The Insight on Book-to-Movie Adaptations


There has always been debates between books and movies and which is better, but what about movie adaptations? Book-to-movie adaptations have been quite popular recently. Books such as Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, The Shining by Stephen King, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl were called to be some of the more popular adaptations that received the most backlash, According to 


The movie adaptation of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was made on Feb. 12, 2010. 


The movie was missing various parts and characters compared to the book such as the character Ares and the Three Fates. Other times they reduced the screen time of characters like Dionysus. In my opinion, it was a very frustrating and confusing movie to watch for someone who was invested in the book. I may be biased because I am more fond of books, but there is no doubt that the movie missed events like the exploding bus that readers enjoyed reading.

Another movie adaptation that gained quite some popularity was Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which was written in 1964. The original movie was released in 1971, with a remake of the movie coming out in 2005. Roald Dahl had prided himself on writing his original script for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and was furious when he found out the movie adaptation was heavily rewritten. Not only was he upset over the rewrite he also did not agree with the casting for the movie such as using the actor Gene Wilder for Willy Wonka. Brian Viner, a journalist, revealed that Dahl hated Gene Wilder’s performance and thought the director had no no talent when making the film.

Majority of the time authors are displeased with the movie adaptations because of the casting for actors, the rewrites and generally just the movie itself of their original work. If you’re looking for good book-to-movie adaptations try out Hunger Games, The Princess Bride, and Gone with the Wind.