20 Controversial Film and TV Book Adaptations That Rankled Their Audiences and Authors

20 Controversial Film and TV Book Adaptations That Rankled Their Audiences and Authors
Editor’s Note: This article was published in May 2021 and has been updated accordingly.

We’ve all heard it before: the book was better. For the most part, it’s true. The best literary adaptations mine something newly cinematic from their source material; at worst, they’re so doggedly faithful to the text that the end result falls apart.

We’ve seen it on screens big and small. Last year, for one, neither was the case for Joe Wright’s Netflix thriller “The Woman in the Window,” a film that loop-de-looped through so many ups and downs, from uneasy test screenings and rewrites and re-shoots to a big-money handoff from now-defunct Fox 2000 to the cushy streamer, it never stood a chance of coming out the other end as anything less than mangled. The story of a boozy agoraphobic voyeur played by Amy Adams, the film was adapted from an already controversial pageturner by A.J. Finn,
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