Other flops include Memoirs of a Geisha (probably because the book was so popular to begin with!) and the disastrous My Sister's Keeper. The film version of the fantastic Jodi Picoult book got so many complaints from her fans that she had to put a link to the producers website on her own site to say that she did not authorise the ending change (they kill the wrong person!) and if you wanted to make a complaint it should be with them not her.
However, there are a few exceptions that I can think of - though the film never surpasses the book it is on a par with it by staying true to the original.
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (though the end is changed slightly, the point of the book is not lost and the end works well in the film version).
- To Kill a Mockingbird (both phenomenal!)
- Battle Royale (both versions are in my top 10!). Highly recommend!!!
- Shawshank Redemption (the book was short so perhaps this explains why they were able to pull it off).
- The Godfather (haven't actually read this but my sis has and she said it was just as good as the film).
So what do you think? Can a film ever really do a book justice or should some books just be left well alone?