20 best-selling books that weren't as acclaimed as film adaptations

Published: Saturday, May 26 2012 12:37 p.m. MDT

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"Bonfire of the Vanities" by Tom Wolfe was a bestseller and major commercial success when the book was released in 1987, telling a story of politics, greed and racism in New York City during the 1980s.

The movie, released in 1990, starring Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis and Melanie Griffith, was a flop prompting one critic to say, "[The] screenplay eviscerates Tom Wolfe's forceful work of social criticism of its moral meaning."
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Salt Lake City, UT

"Bicentennial Man" was a great movie! Loved it!

Orem, UT

Many good books are just not movie material. Books are meant to be read. Even if they are box office hits, I have a problem with turning every great book that comes along into a movie. Remember when people of all ages who were not "readers" were devouring 700-page Harry Potter books? People were turning into readers. That was a good thing, in my opinion, especially for children. I am often in the public schools. These days I see a few children reading Harry Potter. Most aren't interested because they've seen the movies. What a shame- they'll never have the same experience.

Dr. K
Salem, UT

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams was released in 1979 in the comedy science fiction and is a fictional guide for hitchhikers written in the style of an encyclopedia." Apart from being a weirdly worded sentence, it's either inaccurate or misleading. The book by Douglas Adams created a story line around a digital book of the same name. Adams's book was not "written in the style of an encyclopedia" but the book within the story was. And yes, the movie sucked. The Hitchhiker's Guide actually began as a BBC radio program and both the radio program and the books relied heavily on dry British verbal humor which struggled to translate to a visual medium.

Cedar Hills, UT

I must be a pretty good judge since I never saw any of these movies. Looks like I saved myself $8 and a bag of popcorn.Honestly I went to see the Avengers the other night with my wife (which I liked) and there wasn't one movie during the previews that I would pay to go see. Not one. I think there is about 1 in 500 movies that Holywood produces that is worth the $8 of admission. Most movies now days are just a bunch of violent, computer generated car chases and predictable uninteresting plots with a story line as shallow as a mud puddle. Holy cow what a bunch of garbage! I think over the past 10 years I could pick only a handful of movies worth watching....

my watch list...

1. Open Range
2. True Grit
3. Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol
4. War of the Worlds
5. We were soldiers
6. The Hunger Games
7. Vertical Limit
8. Harry Potter Series
9. Lord of the Rings Series
10. Napoleon Dino-mite

Durham, NC

A $217 million dollar disappointment? That and the number is completely wrong. According to the industry sites, Da Vinci Code took in $758,239,851 - and cost $125 million to make. By my math, that is a 5x return on investment. If I could only be so disappointed in my projects.

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