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Put the book back on the shelf: adaptations the author wish never were made -part 1/3

Have you ever wondered how the authors feel towards the killing of their darlings? Here's 13 adaptations the authors wish were never made...

*13. Alan Moore, everything (2001-present)

There have been several adaptations of Alan Moore's comics, and there are likely to be a lot more. They vary in quality, but they have one thing in common: Moore has had nothing whatsoever to do with them. The man many consider to be the greatest living comics writer has always maintained that he wrote his stories specifically for the comics medium, and that any adaptation would be so different that he didn't want to be a part of it; now, he's asked for his name to be taken off any property he doesn't directly own, with the result that Watchmen bore the name of only its artist, Dave Gibbons, in the credits. Given his extremely public, extremely negative, comments about the movie versions of V for Vendetta and League, it's unlikely he'll ever change his mind about Hollywood.


*12. Erik Skjoldbjaergs mind-boggling adaptation of Elizabeth Wurtzel's memoir/mopefest Prozac Nation offers a scathing portrait of its subject as a deranged, self-absorbed monster. The film version of Wurtzel is pathologically egotistical, so it's no huge surprise that Wurtzel called the film "horrible." The rest of the world agreed.


*11. Robert Crumb, Fritz The Cat (1972)

Underground cartoonist Robert Crumb even at his boldest and brashest, is touchy about how his work gets interpreted. While the film makes an effort to ape Crumb's tone and the feel of his art, it separates Fritz from Crumb's cutting, loopy words. Crumb's work walks a fine line, but Bakshi's film quickly grows tawdry and tiresome.


*10. Winston Groom, Forrest Gump (1994)

It seems like any writer should be happy with an adaptation like Forrest Gump received. It set massive box-office records, caused sales of the book to skyrocket, worked its way into global culture, won tons of awards, and made piles of money. Sure, it took a few liberties with the book, but Groom's dismay over the movie was that Paramount and the film's producers failed to pay him a single penny. They even going so far as to make the absurd claim that the film lost money, so there was nothing to pay him- ( Tom Hanks netted more than $20 million). To add insult to injury, no one even mentioned Groom's name in any of the film's six Oscar-winner speeches. Groom had to sue to get anything at all, and it took years and a small fortune in legal costs; small wonder that the book's sequel, begins: Don't never let nobody make a movie of your life's story.


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