6 Terrible Movies Adapted From Books

There are several great movies that are adapted from books and they really do them justice. Unfortunately, over zealous directors can ruin books because they ruin it with the movies they make. This list consists of five movies we at FiWEH Life believe are the worse of the worse. There are several but we only choose the ones we recently watched.


Timeline (2003)
116 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, War|November 26, 2003
5.6Rating: 5.6 / 10 from 57,822 usersMetascore: 28PG-13
A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century.

Who would have thought that the guy from 300 could ruin the story from a good book. The details in the good made the adventure through to the past more exciting than what made it in the movie. I was excited to watch the movie after I read the book, but I was very disappointed by what I saw.

Divergent series

Divergent (2014)
139 min|Action, Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi|March 21, 2014
6.7Rating: 6.7 / 10 from 403,677 usersMetascore: 48PG-13
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.

After reading the book series, I was excited to see how the story would be interpreted on screen. I shouldn’t have been curious because that only led to more disappointment. The movies were very terrible the studio decided to abandon all plans to release the final part of the two part movie.

The Time Machine

The Time Machine (2002)
96 min|Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi|March 8, 2002
6.0Rating: 6.0 / 10 from 113,847 usersMetascore: 42PG-13
Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

H.G. Wells great time machine story was unique when it was published in 1895. The concepts of the future was something readers without modern technology were able to escape to. Unfortunately, the movie was something people wanted to escape from. It was an absolute bore, a do disservice to the classic story.

The Girl In The Spider’s Web

The Girl in the Spider's Web (2018)
115 min|Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller|November 9, 2018
6.1Rating: 6.1 / 10 from 31,999 usersMetascore: 43R
Young computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals and corrupt government officials.

After reading the first three books and also enjoying the Swedish version of the books which did a halfway decent job, I was enthusiastic about the latest change in the story. I read the book in three days and was somewhat impressed with the new author did with the characters. Unfortunately, the movie was a complete alternate universe version of what was in the book. There were scenes that did not exist in the book. It was very frustrating to watch because of the inconsistencies. The movie version of the characters were nothing like they were described in the book. After I got to the end, I demanded my time back.

Angels & Demons

Angels & Demons (2009)
138 min|Mystery, Thriller|May 15, 2009
6.7Rating: 6.7 / 10 from 256,018 usersMetascore: 48PG-13
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon works with a nuclear physicist to solve a murder and prevent a terrorist act against the Vatican during one of the significant events within the church.

Tom Hanks is not an actor that usually disappoint viewers, but this adaption of Dan Browns first book is an absolute bore and is nothing like the book. If you are interested in books by Dan Brown avoid the movies, they do not do them any justice.

The Da’Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code (2006)
149 min|Mystery, Thriller|May 19, 2006
6.6Rating: 6.6 / 10 from 376,618 usersMetascore: 46PG-13
A murder inside the Louvre, and clues in Da Vinci paintings, lead to the discovery of a religious mystery protected by a secret society for two thousand years, which could shake the foundations of Christianity.

For a book that offered several evidence of biblical contradiction, the movie reduced the revelations to fictional interpretations. They made the movie to be so far from the book, viewers won’t get the chance to question the religious concept because the most convincing information never made it to the movie. If you want to really learn about the catholic church watch the below documentary.

Zeitgeist (2007)
118 min|Documentary, History|June 1, 2007
8.1Rating: 8.1 / 10 from 46,793 usersMetascore: N/ANot Rated
Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

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Timothy Douglas
Timothy is a staff writer for FiWEH Life, providing commentaries on various topics relating to the Caribbean diaspora with the popular blog "Labba Mout". Timothy has been with FiWEH Life from the very beginning and continues to provide his commentaries on emerging issues.


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