Although it is a great honor for authors with movie adaptations for their book, there are times when authors prefer not to have any of their books turned into the silver screen or TV show adaptations. It is not because they are snobbish or that they want a higher pay cut. It is just that they may not like the cast. At times, it may be because they don’t like the screenplay. Here is a list of authors who hate the movie of their books for one reason or another:
Currently, Stephen King has numerous books turned into film. There’s IT, which was released earlier this year. There are also the movie Cujo, The Shining, and a whole lot others. However, did you know that Stephen King is totally against Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining?
PL Travers is best known for her children’s book series, Mary Poppins. Of course, as a bestseller book, Disney felt that the series will also appeal as a movie. However, PL Travers was unimpressed with the final product as her iconic character Mary Poppins was turned into one that has an entirely different personality than that of what she had written in the book. Fun fact: she cried during the premiere of the Mary Poppins movie by Disney.
Roald Dahl is another one of those authors with movie adaptations. These books include Matilda, James the Giant Peach, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Although he doesn’t have any issues with the first two, he had a little disappointment with the movie adaptation of the third one. It seemed to him that the movie focused more on Willy Wonka. For Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory should have focused more on Charlie.
As the author of A Clockwork Orange, what Anthony Burgess want to say with the novel is redemption. However, Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of the said novel completely missed his point.
Interview with a Vampire is definitely Anne Rice’s most successful novel turned to movie. However, that is not the only movie adaptation of Rice’s books. There’s also Queen of the Damned. However, she was disappointed with Hollywood’s adaptation of the said novel as, according to her, it disrespected the book’s fanbase.
JD Salinger’s short story Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut became the base of the movie adaptation My Foolish Heart. JD Salinger was so disappointed with how the short story became a love story with a sappy ending instead of what he intended it to be. Because of his disappointment, he swore to never sell the movie rights of his book. Thus, this reclusive author’s work has never been adapted into the silver screen since then.
Bret Easton Ellis
American Psycho is one of the best books on the shelf. It talks about an average bank worker in the morning and a serial killer at night. Bret Easton Ellis wasn’t really satisfied with how the movie was adapted. Moreover, he thought that the movie shouldn’t have been directed by a woman as the book necessitates “a male’s gaze”.