5 Romance Book Adaptations That Got Horribly Butchered, Ranked

5 Romance Book Adaptations That Got Horribly Butchered, Ranked
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Who doesn’t like to watch a good old romantic movie on a rainy day? Film directors, apparently.

Here are the five most terrible movie adaptations of book romances.

5. The Princess Diaries (2001)

Garry Marshall’s movie is awesome… if you haven’t read the actual novels by Meg Cabot. Mia and Michael’s book relationship is goals, and the film hasn’t done it any justice – movie Michael is a total letdown. Julie Andrews is perfection, but her portrayal of Queen Clarisse (who is not even supposed to be a queen, by the way) is nothing like the authentic character!

4. Paper Towns (2015)

Quentin and Margo’s chemistry in the book is downright electric, which is more than can be said about Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne’s on-screen spark – or rather the lack of it. The main characters fail to impress, and the story is changed too much (and not in a good way). After the hit that was The Fault In Our Stars, fans expected more from this John Green adaptation.

3. P.S. I Love You (2007)

Cecelia Ahern’s novel is a thoughtful story about love and loss, and the movie, starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, is anything but it. The film deviates from the book too much, the leads are nothing like the characters (and it feels as if they are not even trying to act), and the pacing is completely off in many key moments.

2. The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009)

We love Rachel McAdams as much as the next guy, but even her presence couldn’t save this movie from being a total disaster. The book tells a tale about a love that can survive anything, and the movie just fails to capture the touching story of Henry and Clare’s relationship.

1. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Sophie Kinsella’s saga is full of humor, laughter, and important messages. The movie adaptation doesn’t live up to any expectations viewers might have – it’s cringey and confusing at best. Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy are two amazing actors, but this film doesn’t allow them to showcase their talents (and their on-screen chemistry is pretty much non-existent).