10 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

It’s very annoying when you read an excellent book, and then you watch it’s movie, and it doesn’t live up to your expectations. There are so many important details that the film misses, it seems as if it’s an entirely different story.

However, it turns out; even some authors don’t appreciate it when their books get turned into horrible movies. Here are some you might know:


#1 Clive Cussler – Sahara

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Dirk Pitt’s movies were almost bad luck, especially for the author Clive Cussler. Clive Cussler’s tales included Dirk Pitt involved in a cult, and the movies didn’t have that. 2005’s Sahara, starring Penélope Cruz and Matthew McConaughey, was the biggest of all the failures.

The movie failed terribly at the box office, making a revenue of just $68 million to cover a cost of $145 million on production. When the author sued the producers for lack of control over the script as they previously agreed on, the author lost the case and had to pay $13.9 million of legal fees for the production company.

I guess the writer won’t be walking down that road again.


#2 Ronald Dahl – Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory

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The author had very straightforward views on the movie Charlie And The Chocolate Factory. He thought that the film was “crummy” and that the director had “no talent or flair.” He also didn’t fancy Gene Wilder’s Willy Wonka and thought he was “pretentious” and “bouncy”, which is why you didn’t get to see the sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator.


#3 J.D Salinger – My Foolish Heart

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J.D Salinger was very proud of his story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, so he allowed the producers to make a movie out of it. They renamed it to “My Foolish Heart.”

However, he was very frustrated that his book was transformed into a cheesy love story. So he didn’t let anyone ruin Catcher in the Rye or Franny and Zooey.


#4 Stephen King – The Shining

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The Shining was favourited by a lot of people, excluding the author. Stephen King was very outspoken in his criticisms. “I’d admired Kubrick for a long time and had great expectations for the project, but I was deeply disappointed in the end result. Kubrick just couldn’t grasp the sheer inhuman evil of The Overlook Hotel. So he looked, instead, for evil in the characters and made the film into a domestic tragedy with only vaguely supernatural overtones. That was the basic flaw: because he couldn’t believe, he couldn’t make the film believable to others.”

He also used the words “a big, beautiful Cadillac with no engine inside it” for the movie.


#5 Winston Groom – Forrest Gump


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Winston Groom was very frustrated over the fact that the producers left out some major lots of the story, so he let out his anger using the sequel. He started with the sentences, “Don’t never let nobody make a movie of your life’s story,” and “Whether they get it right or wrong, it don’t matter.”

He was also very insulted by the fact none of the cast and crew members mentioned his name in the six Academy Award acceptance speeches. He didn’t receive the 3% net profit as the producers claimed that they hadn’t made any gains as the expenses covered all of the profit.

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