10 Book-To-Movie Adaptations Authors Hate

Ever read a book and get excited about the possibility of seeing it turned into a movie, only to be vastly disappointed with how the film portrayed the story? You aren’t the only one! Many readers have felt letdown after watching book-to-movie adaptations. Hollywood often turns popular novels into something entirely different, deleting storylines or changing outcomes to give the story mass-audience appeal.

If you’re disappointed as a fan, imagine how authors feel. What if the author of a book doesn’t approve of how his story was told on-screen? Well, that’s a different situation all together!

Below are ten examples of book-to-movie adaptations that the original simply hated:

10. Forrest Gump – Winston Groom

The 1994 Hollywood blockbuster Forrest Gump defined a generation when Gump uttered the words, “Life is life a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” Unfortunately, this famous line also defines the feeling Winston Groom, author of the 1986 Forrest Gump novel, had when he saw the movie. He was quite displeased that the film removed important plot points from his book and cleaned up some of the sex and language. He was even more upset that producers didn’t ante up three percent of the profits – profits that were promised to Groom in his contract. Groom ended up suing the producers and, interestingly enough, the author was never mentioned in any of the six Oscar speeches for the movie’s awards.

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