Book lovers always have mixed reactions when there is a movie adaptation of a book they love. On the one hand, they want to see their favourite character come to life on the big screen but on the other hand, no one wants to see some big shot Hollywood director butcher the ideas they have in their minds of how the book universe is supposed to be. Sometimes though, the seemingly irrational fear of book fanatics is justified because some big shot Hollywood director does butcher everything good about the book.
Let’s compare some book reviews to their movie reviews. Reviews chosen represent general reception of the movies and books respectively.
Do Johnny Depp a favour and forget you saw ‘Mortdecai.’ – Elizabeth Weitzman (New York Daily News)
The book is soaked with sharp humour and it’s impossibly intriguing – Buzzfeed
Treating its important subject matter with a near Reefer Madness-style hysteria, Addicted ultimately proves less than addicting. –
The hottest paperback in the country – New York Times 1998
The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones
The story and the movie are both sub-par, forgettable – and worst of all, crushingly boring by the end. – The story and the movie are both sub-par, forgettable – and worst of all, crushingly boring by the end. – Kofi Outlaw (Screen Rant)
A great pleasure, Cassandra Clare managed to hit the right snares in City of Bones. – Jasper de Joode
A low-grade comedy that’ll have Jonathan Swift turning in his grave. – Anna Smith (Empire)
The witty and satiric style of Jonathan Swift’s narrative has an universal appeal to every intelligent reader while the circumstances and surroundings aid in accomplishing the tale by providing the elements of fantasy and thrill. – Thinker views
This swords-and-sorcery throwback has little imagination on display, instead doubling down on computer-generated flair to pass the time. – Wiliam Gos (Empire)
This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren in its robust but reflective blend of folktale, history, parable and personal testimony, pioneer narrative. – Publishers Weekly
For untainted quality and content you should probably wean off book-based movies and read the books they were based on or do both.