11 Book Adaptations That Were Downright Horrible 

Fans love seeing their favorite books being adapted into movies and television shows. But not all adaptations are great. That is why we decided to list 11 book adaptations that were horrible. Keep reading to find out which adaptations made our list! 

But as most fans know, the book is better than the movie. That is true for most books. Part of the reason for that could be that the source material had to be shrunk down or cut out. The problem is that the parts they cut out are central for the plot of the book. 

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11 Book Adaptations That Were Horrible 

Other times, the directors or the writers aren’t fans of the source material. Sometimes, they don’t even read the book or books. And that is evident when you watch the movie. Even when the author is involved, they don’t have that much say. 

11 Book Adaptations That Were Downright Horrible 

Horrible Book Adaptations

The first book adaptation on our list is The Maze Runner. The movies were never as good as the books but that didn’t stop them from making sequels. Another adaptation that was bad was Eragon. It had the potential to be something great but it may have been adapted in the wrong era. 

Seeing classics being butchered is one of the worst feelings. ever. Novels like The Book Thief and The Giver deserve great adaptations. But that was not meant to be. Even Percy Jackson has great potential, but it never lived up to it. 


Wishing for your favorite novels to be adapted may not be the best idea. Or it may end up being one of the worst book adaptations of all time. What other book adaptations should have made this list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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3 thoughts on “11 Book Adaptations That Were Downright Horrible 

  1. wordsandcoffee1 says:

    Though I’ve read most of these books, I haven’t seen most of the film adaptations. I think someone warned me of the reviews ahead of time in a few cases.

  2. Anonymous says:

    The recent BBC serial adaptation of ‘Great Expectations’ was a shocker. I don’t know what they were thinking, but Dickens was certainly turning in his grave.


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