Not all of our favorite books get the Hollywood fairytale they deserve. Thankfully, Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series is getting a second lease on life as a TV show even though the first incarnation of her story failed at the box office. Which books do you believe could have made excellent movies, but unfortunately didn’t translate well to screen?
1. I Am Number Four
This movie had so much potential. Personally, I thought it was excellent and it is what led me to read the books (which are even better). The casting was awesome, it was action packed, and the storyline was great. Unfortunately, it didn’t do well enough in the box office to be brought back for a second film. I think this is due to the fact that the movie came out so soon after the book release, and the fanbase wasn’t big enough yet.
2. Percy Jackson
I think we are all on board here when I say that I am happy that they stopped with the second film. The movies themselves weren’t bad, but as adaptions they were atrocious. They completely strayed from the plot of the story. I mean, what was with Kronos appearing in the second film?! That should never have happened, ever.
3. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
City of Bones was hugely anticipated, but did not do well as a movie. They got the gist of the story in this adaption, but they still made a lot of changes that alienated readers. The Shadowhunter world is fairly complex, and it was not explained well in the movie, leading to a lot of confusion and a poorly constructed world. Not to mention the movie was pretty cheesy. This book, however, is being given something that most other failed adaptions do not get and that is a second chance. Here’s to hoping that ABC Family’s Shadowhunters television show does the beloved Mortal Instruments justice on the small screen!
Eragon is a beloved series involving dragons and a magical land, which was written by Christopher Paolini when he was only 15 (he’s a Guinness World Record holder as the youngest author of a bestselling book series). Naturally, fans were hugely excited when the film was adapted into a movie…but then, they were gravely disappointed in the resulting adaptation. It was the 10th worst reviewed film of 2006 on Rotten Tomatoes, many calling it “derivative,” “unimaginative,” and “silly.”
5. The Host
Stephenie Meyer’s The Host was a welcome departure from her Twilight novels, and has quite a fanbase of it’s own. When Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan joined the film in the leading role, fans were hopeful. However, the movie opened to poor reviews and box office receipts, many citing the clunky use of voiceover as the culprit of the film’s failure.
6. Vampire Academy
This blood-sucking vampire tale by Richelle Mead had legions of fans, and the movie had director/writer duo behind Mean Girls. How did it fail? It came across as an overly self aware Twilight reboot trying to be Mean Girls 2.0. but without the soul – resulting in something that seemed like a low budget, teen B-movie, without any evidence of the awesome actors and writers behind it. It took an awesome series of books and turned it into something frivolous and unrecognizable, crushing fans everywhere.
Let’s take a moment to remember our beloved books that never got their chance to shine on the big screen.
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