After posting the Gatsby review the other day, I meant to add the following as a separate post:

Regardless of how “good” a movie is or whether I like it or not, a film adaptation of a book should follow the major plot points of the text and accurately represent the characters. Here are some of the best and worst adaptations by that definition. Mind you there are SEVERAL films which fall in between the best and worst categories, but I won’t mention those here.

Worst Adaptations

My Sister’s Keeper (the ending was actually changed against Jodi Picoult’s will)

Ides of March (although the playwright Beau Willimon helped write the screenplay, it is changed and dramatized compared to his play)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (very dissimilar from the slim Fitzgerald book)

Slumdog Millionaire (no similarities to the book until about pg. 100)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (trust me, the movie is MUCH better)

Shrek (the children’s series is different and involves picture books)

Pitch Perfect (totally different from Mickey Rapkin’s book about the ins and outs of the a capella world)

Best Adaptations

Life of Pi

The Help

The Perks of Being a Wallflower


The Great Gatsby (2013)

Brokeback Mountain

Into the Wild


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