Children's books that shouldn't be made into movies...
This weekend I learned that there are some children's stories that don't fare well when converted in films, and that if I see a movie comming on TV that was a book I had read growing up, I'd better not call my daughter over to the TV and say, "Hey, watch this, this is gonna be a good movie."
This weekend's thrill ride was, "Matilda," originally written by Rauld Dahl. I guess the people in cinema figured that if Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory made a good movie, another popular children's book by the same author would do just as well.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! Goes the buzzer.
Rauld Daul is a good children's author, and Matilda was a good children's book that was appreciated by adults as well. It should be noted that some of Rauld Dahl's books contain dark undertones that work better when read and imagined, more so than when they're converted to actual cinematic reality, which makes them truely sick. Not getting what I'm saying? I'll list some of these items:
-The school's headmaster once threw a kid out a window. Simply reading that statement, isn't a big deal, but watching a kid get thrown out a window on TV pretty much makes my mouth hang agape in horror as I fall short for the words to explain to my daughter (who is nearing the age of 4) what is going on.
-The school's headmaster throw's Matilda into what appears to be an iron maiden. Spikes and all, again, I'm at a loss for word to try and explain, and upon the next commercial interuption I change the channel. Albeit, this film may be alright for kids of the age of 12, but not 4.
-I get the feeling, although it's not actually stated, that the school's headmaster killed her father and took his inheritance.
-Matilda lives with her abusive parents who punish her, and are pretty much against knowledge in general. Her father is a dirty used car salesman, her moth his unloving supporter. In one scene her father ripps a book from her hand, begins tearing it up, and then forces Matilda to watch TV with the rest of the family by holding her head still with his hands. Again, reading this in a book isn't all that bad, but watching it happen is quite abusive. Along with some other stuff, watching the family be dysfunctional is somewhat traumatic.
And so, I wonder if there are any other movies out there that have been made from children's stories that didn't carry over well. Any examples?