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7 Worst Film Adaptations (VIDEO)

First Posted: 08/03/11 10:23 AM ET   Updated: 10/03/11 06:12 AM ET

Two things can happen when Hollywood brings your favorite story to life on the silver screen: you can absolutely adore the adaptation and thank the filmmaking heavens for staying true to the words you so loved reading...or you could question how a book so good could be turned into something so bad.

With "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" having crossed the $1 billion mark this past weekend, we thought it would be fun to recognize those adaptations that didn't quite have Harry's magic touch. Here are some of the worst book to film adaptations.

Have any bad adaptations you think we missed? Let us know in the comments!

The Scarlet Letter
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Though the credits warn that this movie is "freely adapted from the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne," nothing can prepare you for just how "freely" director Ronald Joffe adapted this film. True fans of the classic will be disturbed by the absence of connectivity between the book and the film, and those who have never read the novel will probably never want to after seeing the movie.
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