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


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  • Cleetorn Fuaamotu, Tonga
    Sept. 10, 2016 9:02 a.m.

    @ patriot -

    Are you serious? Of your 10 recommendations, only "Vertical Limit" and "Napoleon Dynamite" got part of their MPAA ratings for their "violence."

    And stop wasting your $8. Go to MegaPlex movies on Tuesdays when every seat in the house is $5 (including the IMAX 3D luxury seats that normally go for $16.25).

  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Sept. 10, 2016 4:22 a.m.

    Happen to feel that version on screen of The Musketeers is the best one made. We annually watch Christmas With The Kranks, know MANY other people who love the movie, and, while yes the book is different/better, this is a holiday classic. Bicentennial Man was a highlight of Robin Williams career; bomb? Why? And anything with Rachel McAdams is watchable; like this film.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    Sept. 9, 2016 11:08 p.m.

    Happily I have only watched a couple of these movies. However, the list should have only had one movie listed five or even ten times. Battlefield Earth is quite honestly the worst movie ever made. Some movies are so bad that they are good. They become cult classics. Not so with Battlefield Earth. It is just a really bad movie.

    The book is great and I have read it many times. Most of my kids have read it as well and all enjoyed it immensely.

    John Travolta should track down everyone that saw the movie at the theater and pay them back. He should also recall every print, DVD, VHS, or BluRay of it and have them burned and the ashes shot into space so they can never inflict anyone with even the ashes of it.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 29, 2012 3:57 p.m.

    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.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 29, 2012 12:22 p.m.

    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

  • Dr. K Salem, UT
    May 28, 2012 12:11 p.m.

    "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.

  • justhappytobehere Orem, UT
    May 28, 2012 9:47 a.m.

    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.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    May 27, 2012 11:36 p.m.

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