15 Authors Who Hated the Movie Versions of Their Books

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Getting to watch your book come to life after you’ve spent years writing and publicizing it has got to be the most amazing feeling ever, right? Wrong! Although it must have been surreal to watch Harry, Ron, and Hermione at Hogwarts on the big screen, J.K. Rowling was hesitant to sign away the film rights to the Harry Potter series at first — even for 2 million bucks.

Sound insane to you? Just think about it this way! The odds of a movie or TV adaptation of a novel being even remotely close to what the author imagined in their head while writing is next to impossible. Giving over film rights is giving someone else control to change the book you’ve slaved over, a.k.a. your baby. Scenes could be cut, characters could be changed, and even whole plotlines erased!

So while some authors were big fans of their books on the big screen — think Harper Lee and Nicola Yoon — that’s not always the case. In fact, it is rarely the case. Just listen to what these writers had to say!