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10 Authors Who Hated Their Movie Adaptation

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These authors hated the movies based on their famous novels

From Rick Riordan’s unbridled hatred of the Percy Jackson films to the notorious battle between Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick, film history is rich with authorial anger when it comes to the journey from page to screen. In this video we dive into ten examples of comic book writers and novelists who looked at what famous directors did with their work and felt just a bit slighted — or, if it’s Alan Moore, just kinda felt that way to begin with. Many of these authors were used to Hollywood damaging their good name — Clive Barker sat through a bunch of Hellraiser sequels before directing his ire at one in particular, while crime novelist James Ellroy couldn’t be bothered to really enjoy a single movie based on his work. Shockingly, even some of the most beloved films, like Disney’s Mary Poppins and the Gene Wilder classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory received a cold reception from their respective creators. It’s tough out there for an opinionated artist! We haven’t forgotten about the anime fans in the audience either, although the response from Katsuhiro Otomo is far more tame and understanding compared to writers like Lois Duncan, whose comments make it seem like she was personally attacked by the slasher film take on her YA novel… and you know what, she might not be wrong about that!

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