"What book-to-movie adaption have you most liked? Which have you disliked?"
I love this question! I love reading (obvi) and I studied film at college. I even did an independent study on film adaptation, because it is something that really interests me.
Favorite Film Adaptation: Harry Potter. Even though I didn't love the latest installment, the Harry Potter franchise has brought one of the most beloved series to life. They kept the magic and stayed true to the characters while at the same time making great movies. It struck the perfect balance for me of how to walk the line between making an awesome movie and not betraying your built in audience.
Least Favorite Film Adaptation: Percy Jackson. I felt betrayed. Aging Percy may have seemed like a good move to broaden the audience, but it made Percy annoyingly immature. Also, the removal of Kronos as the bad guy made the whole movie a little too melodramatic for my tastes. It was like Harry Potter if they decided not to include Voldemort.
And a bonus, because I love this topic so much... Adaptation I am most looking forward to: One for the Money. The adaptation of the first Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich has a great cast and some great source material. The only thing I'm worried about is that it has been turned into straight Rom-Com. We shall see.