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Worst Adaptation…Ever

I have never been so disappointed in my life by a movie adaptation of a book than when I saw the movie of Eragon (2006). The first part of my favourite series of books by the genius that is Christopher Paolini. Since the director was changed for the third installation of the Harry Potter series I have always been quite sceptical about film adaptations of books. I remember the excitement I had when I first to see “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (2001) and I was not disappointed with either the first film or the second. However when I went to see “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), I noticed a dramatic change in the whole look of the film. The costume designs were totally different, all the props were given this “used” look, and the whole atmosphere had changed. Even though the books are great, I found myself loosing interesting in the film adaptations until the point that I now have no idea which book has been the latest adaptation into film.

Part of me had this scepticism, yet part of me was hopeful that the Eragon film would be great and so would the sequels. Unfortunately my sceptic side was right, most of the dialogue sounds like rip-off dialogue from “The Lord of the Rings” and the storyline has become unrecognisable. I was especially disappointed in the characters; no effort was given to even make a difference between the different humanoid races. The elves had no pointy ears and the dwarves (who play a quite important role in all the books) were completely non existent!

Since the film did so badly any chances of a sequel have been eliminated. I was really glad to hear this news; I couldn’t bear to see another great book insulted by another crappy adaptation.

Bibliography

Eragon. (n.d.). Retrieved from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449010/

IMDB. (n.d.). Retrieved from IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=harry+potter