Cringeworthy Book-to-Movie Adaptations That Must (In My Humble Opinion) Be Wiped Off Of The Face Of The Earth

Let me get this out of the way: I love it when my favorite books are made into movies. 

I know, I know… but then why would I make a post about “worst” book to movie adaptions? Why not all the really good ones? Because I’m a very salty person

I’m sorry, guys, but I need to get this out. I just watched Percy Jackson & The Olympians last weekend and… *shudders*

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The Office gifs work for everything, I swear

Staring at the new movie covers, it’s hard not to be at least a little bit nervous. I understand the trepidation all readers feel, wondering whether or not the movie will completely butcher one of their favorite characters, or cut out one important scene from the book.

At the same time, though, I understand that the directors often take massive creative liberties, and I’m perfectly fine with that. (Usually.)

Sometimes, straying away from the plot makes a better movie!

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And some of the movies turn out absolutely fabulous! Think The Hunger Games (arguably), Coraline, and of course, Harry Potter. Movies that might not necessarily always stick to the book, but still leave you with a general sense of peace and satisfaction.

But then there are the movie adaptions that COMPLETELY RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU. Movies that need to be wiped off of the face of the Earth- no, the entire UNIVERSE. Movies that make you stare up at the face of the sky in despair and cry out, “WHY DOES ANNABETH HAVE BROWN HAIR??!!!”

Just kidding, hair color isn’t that important… but seriously, why.

(It’s like making Ron Weasley have black hair. Or turning Harry Potter’s lightning scar into one shaped like a flowerpot. YOU JUST DON’T DO IT.)

Short obligatory disclaimer: Of course, like everything else, this is all a matter of personal taste. It would be impossible for everyone to have the same opinions- that would be wayyyyy easier, of course, but also no fun at all.

So, in conclusion, if you absolutely loved these movies, that’s amazing. I envy you. I really do.

I wish I wasn’t so bitter that I would feel compelled to write an entire judgmental post about all of the movies I hate.

Now, I shall prepare to spread the negativity. ❤

1. Percy Jackson & The Olympians

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I take this as a personal offense. How DARE they destroy one of my favorite childhood books. The nerve of them. The sheer audacity.

To be honest, I probably would have enjoyed this movie more if I hadn’t read the books first. So much of its magic got cut out, which made me really question whether or not the people in charge of the film actually read the book.

They could have made this franchise into the next Harry Potter, but alas, they tried to condense it all into two ridiculous, what-in-the-actual-world-badly-paced movies.

Apparently even Rick Riordan roasted his own movie. I don’t blame him.

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sad but true, this movie is the equivalent of a moldy sandwich


  • Alexandra Daddario
  • Alexandra Daddario
  • I LOVE Alexandra Daddario
  • Nothing else, really


  • I’m not really sure what age group this was marketed towards because the main characters are all in their 20s (despite them supposedly being middle schoolers/high schoolers)
  • You know, it would be cool to actually stick to the storyline at least a little bit instead of making the movie revolve around some weird “pearls” the trio have to find
  • @ the director: Did we even read the same books….?? I’m genuinely confused
  • Seriously, this had so much potential

2. Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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Please don’t come at me on this, but I absolutely HATED the movie. Never have I ever been so, so crushingly disappointed.

I haven’t watched the Shadowhunters show yet, and I don’t plan to, but I can already assure you already that it will probably be 1000x better than this movie. It’s difficult to beat on terms of terrible-ness.

I WANT MY MONEY BACK. I could have bought three bobas with all those dolla bills I wasted on a movie ticket.


  • I really liked the cast! I’m pretty sure I can slice apples with Jamie Campbell Bower’s cheekbones. Also, I have a massive girl crush on Lily Collins *heart eyes*
  • Seriously, though, I feel like I watched this movie partly just to see Lily Collins
  • I would have fun watching her watch paint dry
  • In all honesty, that would probably have been more enjoyable than watching this travesty that you call a movie


  • Awkward writing, rushed ending
  • The “visuals” felt like a rip-off of every single cheesy horror movie monster combined into one massive special effect animation
  • I didn’t realize how laughable the love triangle was until I saw it in the movie
  • Such cringe
  • Most importantly, Simon didn’t turn into a rat
  • I mean, what’s the point of watching the movie if Simon isn’t going to turn into a rat??

3. Alice in Wonderland

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I’m only going to say one thing: Lewis Caroll is probably rolling in her grave.


  • I have to give them this: I could totally see Tim Burton’s influence
  • Nice surrealist imagery- the special effects all had a dream-like yet slightly creepy feel to it


  • First of all, why are Alice and the Mad Hatter involved in some kind of disturbing romantic relationship?? Is it even a romantic relationship? NO I AM NOT HERE FOR THIS AT ALL. It deeply concerns me
  • Stop ruining my childhood now I’m imagining Alice and the Mad Hatter getting it on and it makes me want to puke
  • Also, WHY WOULD YOU CHOP OF PEOPLE’S HEADS IN A DISNEY MOVIE? I get that this is Alice in Wonderland, but…. really? This is rated PG?
  • I mean, since when is decapitation “PG”
  • Laughable “epic” battle scene (I put quotation marks around this because the scene was not epic in any way)
  • Alice undergoes no character development whatsoever. She’s like a piece of bland untoasted bread. No, not just UNTOASTED, she’s like frozen bread that was set out on the kitchen counter to defrost, but even when it warms up the texture stays all stiff and dry, plus the bread itself tastes like the contents of your fridge
  • To this day, I’m still quite bamboozled by this movie. Was Alice high the entire time, or… what?
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me @ whoever thought this movie was a good idea

4. Tales of Unfortunate Events aka The Movie That Must Not Be Named

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I’m sorry, what movie again? *innocent smile*

You know, now that I think about it, I want to applaud this movie, because it must take some serious SKILL and EFFORT to so completely annihilate a book.

Anyways, I respect all of these directors for putting in the time to create movies (which I could NEVER EVER do), even if I ended up kind of really really disliking them.

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Okay, I’m finally done! *deep breath* This post was so incredibly negative. I promise I’m not this much of a downer in real life. (I mean… I hope I’m not, anyways.) 😀

I’m deeply sorry that you had to slog through all this bitterness, and if you somehow did, congratulations!! You deserve a pat on the back. And 1000 cups of boba.

I’m out. ❤




46 thoughts on “Cringeworthy Book-to-Movie Adaptations That Must (In My Humble Opinion) Be Wiped Off Of The Face Of The Earth

  1. OMG I totally agree with your opinions on the first two, they were cringe-inducing. I haven’t started watching the TV show yet, but I’ve heard it’s a lot better than the movie!

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      And yes, I’ve heard the Shadowhunters TV show (and the Tales of Unfortunate Events one) is much, much better!! I’ve watched a couple of snippets– mainly just for MALEC haha– and it seems pretty cool. Way cooler than the movie, anyways XD

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  2. Hannah, you’re seriously too funny. Like, you’re just hilarious in the way you talk about things. I totally get the way you feel about these movies, even as I haven’t watched most of them. We’ll complain together! 😀 Girl Power! 🤜🏻🤛🏽

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    • HAHAHA YES LET’S COMPLAIN TOGETHER. Complaining is so fun and relaxing :^))))))

      and awwww thank you! ❤ *sends millions of hearts* I don't think my rant made much sense, tbh, it was just me vomiting up my endless salt in word-form

      (Seriously though, I would highly recommend staying away from these movies… trust me it was the worst mistake of my life)

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  3. Jaime Campbell Bower’s cheekbones. 11/10. He’d give Akile Hatun a run for her money. It really bugged me that in PJ2 they tried to die Annabeth’s hair blond, but it ended up just being a bad highlight job mostly.

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    • I know, it bugged me so so much?? Blonde hair isn’t that hard to find in the world!! There’s a lot of actresses with blonde hair!!

      I don’t think I have it in me to finish watching the second movie…. I can’t, I just can’t

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  4. I didn’t see Mortal Instruments but did watch some of the show… opposite Problem… the casting is ugh to me… Gah! Percy Jackson movies WERE. NOT. GOOD. Even as far as movies go so flaccid! It’s as if they thought oh it’s for kids they’ll eat it up not realizing that duh, most of those kids are young adults now! Alice in Wonderland ought to spend time in the box of shame! Haaha! You gave such a lovely blogging voice, great post, I so agree! Loved… “I’m imagining Alice and the Mad Hatter getting it on” that is so sick, now I am too! 🤢

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    • Ahhh thank you so much!! ❤ But it's so true, though… honestly, the Percy Jackson movies could have been soooo much better if the director just stuck to at least the BASIC OUTLINE of the book instead of going off on some weird tangent

      Oh, and don't even get me started on Alice in Wonderland… *cringes* SERIOUSLY what was up with Alice and the Mad Hatter though???!!

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  5. This is a really fun post! I haven’t seen *any* of these movies, but I *have* heard terrible things about them all. I just don’t get it– why must you destroy books like this? And combining a bunch of books into a single film can totally be done– but, I just don’t know if it will ever be good. We’ll see what happens with The Dark Tower. That’s a LOT of book to be in one film.

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  6. Personally I haven’t seen any of these movies (I didn’t even know that The Series of Unfortunate Events was a movie! I grew up reading that series! Now at least I know not to watch it haha…) but I know what you mean regarding book to movie adaptations. Sometimes I wonder if I would enjoy the movie if I haven’t read the book, because I wouldn’t have any preconceived notions about how I want the movie to be like. One example is The Martian- the movie got amazing reviews and all my friends who haven’t read the book loved it, but I was disappointed because they edited out one of my favorite subplots in the book and it’s just so…. different. Rant over 🙂

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    • Yes, I would highly recommend that you stay as far away from these movies as possible. ((((:

      I know that obviously the book to movie adaption won’t turn out exactly the way readers want it to, but sometimes it’s so *different* that it hardly resembles the original book!!! Especially if your fave character/subplot is completely taken out. But if you’re going to drastically change the plot, at least do it WELL omg.

      and same. rant over :”’)

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  7. LOL, I was lucky enough to watch Percy Jackson before reading the book. And so, I enjoyed the movie, as silly as it was. But after reading the book, I can now see how the movie could have been really frustrating to Percy Jackson fans haha. I mean, they changed EVERYTHING. I absolutely despised The Mortal Instruments film. So I’m with you there. The only good thing about it was the casting of Lily Collins as Clary and Robert Sheehan as Simon. I’m not so hot on Jamie Bower, but he got Jace’s swagger right, at least. Hated Alice in Wonderland. Could have definitely done without that horrendous movie. I’m actually fond of the Unfortunate Events movie. I loved Jim Carey as Olaf and the casting was pretty great for the children. I was just bothered they crammed three books into one movie 😦

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    • I’m so jealous, I wish I had enjoyed the movie too :’) apparently I’m too #bitter of a person to appreciate these things :”)) =

      And The Mortal Instruments… don’t even get me started, UGH. I hear the show adaptation is better, but I’m still shaken from the terrible-ness that was this movie 😛 On the plus side: I ALSO LOVED THE CAST.

      I wonder who even got that Alice in Wonderland movie approved?? (oh my god I’m such a hater AHAHAHA) and YES I think one of my pet peeves for the Unfortunate Events movie was that they attempted to stuff all three books into one movie. Like, why not just extend it into a series of movies…?

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      • LOL, that’s all right. Sometimes, you can’t make an exception to some movies haha

        Yeah, I haven’t given the show a shot. I think I’ll just stick with the books from now on haha. But yeah, the casting for the movie was mostly on point 😀 I actually really loved Godfrey Gao as Magnus, too!

        I agree. That Alice movie was one of the worst things I’ve seen in a while. AND THEY MADE ANOTHER ONE! I didn’t even bother with that one haha. And yeah, they could have made that movie into a series of movies, but nope! Didn’t really take the time to do it. But honestly, I think the book series translates better as a TV series than a movie 🙂

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      • OH MY GOD I HEARD ABOUT THE ALICE SEQUEL. needless to say, I will stay as faaaarrrrrr away from that movie as possible.

        and that’s true!! I’ve heard way more positive feedback about book-to-TV-show adaptations. I think it’s because the show writers have more time to work with, and they don’t have to cut out as many scenes. I might actually watch the Shadowhunter one soon!! 😀

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      • Yeah. I wish there were more TV adaptations of YA books, especially those in the fantasy and sci-fi genres. Maybe one day I’ll check out the Shadowhunters show, but I think I might wait to see what other book they turn into TV and give that one a go!

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      • It definitely is a trend, mostly for comics and adult fiction, though. YAs are still on the rise, so I’m excited to see which book they’ll choose next to adapt. *Fingers crossed that the next series will be amazing!*

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