzan starring Bo Derek.

My vote goes to The Member of the Wedding (1952), based on the novel by Carson McCullers. Julie Harris was 27 at the time and was playing a 12-year-old girl. Give me a break. And she got an Oscar nomination!

Love the shirt!

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Esme said...

Great t-shirt. worst movie Eragon.


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Alyce said...

The new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, although saying that I've seen it is a stretch since I couldn't bear to sit through it, so I've never watched the whole thing.

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Amee said...

Is it bad that I can only think of movies that were better than the book!?

I guess I'll have to go with the Georgia Nicolson movie. I still enjoyed it but it took some leaps that made me kind of wish they'd just stuck to the book. Or maybe it was more how the actors portrayed the characters that was too far from what I felt they were in the books. I can't pinpoint anything really!

Unknown said...

I can think of a few but a big one is "Simon Birch". What a disaster! It was basically the story of "A Prayer for Owen Meany", a fantastic book. It could have been great but it was as if they didn't get the book so it missed big time and in that respect it's a great thing the gave it a different name.
Another was "Bonfire of the Vanities". It wasn't cast well and the acting wasn't great for some of the significant roles. Nobody clicked. Again, it was as if nobody involved got the pont of book.

Amy, I think the T-shirt is Great! I'm happy your doing a tee for your giveaway!
Thank you!


Sheila (bookjourney) said...

I have two - both were wonderful book club reads and as a group we went to the movie...
1. Memoirs of A geisha was an incredible read... so detailed and a fabulous review. The movie was so off and so much was missing I dont think I filly would have understood it if I had not read the book and been able to fill in the pieces.

2. The Other Boleyn Girl. This was my first historical fiction rad and I loved it... heck, the whole book club loved and I think that was a first!
The movie however - same thing.... confusing, poorly done.... I am better off sticking to the books. :)

Stacie said...

Awesome shirt! I will pick the most current book to movie flop..."My Sister's Keeper" based on Jodi Picoult's book. Awful! Adding the extra family members to just sit in the background in the movie....changing the ending....leaving out all the relationship stuff with the attorney and the daughter,...I could go on and on!

Gaby317 said...

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby was adapted into a film with Robert Redford as Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan, Sam Waterston as Nick.

I had a clear picture of what Gatsby would be like and how he would relate to the world but the film seemed to skip right over that undefinable character. Instead, there were beautiful costumes, locations, and people - it captured the gloss of Gatsby but not enough of the soul of the story. It was particularly upsetting because I had loved the book so much.

gaby317nyc at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Twilight. Because as bad as the book was, the movie was just cheesy. The flying scene? And the sparkles? Poor.

fizzybeverage at gmail dot com

Lynn said...

Love the shirt! Worst film adaptation.. Hmmm, I usually avoid seeing a movie if I've read the book and vice versa, because it's so often a letdown. How about The Scarlet Letter? I don't think I made it through the whole movie but I remember it being pretty universally panned.

Madeleine said...

Holy cow. Limiting this comment to one movie is cruel and unfair. ( :

All the same, I can easily say that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was, indubitably, THE worst book-movie adaptation of all time. Not only did they throw all sense and reason overboard with their love stories, but they committed the even more blasphemous sin of omitting nearly everything crucial to the continuation to the next movie. Kill me now, before I can continue. I could jabber on and on to no end without feeling any remorse. As time passes, my anger at Warner Bros. for this inhumane manipulation of a dang good book exceeds limitations, pushing the barriers. I have never disliked a movie so much. As is my nature, I'll certainly buy the movie, but I will scorn the writers every moment.

To shorten my reply, I will sum things up by saying that HP6 was a lame excuse for a movie. It left out all the emotional, thought-evoking moments of the original book and instead replaced those beloved moments with ones of silly immaturity that made you feel ashamed for reading the book in the first place--and made me ashamed of being a teenager. I probably sound childish for choosing a Harry Potter movie, of all things, but you asked for the worst book-movie ever, and here it is, shamelessly before you. Goodness, what has Hollywood come to?

Please take into consideration the fact that you touched on the very thing that sends many true-blue book lovers into fits, and a calm, rational response was not to be expected!

I would love the shirt! My email is wordbirdreplies@gmail.com (I don't want to make my personal email address public.)

J.T. Oldfield said...

*****SPOILER ALERT******

I didn't actually see this, but there is an old adaptation of Little Women that my mom told me about where Beth does not die. Can you believe that? I mean, I know that it's incredibly tragic in the book when she dies but how can you have a movie where she doesn't?

Thanks for hosting this contest (and all that you do)


Rhiannon Hart said...

I haven't seen it because the synopsis sounded so awful I just want to cry: Blood and Chocolate. Awesome book. Baaaaaad things happened to the screenplay!

malleycc said...

I thought Thinner from Stephen King was a good book but horrible film. Alot of Stephen King's books were lousy films, although some were fantastic.

Sherry said...

I usually take movies on their own terms, but the film version of Dune was pretty bad.

Alipet813 said...

Love this shirt and would love to win it!

I have to say The DaVinci Code. The book was exciting and fast paced. The movie not so much!

I have a hard time with books being made into movies. They usually fail miserably.

Also, I agree with Cgmanly. I hate when they put the actors on the book cover. It annoys me. My daughter, who is 14, gets ticked off everytime she see a Twilight cover with the actors. Stephanie Myer had meaning with her covers.

Jonnie (JB) said...

I didn't like the film adaptation of Deep End of the Ocean. I thought the film lacked the emotion that I felt very strongly from the book.

M Denise C said...

I love the actor Dale Midkiff and I love Stephen King's books, but the movie Pet Sematary was absolutely horrible. It was released in 1988. I mean, King wrote The Shining and look at the great movie that was made from that book! Not to mention a few others like The Green Mile.

Anonymous said...

Not sure which one came first the book or the movie, but I loved the movie "Dying Young", and later found the book with Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott on the cover. When I closed the book, I was perplexed beyond measure. The book left me flummoxed--it didn't even resemble the movie :) Kristy Barrett aka Kristy Bee

Misusedinnocence said...

Flowers in the Attic! I loved the book and the movie messed up the plot sooo bad.

Erica said...

I definately have to go with Eragon. It's just terrible. I cannot possibly list all the reasons here, but I'll list a few:
1) Arya basically encourages Eragon throughout the whole movie - She does NOT do thati n the movie - she tells him she cannot return his feelings
2) Arya was not supposed to be awake - if she was she could've healed Brom instead of letting him die
3) The acting was just bad and corny
4) It cut out so much!
5) The list can go on and on
Eragon is one of my favorite series, but the movie was so messed up.


rachel @ a fair substitute for heaven said...


The narrative in McEwan's novel was full of literary twists and surprises leading up to a massive shock at the end; the film failed to convey the betrayal of narrative in the same way the text did.

For that, ostensibly, is the thread sewing Atonement together: the betrayal and manipulation of stories. On a visceral canvas, such as the screen, that resonance was lost.

It looked pretty (*cough* James McAvoy looked pretty); and it sounded pretty but some books were meant to be books: narrative worlds to park your suitcase and walk around in.

I also thought that The English Patient failed to make a good transition to screen. Ondaatje's prose and style is so poetic and, as such, the novel reads like a poem of Ulysses-esque scope---- the film lost all of the beautiful language: the consonance, the symmetry of perfectly placed words in perfectly placed order.

And finally Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story.


Anne disguises herself as a nun?

Ellz said...

Great shirt, did you say they could be purchased, these would make great gifts.
I have to say A Hitchhikers guide to the galazy. I had such high hopes for this movie but it just missed the mark. Maybe it was the acting?

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks said...

Love the t-shirt! Love the indies!

Bad movie adaptation? ATONEMENT. Too much typewriter clattering and contrived drama; like the storyline wasn't dramatic enough!

dawn [at] sheistoofondofbooks [dot] com

Simply Stacie said...

Confessions of a Shopholic is the worst movie-book adaptation. It was just wrong! The book took place in London and the movie was NY. I thought the characters were poorly adapted too.

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claire said...

Awesome shirt!! Totally bookish!!

WOrst movie for me is a toss-up between Harry Potter 1 and Eragon. HP1 had too many scenes cut out that it would've been hard to understand had you not read the book. The people I know who haven't were befuddled. Eragon is just lousy. Both were obviously low-budget.

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Pissenlit said...

Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story! Seriously, what the heck was that?? They took the characters from the Anne of Green Gables series and threw them into their own made-up really bad story that doesn't work with the books. And then they couldn't even keep their own made-up stories straight because it created a timeline continuity error with an episode of Road to Avonlea! ARGH!!

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Book Sp(l)ot said...

HOw about the Romeo and Juliet that I think was from the 70s...or if I can pick movies that I actually like but don't like how they took the book and adpated it into said movie, then PS I Love You and Blood and Chocolate-good books, good movies (or so I think) but seperately :)


Elizabeth said...

My choices have already been stated, so let me just say that I completely agree with

1 - Anne of Green Gables: The Continuing Story (this series has, like, EIGHT books in it, but you think you need to branch out and make up your own?? SO cheesy.)


2 - Eragon. Just so disappointing. It could have been great, but was just bad.

Thanks for a fun giveaway!! =)


B said...

Oh gosh. The Beach. That book is good. I'm telling you, but no one will read it because they saw the film that made it all about Leonardo DiCaprio and his women. It was all wrong.
brennalxd (at) yahoo dotcom

Love that T-shirt!

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie said...

That's the coolest shirt! Love the quote :)

I'm seriously hard to please when it comes to book-movie adaptations. So I've narrowed it down to these ones:
Cat In The Hat & Grinch Who Stole Christmas (Mike Myers live action versions) - I loved these books as a kid and seeing them as films was such a let-down. IMO they never should have attempted it.
A lot of Stephen Kings screen adaptations, Running Man, The Mist, Salems Lot.
I Am Legend - oh this one made me so mad!

Anonymous said...

A great t-shirt.

I didn't like the movie 'my sister's keeper.' I prefered the book by far.

karen k

Jenn M. said...

Wow! So many listed that I agree with...and disagree with.

The worst movie I've ever seen was The Perfect Storm, however, I haven't read the book, so I can't really use that one. :)

For me, it's a toss up between Eragon, which was absolutely butchered, and The Cat in the Hat, which was just wrong!

Blood and Chocolate was pretty bad too...they missed the whole point of the book. Which is stronger your blood, who you are, or the sweet temptation aka chocolate. In the movie she works in a chocolate shop instead?!?! What!!


Renee said...

Probably My Sister's Keeper... I didn't even bother to go see it when I heard how much it was different from the book.


Unknown said...

I've been disappointed in many book adaptations, but I'm going to go with The Polar Express. The book has such a dream like, soft, magical feeling, and the movie was all loud and raucous for the 3-D effects.

Brimful Curiosities said...

I really dislike The Cat In The Hat starring Mike Myers. It is beyond awful. email in blogger profile.

Book Dragon said...
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Book Dragon said...

First of all, THANK YOU for BBAW. I've enjoy myself beyond all reason and am marking my calendar for next year (want to help)

Now, is it bad to say I don't usually compare movies to books? The movies are never as good, so much stuff gets left out.

That said, HP6! I left the theater and apologised to my husband for dragging him to see it.

LOVE THE SHIRT! Could those of us who don't win, order one?

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edited to add: OMG I'm going to be there 10-3! I'm about an hour away (depending on traffic) too

Jena said...

Such a hard question! I don't often see movies adapted from books because I feel they're sure to disappoint. That said, I feel my disappointment most acutely for Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, although I'd probably feel as strongly if I'd read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince the week before seeing the movie, too. (Most of the Pride & Prejudice adaptations are right up there on the list, too.)

Paradox said...

Two words. Ella Enchanted.

The movie of that incredible book was more than a disaster. It was the kind of adaptation that added insult to injury. It turned the story into a weak parody of itself. I saw it once and refuse to ever watch it again.

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