Top 10 Movies Based On Books With the Least Similarity to the Book

The Top Ten

1 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

There were only two aspects of this movie that are also n the book the fact that food falls from the sky, and the fact that they escape the island when the falling food becomes too bad. Absolutely nothing else is similar

This should be number one. At least with HTTYD, the characters have the same names. With this, not even THAT is right. - LarkwingFlight

Get this to number 1, it practically just named itself after the book. - 445956

This is almost nothing like the book it's based on. - PerfectImpulseX

2 How to Train Your Dragon

The movie is amazing, but still not like the books at all. That isn't a particularly bad thing, as long as it's great! - Emberflight_of_StormClan

Love this movie but I haven't read the books

The movie SUUUCS!

3 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


Nothing like movie

It's different but not even close to the profanity that is httyd movie.

4 Eragon

The movie was awful, it had no relation to the book whatsoever and it was rushed. Iḿ stating my opinion, but other people may think it was good.

Eragon is good looking.
But I heard the books aren't very good so whatever.

I liked the movie and the names of the characters

5 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
6 The Cat in the Hat

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so creepy

Despite the edge, It is also a meme.

It is nothing like the book AT ALL!
Firstly, there is no portal to The Cat's world.
There is also a ton of adult jokes that was meant for The Grinch but Ron Howard cut it out. Read the book then watch the movie and you will see. No wonder it has only got 10% on Rotten Tomatoes!

7 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Greg and Rodrick never got along in the book. The movie, meanwhile, also takes it's plot from the THIRD book, rather than the second. - LarkwingFlight

Mostli based of of the book

8 World War Z

The book and the movie both have zombies, but that's the end of the similarity.

9 Pinocchio

Well yeah - iliekpiez

Trust me, it is not like the book

10 Ella Enchanted

There was a book?

The Contenders

11 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


12 Horrid Henry the Movie
13 The Lorax

Just to clarify, I kinda like this movie.

14 The Grinch
15 The Hunger Games
16 Garfield: The Movie

Well it's a comic strip

17 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

It's nothing like the book at all. Or the radio series. - PositronWildhawk

Agreed what happened to those joke and the ending was not at all like the book - Toucan

18 Mary Poppins

Well, it's still a great movie! Go see PhantomStrider's list of "Top 10 Best Disney Movies" for proof since this actually shows us innovation!

I believe P.L. Travers was very ticked off about it as well

19 The Tale of Despereaux

This movie made me mad even as a young child who loved the book. - LarkwingFlight

This movie BARELY relates to the book, other than the main story and the characters. Roscuro comes from a ship, there's a cat for some reason, Gregory doesn't die, now he's somehow Mig's dad, and Despereaux and Roscuro are friends.

20 Divergent
21 Bridge to Terabithia
22 Garfield Gets Real

Garfield Gets out of hand - SpectralOwl

23 Horton Hears a Who
24 Shrek

Have you seen what Shrek and Fiona look like on pictures from the picture book?

25 The Boss Baby

It's true, the movie only takes what's part of the book and adds in a weird dog fight plot into it because there is nearly no material that is in the book. It's just too bad that the movie put a cliched story into it, which makes it more annoying than what it could've been.

26 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
27 The Day of the Triffids

I hope someone does a high quality version of this as a movie some day, because at the moment, the book's the only way to get the original story. - PositronWildhawk

28 The Exorcist
29 I Am Legend
30 Hamlet 2
31 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
32 Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties

Like the original it is a comic strip not book

33 Garfield's Pet Force


34 Garfield's Funfest


35 Forrest Gump
36 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
37 The Little Mermaid
38 The Golden Compass
39 A Series of Unfortunate Events

I don't think people get that A Series of Unfortunate Events was supposed to be dark humour. At the time sadly people thought it would've been a Harry Potter rip off if Klaus was wearing glasses similar to Harry.

40 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The book just explains all of the magical beasts in the Harry Potter universe while the movie has an actual plot. Like, how different can you get? The only similarities are that some creatures were in there (ex. an Occamy, Thunderbird, and Erumpent) and Newt Scamander was involved in some way. Not complaining, of course.

41 The Neverending Story
42 Epic
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