Books and movies are completely different mediums. Where literature is a cerebral art form, movies are a purely visual one. As such the core of a novel can change when adapted to the big screen, much to the chagrin of fans and, sometimes, the authors themselves. For examples of writers who publicly spoke out against their famous film adaptations, here are 15 book-to-movie transitions that caused a vitriolic reaction from the original authors.
Most of us can agree that Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining ranks as one of the most unsettling movies ever made. Well, “most of us” not including the film’s author, Stephen King. King has said in interviews that, while Kubrick’s film is a dazzling work stylistically, it failed as an adaptation of his novel. Among the changes King was displeased with were Kubrick’s downplaying of the film’s haunted house plot. This, in turn, made protagonist Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) less likeable and removed the character’s transformation from frustrated writer to psychopath. Despite his belief the film failed, he has cited Kubrick’s direction as “dreadfully unsettling,” a sentiment most of us can get behind.