It’s a slight exaggeration to say that there are no original ideas in Hollywood, but it is true that a significant portion of the movies that come out each year are literary adaptations. While it seems easy enough to turn a book into a movie given that there is already a preexisting story in place, books and film are two very different storytelling mediums and what works in one form doesn’t necessarily translate well to the other. For this reason, many authors elect to get involved in the adaptation process personally in order to make sure their work isn’t changed significantly in the transition from page to screen but no matter what, there will always be some authors who end up unhappy with the way their work has been adapted. Even though some of the following 11 movies are considered classics, the authors who originally wrote them view them in a much different light.
11. The Shining – Stephen King
As one of the most prolific and popular authors of the twentieth century, Stephen King has seen many of his works turned into various films and TV series over the years. Generally, King has no real issue with filmmakers adapting his work — in fact, he’s long had a policy of offering film students the chance to adapt any of his works not under contract for the low price of $1 US — and has praised adaptations like Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption. However, King has also taken issue with certain adaptations, including Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, which may come as a surprise given how critically-revered it is.
Though King regard’s Kubrick’s take on The Shining as a film with memorable imagery and one that has been deeply influential to the horror genre, he maintains that it is a poor adaptation and has criticized it for downplaying the novel’s supernatural elements and for Shelley Duvall’s performance, telling the BBC “She’s basically just there to scream and be stupid, and that’s not he woman that I wrote about.” So yes, technically King has never said that he hates Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining but it would be inaccurate to call him a fan either.