Hey I kept thinking about this concept this morning so I decided we should make it into a list. We have all had the disappointment of reading a great book, getting excited about it being turned into movie, 6 months later we wait in line for the popcorn, simply to be let down by something that loosely resembles the paper turner that we just read. For example I am a huge Michael Crichton fan and when he was asked/paid to write a sequel to Jurassic Park, I was very excited. I enjoyed the book as much if not more than the first and was very excited about the movie. I remember being a bit nervous about it since the first movie ended very different from the first book, yet he adapted the second book so it could match either ending, however I didn't expect what I got. I am not going to it into the horrible detail I will simply state: My favorite MAIN character from the book evidentially wasn't important enough to be in the movie.
So lets make a list. Mine is The Lost World by Michael Crichton. Also please note, there will be many different classifications for this list. Here are some examples:
Movies that forget to include the plot.
Books that were suspenseful yet the suspense doesn't translate to the movie or a mystery that gives up the mystery before has built up enough to be excited. (Da Vinci Code)
Movies that create action scenes our of thin air. (War of the Worlds, I personally haven't read it but I have reliable source that tell me this is true.)
Great Sci Fi, Doesn't translate in 2 hours.
Last, the person that can name a great movie that was a terrible book gets 5 brownie points. (Don't forget if you get 25 brownie points the newest member of the book club is required to bake you brownies.)