Don’t judge a book by its movie: The worst book-to-movie adaptations

Jake Freeman, staff writer

Each year, bestselling novels are adapted for the big screen. As teenagers, we build these books to movies adaptations up and are usually let down.

Some of the controversial book to movie adaptations are the “Harry Potter” novels by JK Rowling. Some students view the film versions as a success, while others view them as failures. When asked if he thought the film adaptations were a success, junior Daryoush Amehdi said “Yeah, I think they were because they helped visualize the whole book.”

On the other hand, senior Mary Beth Stafford feels that the final movie installment “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II” doesn’t do the series justice. “J.K. Rowling wrote the final Battle of Hogwarts perfectly. The movies changed it a ton. They over dramatized it and the part where Voldemort and Harry’s face swirled together was the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen,” she said.

“Twilight” by Stephanie Meyer is another of the biggest book to movie failures according toEdinaHigh Schoolstudents. Junior Melissa Sutton said “the movie came out and the actors made it such a joke. Kristen Stewart is probably the most awkward and non-realistic human being in the entire movie.”

Sophomore Mackenzie Wolfe stands in agreement with Ms. Sutton, saying “the actors are so bad.”

Another of the biggest book to movie blunders that mostEdinastudents seem to agree upon is “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult, which was adapted for film in 2009. “My Sister’s Keeper was nothing like the book,” exclaimed junior Nora Abdelal. “Like completely different. They leave out characters.” Another critic of the film adaptation, junior Amanda Moghaddas, said that “the ending is way different.”

In the New Year we will see popular novels “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien and “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins adapted for the big screen.  Hopefully these book to movie adaptations don’t letEdinastudents down.