There was no way, in fact, the movie would meet my lofty literary expectations. And it didn't. That brings me to my list of great books turned in to not so great movies. For a full Ender's Game movie review, follow the link.
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. I was supposed to read this book in high school but had no idea what it was about. If The Scarlet Letter movie starring Demi Moore had come out in 1983 instead of 1995, I would have watched the movie and still had no idea what the book was about. I read The Scarlet Letter again in college and loved it. I read it several times. I watched the movie in 1995. I realized about two minutes in that the movie wasn't very good. If you chose to watch the movie instead of reading the book, you may want to take a look at this Scarlet Letter Study Guide.
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini. I'll admit I never actually watched the movie. It was that bad. So bad, in fact, they didn't even make a sequel.
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I've read the Percy Jackson series twice. Nerds unite! I've even seen the movie twice. This movie, unlike the above two, is watchable and even mildly entertaining. It just so unnecessarily deviates from the story that it had to be put on this list.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There are about a million movies based on Mary Shelley's novel. The Frankensteins to which I refer as I make this list are not in reference to the old school horror films. It's not in reference to the one starring Robert DeNiro, which I hear was pretty bad, although I've never seen it. It's certainly not in reference to Young Frankenstein, one of the best movies ever made. I'm referring to the TBS version of Frankenstein that I decided to show to my class of 10th graders one fine spring day in 2006, without having previewed it (foolish!). I abruptly ended the movie when Victor and his fiancee started getting it on while picnicking. Not only was the scene anachronistic; it was completely not in line with the novel and could have potentially resulted in my job termination. TBS sucks! Here's my somewhat cynical study guide to Frankenstein, the novel.
- "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connel. This short story turned full length feature starring Fay Wray and other actors you've never heard of is so bad it's good. Remember the part in the short story when Sanger Rainsford's ship sinks and his entire crew is eaten by sharks? Me neither. But the scene from the movie makes for outstanding unintentional comedy. If you're a teacher and want a great study guide for "The Most Dangerous Game," I made one.