The translation of a best-selling novel to film adaptation is not always an easy task. Hungry for ratings while making sure that only the essential stuff is packed in the movie, the original work is not always served with justice when it comes to making films. The following are the 15 movie adaptions which missed important stuff:
15. V For Vendetta (2005)
Call him a freedom fighter or an anarchist, V is one anti-hero that the moviegoers and comic book readers adore too much. Perhaps the finest character of Vertigo Comics, his 2006 political thriller movie V For Vendetta was based upon the graphic novel of the same name.
The movie made several changes from the novel with the most notable one being Inspector Finch finding out V’s plans by trying out LSD in a concentration camp while in the movie, the law-men sympathizes with the criminal and even helps him.
14. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
After President Abraham Lincoln leaves for Ford’s Theatre, the movie leaps forward to present time and ends right there. However, the novel Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had much more interesting to offer. After leaving for Ford’s Theatre, Lincoln is assassinated.
Unlike the movie, the novel leaps a century later where Henry Sturges and Lincoln attend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. The President did die but was resurrected as a vampire by Henry who believed that “some men are just too interesting to die”.
13. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The movie ends with Alex in a hospital being de-conditioned but there is more to the story in the novel written by Anthony Burgess.
The final chapter reveals that the sociopath was not really cured but became tired of his violent and reckless ways as he grew older. In fact, Alex desired to be a productive member of the society and start a family.
12. Fight Club (1999)
Directed by David Fincher, Fight Club ended with the narrator shooting through his cheek in order to kill Tyler Durden and sees the buildings collapsing while holding Marla Singer’s hand.
Nothing like that happens in the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk. After he shoots himself, the narrator wakes up in a hospital and sees the staff. They reveal themselves to be the members of Project Mayhem who are expecting Tyler to return.
11. Malcolm X (1992)
Directed by Spike Lee, the 1992 biographical film Malcolm X was a great presentation of the African-American human rights activist. Starring Denzel Washington as the title role, it was arguably his greatest performance ever.
Based upon The Autobiography of Malcolm X, the movie missed the part how the Muslim Minister took the underdog boxer Cassius Clay – who would later become Muhammad Ali and win the World Heavyweight Championship under his wing and convinced him to join the Nation of Islam.
10. The Avengers (2012)
Receiving critical acclaim and making a ton of money, The Avengers was an innovation in superhero movies as it teamed up some of the greatest Marvel Comics superhero of all time: Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow.
Believe it or not, not all of them were the first recruits of the superhero team in the comics as Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow were not in it. Ant-Man and Wasp were. Due to being overshadowed by the ones shown in the movie, Marvel Studios made the right choice to snub them from the team.
9. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Unlike the rest of the entries, The Silence of the Lambs is known for its great accuracy for its translation from novel to movie so why is it even in the list? Because of a slightly altered yet iconic quote said by Dr. Hannibal Lecter.
When Agent Clarice Starling visits the cannibal in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, Lecter states,
“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
However, Lecter never says chianti in the novel. Instead, he says Amarone.
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past(2014)
Beginning to stale, the X-Men franchise needed a savior and luckily, director Bryan Singer arrived to save the day and came up with an awesome film adaptation of the comic book storyline X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Wolverine goes in the past to confront familiar young mutants including arch-rivals Professor X and Magneto and convinces to work together in order to prevent the extinction of their species.
However, in the comic book, Wolverine never went back in time. Kitty Pryde did. So why was Hugh Jackman chosen to carry out the duties intended for Ellen Page? Probably because the muscular and dramatic Jackman can sell more tickets than the short and innocent Page.