Presque Isle, ME
I have to agree that movies made from books you read first almost never live up to your expectations. I do have one movie I saw first that was better than the book I read afterward, and that is First Wives Club.
As for movies that do not live up to the books, I know there are several, but a couple spring readily to mind:
Anne of Green Gables - There is an old black and white version out there that is absolutely horrendous. The TV series was better, but the sequel they made was awful, took several books from the series and mashed them together, and totally changed L. M. Montgomery's story around, even adding characters or re-naming them.
The Secret of NIMH (originally Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) - Sometimes turning books, even children's books, into animated features for children sugar-coats them beyond recognition. My daughter has the same quarrel with The Little Mermaid.
There are certainly others, and I agree with several of those mentioned above. Don't you hate that???
To love another person is to see the face of God.
- Les Miserables