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    Authors Who Hated The Film Adaptation

    Forrest Gump swept away the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, and is likely to be regarded as director Robert Zemeckis' magnum opus.

    The author, Winston Groom, hated it. 

    He was unsatisfied with the tone, narration, and inconsistencies in the film. He also wanted to cast John Goodman as Forrest, in lieu of Tom Hanks. In an interview, he recalls that Al Pacino and Dustin Hoffman had also expressed interest in the book. 

    The movie was one of the fastest grossing films of all time, surpassing $300 million in box office, but Paramount claimed they lost money. The author said he never received a single penny from the studio. 

    In the sequel to Forrest Gump, on the very first page, Forrest tells readers: "Don't ever let nobody make a movie of your life's story."

    Stephen King thought the adaptation of The Shining was "extremely cold".

    He accused director Stanley Kubrick of misinterpreting Wendy Torrance's character, portrayed by Shelley Duvall. Wendy was supposed to be "one of the most misogynistic characters ever put on film. And that's not the woman I wrote about." 

    He also thought that Jack Nicholson wasn't right for the role, and he would have filmed The Shining to be more faithful to the semi-autobiographical book. Much like Jack Torrance, King also suffered from alcoholism, addiction, and anger issues towards his children.

    I was surprised to find that Stephen King hated the adaptation. Kubrick certainly has a unique way of telling his version of the story, and I vividly remember being shocked and amazed as I watched the film.

    On the other hand, I thought the book wasn't nearly as scary or emotional and dare I say–slightly boring towards the middle.

    Can you believe that Ken Kesey didn't like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    It's one of three films to have ever received all of the Big Five Academy Awards. Despite this, Kesey claimed to have never even seen the movie. 

    Kesey was unhappy about giving the role to Jack Nicholson instead of Gene Hackman and disappointed with the lack of narration in the film–the book is narrated by Chief Bromden, a deaf and mute Native American. 

    Despite the author's disappointments, the movie helped popularize his book to many new readers.

    by Mariam Nizharadze
    November 20