Hollywood film adaptations don’t always stick to book originals, like the Coen brothers’ Old Men Don’t Belong Here or most of the Harry Potter movies. Directors often change something, especially when it comes to complex, confusing, or rather long material (“The Lord of the Rings”). To make money, the filmmakers are trying to make a real Hollywood happy ending. It happens that this is even for the best, but not always.

IT (2017)

The book: Stephen King’s novel takes place in two timelines: in the 1950s and the 1980s when the characters are already quite adult. Perhaps the second part will be the basis for the continuation. Also, there is a children’s and a magical giant tortoise in the book that created the universe.

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

In the book: after the main events (the war, the road to Mordor, the destruction of the ring) for the poor hobbits, the battle is not over yet: they return to the Shire, but it turns out that Saruman and Cervaeus capture him. But the hobbits became quite cool guys, so they defeated all evil and, most likely, lived happily ever after.

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Fight Club (1999)

In the book: instead of happily watching the destruction of the city with Marlya, the narrator wakes up in the hospital, and all the doctors and nurses are participants in the project “Defeat.”

A Clockwork Orange (1972)

In the book: Alex is rehabilitated and becomes a respectable and law-abiding citizen. Anthony Burgess did not support Stanley Kubrick’s decision not to take this part because it is essential for the narrative and disclosure of the whole novel.

Rambo: First Blood (1982)

In the book: If the film had ended the same way as David Morrell’s novel, we wouldn’t have seen three more sequels. In the book, John Rambo dies, so the writers’ version for Sylvester Stallone’s career was the best.

Forrest Gump (1994)

In the book: Forrest goes into space, lives with cannibals, and has an active sex life! As we remember, Jenny is alive (in the movie, she dies, and the hero of Tom Hanks alone raises a son), but she and Forrest break up, so decide for yourself which ending is sadder.

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Watchmen (2009)

In the comics: Ozymandias destroys New York, but not in “classical” ways, but teleports a giant squid.

Jurassic Park (1993)

In the book: the characters do exactly what they should have done in such a situation – they blow up the whole island. And in the book, the characters of Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum die.

I’m a Legend (2007)

In the book: vampires recreated public order and imprisoned the hero Will Smith for his crimes (from their point of view, he really was wrong).


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