Originally posted by FMF
For the [b]Good Book that was Adapted Well for the Screen category, I nominate One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
For the Good Book that was Adapted Badly for the Screen category, I nominate The Choirboys.[/b]
Good book adapted Badly: The Lord of the Rings. It was a magnificent, deeply rich book which launched a whole sub-genre, and they were quite exciting Standard Fantasy Fare films... which is a bad adaptation of the former.
Really, if they'd just shot the films, and left off the pretension that they are in any real way an adaptation of the Tolkien Middle-Earth univers, they'd have been fine. But no, they had to pretend that this battle-scene-focused, dwarf-tossing, admittedly pretty but no more than that schlock lives up to The Lord of the Rings. Well, it doesn't, not by a long shot. It's a different genre, really. It's Tolkien Epigone rather than Tolkien himself. It's a good adaptation of Feist, not of Tolkien.