Books Gone Bad

I've said here many times that I really like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. Is it Pulitzer-worthy writing? No. But it is highly entertaining and fun, and I have laughed my way all the way through the books. So it's a shame that it didn't translate to the screen with the same entertainment value.
In fact, on Rotten Tomatoes, One for the Money received a 3% rating. How bad is that? Well it's worse than the most recent Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. Heck, even Gigli and Glitter received 6% ratings. Ouch.
You can nitpick whose fault that is (poor casting, Katherine Heigl's acting, bad directing, editing performed with a ham-fist), but there is one thing that really stood out to me – there are four screenwriters credited for the movie. Four? That must have made for some fun writers' meetings. Or did each one get fired before the next one stepped up? Either way, it's almost impossible to have four people write one project with one clear vision.
Isn't it sad when good books go bad onscreen? I'm thinking particularly of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, and The Other Boleyn Girl.
Fortunately, we also have good-to-great movie adaptations, like The Help, Hugo, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and the Harry Potter films.
There are some new movies scheduled for release, or that are filming now, that I hope don't disappoint me. Hunger Games will be out in March, and I really want that to be a great movie. Filming is beginning on The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (starring Kate Winslet), The Thin Man (starring Johnny Depp), The Night Circus, Wicked, The Graveyard Book, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Cross your fingers that they only have one screenwriter each.


  1. I didn't know they were making a Night Circus movie! That sounds awesome.
    I could write an additional rant on this subject about how video games based on movies usually turn out terrible. It would be interesting to see if they will ever make video games based on books (besides Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, since those were movies first). And we also have to consider movies based on comic books - those can either be pretty good or really bad. Very interesting how stories translate through different kinds of media!

    1. True! Should have said something about video games...