Top 10 Authors Who Hated Their Movie Adaptations



while audiences and critics may have loved these films the original scribes did not feel the same way I'm not a smart man but I know what love is welcome to watchmojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the top 10 authors who hated movie adaptations of their work before we begin we publish new videos every day so be sure to subscribe for more great content for this list we're looking at otters who for one reason or another took issue with the big-screen versions of their written material number 10 Billy Hayes midnight express catch The Midnight Express what's that Midnight Express tells the true story of Billy Hayes incarceration in Turkey after being apprehended for smuggling hashish it's film adaptation directed by Alan Parker with an Oliver Stone screenplay was a success both commercially and critically winning several Academy Awards but while the movie version was relatively faithful to the source material Stone opted to change the ending in the film Hayes takes the life of a prison guard attempting to sexually assault him in real life however Hayes escaped by stealing a dinghy and rowing 17 miles across the sea of Marmora Hayes has been quoted as saying he wished they'd included the real ending but it never made it into the final draft number nine Winston groom Forrest Gump my mom always said life was like a box of chocolates you never know what you're going to get Forrest Gump was the smash hit of 1994 earning over six hundred and seventy seven million dollars at the box office and winning six Academy Awards including Best Picture perhaps the film's biggest critic however was the author of the original book himself Winston groom was frustrated that the film left out several key plot points what's more groom didn't earn much money due to the language in his contract which allotted him three percent of the film's net profits the Amin must keep that money because I still ain't seen a nickel that million dog however producers claimed Forrest Gump didn't turn a profit so three percent of nothing is a big fat zero groom published a sequel to the novel in 1995 with the first page stating quote don't never let nobody make a movie of your life story ouch promises to be exist if it goes number eight me fail and the neverending story good luck we'll find you if you were a kid in the 80s odds are you watched the neverending story a dozen times if not more the film was generally considered a critical success with Roger Ebert praising the visual effects in particular these effects weren't enough to win over the original author however me hey Olinda believed the ending of the revised script was so different from the spirit of the book that he tried to take back the film rights took the producers to court and eventually had his name removed from the project entirely in the end he called the film quote a gigantic melodrama of kitsch commerce plush and plastic number seven EB white Charlotte's Web I've been watching you and I like you I can't see you EB White's tale about the friendship between a pig and a spider is one of the best-selling children's books of all time and in 1973 it was adapted into an animated musical film although Charlotte's Web was a moderate success at first it has since become one of the most beloved children's films ever produced that likely isn't the case in EB White's household however white called the film a travesty and he hated that the storyline was constantly interrupted for musical numbers stating quote I don't care much for jolly songs number six Bret Easton Ellis American Psycho to return some videotapes American Psycho is a chilling tale about a Wall Street investment banker with a taste for the macabre begins moonlighting as a serial killer the author behind the source material Bret Easton Ellis was not impressed with the adaptation stating that he didn't think the book needed to be turned into a movie did you know I'm utterly insane Ellis has also been quoted as saying that film is quote a medium that really is built for the male gaze and for a male Sensibility perhaps a comment on American psychos director mary harron whom Ellis believes failed to capture the books ambiguity and Batemans role as an unreliable narrator I simply am NOT THERE number 5 anthony burgess a Clockwork Orange from one disturbing adaptation to another a clockwork orange' is considered one of Stanley Kubrick's best films even now decades later it continues to terrify shocked and disturbed viewers however anthony burgess the author of the 1962 novel on which it was based didn't feel the film did his original work justice the englishman believed that Kubrick missed the main theme of the novel redemption with the director choosing to focus on graphic violence and explicit sex instead funny how the colors of the real world only seemed really real and you vide them on a screen number for rural doll Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory who doesn't love Gene Wilder's performance as the eccentric Willy Wonka in the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory well you all doll for one doll the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hated the fact that the film shifted the focus from Charlie to Wonka as evidenced by the change in title he also disliked Wilders performance calling it pretentious and wished that Spike Milligan or Peter Sellers had been cast instead thinkable ultimately Dahl vowed to never allow producers to adapt the novel sequel while he was alive jeez good day sir number three Truman Capote Breakfast at Tiffany's Holly I love you Audrey Hepburn is one of the most beloved actresses of all time and perhaps her most memorable role was that of Holly Golightly the eccentric socialite in Breakfast at Tiffany's Hepburn was even nominated for an Academy Award for her performance clearly no one told Truman Capote any of this however Capote believed Hepburn was entirely wrong for the part instead he wanted the role to go to Marilyn Monroe while Monroe likely would have been great in retrospect it's hard to imagine anyone other than Hepburn playing Holly come to me that something lipstick number 2 P L Travers MARY POPPINS you may come in welcome to time P L Travers held out for nearly 20 years before she finally allowed Disney to adapt her children's book Mary Poppins into a big-budget film unfortunately her worst fears were realized during production Travers script edits were disregarded she hated the changes to Poppins character thought the animated scenes were absurd and reportedly even detested Julie Andrews classic portrayal supercalifragilistic expialidocious even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious at the film's premiere Travers allegedly spent much of the film in tears as a result she refused to allow Disney to adapt any of the other books in the series before we unveil our number one pick here are some honorable mentions God didn't do this out we did what do you think you are for Christ's sake crazy or something number one Stephen King The Shining here's Johnny the shining is considered by many to be the greatest horror movie of all time so it's ironic that the master of horror fiction and author of the source material disagrees Stephen King hated Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of his novel particularly the changes to the characters he believed Kubrick and Jack Nicholson turned Jack Torrance into a crazy character which was not the case in the novel and transformed Wendy Torrance into nothing more than a screaming mess King claimed that Kubrick couldn't grasp the inhuman evil of the hotel and instead looked for evil in the characters King disliked it so much he ended up helping produce a TV mini-series adaptation in 1997 that was far closer to his intended story do you agree with our picks check out these other great clips from WatchMojo and subscribe for new videos every day

50 thoughts on “Top 10 Authors Who Hated Their Movie Adaptations

  1. One flew over the Cuckoo's nest is a really bad adaptation. It's flat and the characters are flat and I just… I can't even…

  2. The best thing about the clockwork orange novel was the irony that Alex Delarge was able to stop committing crimes of his own free will, without the need for said free will to taken away. The movie shouldve had the original ending!

  3. I would like to add that Ian Fleming and his thoughts on Dr. No should have been here or at least an honorable mention.

  4. 1.unfortunately i knew p.l.travers would be on here even though everything disney makes is gold 2. Doesn't stephen king hate all the movie adaptations of his books? And 3. Why would you sell the movie rights if it doesn't need a movie idiot!?!?!?!

  5. What about Uncle Rick and the Percy Jackson movies? He has explicitly stated that he HATES the movies(as does everyone that has read the books). My teacher rewarded us for finishing TLT by watching the movie, and by the end all of us were booing!

  6. Poor Stephen King rarely has a good adaptation, it's either hit or miss, and it's more often miss than hit. Even when he decided to do it himself ( Maximum Overdrive) it was, for lack of a better word… A flop.

  7. – Jack Kerouac was mortified over Hollywood's adaptation of his 1958 novel, THE SUBTERRANEANS.

    – Jeff Rice was not thrilled with the made-for-TV film of his unpublished horror novel, THE KOLCHAK PAPERS a/k/a THE NIGHT STALKER (1971). He also hated the sequel THE NIGHT STRANGLER (1973) and the short-lived TV series (1974-75), neither of which Rice wanted a thing to do with.

  8. My understanding is that Ken Kesey never saw the movie One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest. The title of this video suggests that the authors saw the movies, and then decided they hated them. Interestingly, Jack Nicholson was one of the reasons he refused to see it and one of the reasons Stephen King doesn't like the movie The Shining.

  9. Roald Dahl made it so his sequel book could NEVER BE made into a movie PERIOD! Not just while he was alive. It was in his will.

  10. Thomas Harris' hated that they changed the ending of "Hannibal" for the movie. Anthony Hopkins said in an interview that three different endings were written, they filmed two and since he had become good friends with Harris he took the two ending for him to see. Hopkins told him which one preferred (the ending they ended up using) and then asked which one he liked. Harris replied, "Neither." A few years later when Harris was coerced into writing "Hannibal Rising" he added to the contract he would write the screenplay despite never writing one before because he didn't want his story butchered the way "Hannibal" had been.

  11. You forgot:

    Alan Moore; he hated ALL if the adaptations of his work (Watchmen, V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, etc)

    Rick Riordan;He hated the Percy Jackson movies SO much that he actually wrote a letter to teachers not to show their students the movies

    Peter Benchley; He did not like Jaws, nor did the book, as they led to overfishing, as he became a ocean protector

    Ernest Hemingway; He hated A Farewell to Arms movie so much that he tried to stop it from premiering in Arkansas

    Akira Toriyama: He hated Dragonball Evolution that he said that it was the movie " that should never be called Dragonball"

    Lois Duncan; She had nothing to do with I Know What You did Last Summer movie that she was shocked at the completed adaptation

    Ursula Le Guin; She hated the Sci Fi Channel adaptations of Earthsea that she wrote a lot of notes about it.

    Brian Garfield; He called Death Wish movie a bad movie

  12. You forgot the Tolkien family who not only hated all of the movies including the animated ones but also but screwed out of money by Peter jackson

  13. I know it's not the same as authors who hated movie adaptations, but sometimes script writers hate them too. Quentin Tarintino hates Natural Born Killers.

  14. Without watching I know number 1 is Stephen King and The Shining I wanted to see the others authors hated their adaptation

  15. 8:20 Gosh I Did Not Know Stephen King Hated The Shining Movie Too Be Adapt And That Horror Movie Did Actually Had Great Review's Though

  16. In the case of A Clockwork Orange, Burgess did think highly of it at first even though he didn't like that the ending was cut too short, but when Kubrick started to claim more credit for the story than Burgess then he became disillusioned with Kubrick, and eventually disowned the novel itself for what the public had turned it into: a celebration and glorification of violence and depravity rather than a pamphlet exploring the topic of free will.

  17. How the fuck do you not even mention Alan Moore's work??? He hated having his graphic novles turn into movies

  18. I honestly surprised "My Fair Lady"/"Pygmalion" wasn't mentioned. The musical had Eliza go back to Higgins, and this infuriated George Bernard Shaw wrote an epilogue for future printings of the original book (or rather, script in book form, which might disqualify it for the list, I don't know) where Eliza wrote to Higgins about her life with Freddie and her flower shop.

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