Every year, Hollywood mines literature for the big screen, and inevitably, the movies that changed the ending of the book end up generating the most discussion. Whether they're purist fans who want to see their favorite obscure moments or critics who think it's wise to tone down dark moments from the source materials, everyone tends to fixate on what's different.
It's not uncommon for a movie to change or ignore the ending of the book - sometimes quite dramatically. These changes are made for a variety of reasons - for example, if the book has a tragic ending, the filmmaker or studio might want the movie to have, if not a completely happy ending, at least a more hopeful one. Or the filmmaker might change the entire tone of the original story – as Stanley Kubrick did with the film Dr. Strangelove - so the ending needs to be changed in order to fit the rest of the movie.
Below is a list of some movies based on books that ignored the ending found in the original source material. Which ones do you think stray the furthest from the book?
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