Novels have the ability to take us to fantastical lands as we follow our favourite characters on their adventures. However, many would prefer to curl up with a movie or their favourite TV show rather than turn to a book. With so many adaptations out there, it’s no surprise some did not get it quite right.
According to research conducted by The Book People, shared exclusively with Express.co.uk, one series of movies were particularly frustrating for fans of the books.
Fans of the Harry Potter series were pretty dismayed by their adaptations, with various of the movies appearing in the Top Seven of books which are better than their adaptations.
The worst of these movies is The Deathly Hallows Part 1, followed quickly by The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Half Blood Prince and The Goblet of Fire.
The longer list also contains Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as well as The Philosopher’s Stone, which was released in America as The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Young fans will remember the first movie, seeing a young Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint and Emma Watson enter the fantastical world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizadry.
Since these movies, the franchise has become a phenomenon, spawning theme park rides and attractions, spin off games, book and movies, the most famous being Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne.
The original books have also seen their continuation on stage, with two-part play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child wowing audiences and earning it a record breaking number of Olivier awards, bagging nine gongs along with six Tony awards.
The play also set the record for highest all-time weekly ticket sales of any play, earning more than £2 million at the Lyric Theater for the week ending December 30, 2018.
But it’s not just Harry Potter book fans who are displeased with certain adaptations.
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Return of the King is also in the list, despite Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King being an Oscar winner.
Of course, these movies are still highly rated as movies; fans are merely far more favourable to their source material.
Other authors rank higher than their works’ adaptations, with The Hate U Give, Lonesome Dove and children’s book The Gruffalo also appearing in the longer list of books better than their adaptations.
The Help, Fireproof and Wonder are also in this category, and unfortunately for Peter Jackson, so is The Two Towers, with fans believing JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel is the best.
Despite this, some adaptations have managed to beat their original in the rankings, with the movies rating very highly with fans.
One is the movie of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, known as The Shawshank Redemption, while the TV series Sherlock has beaten Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s source material in the hearts of fans.
One other adaptation which will come at no surprise to anyone is that Game of Thrones, the hit HBO series, has ranked higher than novels written by George R.R. Martin.
The TV series garnered a huge amount of praise in its 12 series run, starring Kit Harington as Jon Snow and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen.
This series is another to gain phenomenon status, and has truly launched the careers of its illustrious cast, earning Golden Globes and Emmys for Peter Dinklage and the cast as a whole.
It also holds the Emmy-award records for both most wins for a scripted television series, and for most nominations for a drama with 161 overall.
Clearly these series and movies won the hearts of book fans – but knowing the movie business it’s likely they will give the Harry Potter series another go with a reboot.