9 of the Most Successful Film Adaptations of Terrible Books

It’s a constant refrain. You tell someone that you liked a particular movie, only to have him or her ask, “Well, have you read the book? It’s SO MUCH better!”

True enough, many movies fail to live up to the grandeur of their source material. Often, though, this is a function of translating a story from one medium to another. There are just some things that the written word can do better than sound and picture!

But, not all good books are corrupted by Hollywood. In fact, sometimes a terrible book can be turned into blockbuster or even award-winning material. Below, we’re going to introduce you to nine of the most successful film adaptations (some of which might be your favorites) that were adapted from terrible books…

1. Mrs. Doubtfire

It really sucks that Robin Williams isn’t with us anymore. Over the years, he’d given the world so many beloved performances, perhaps none more so than as the titular character in “Mrs. Doubtfire”. We might be wrong, but we think this a movie that parents will be watching with their kids for decades and decades to come. It’s really that funny and that good.

What few may not realize, though, is that Mrs. Doubtfire is actually based upon a book. It was written by Anne Fine and published in 1987, eight years before the film was released. The book, though, goes by a slightly different name Madame Doubtfire and is written for young adults. Few have leafed through its pages, but those who have report that it is dreadfully dull where the movie was wildly funny.