Here Are 12 Characters Who Changed Dramatically From Film To Book

Both cinema and books have amazing ways of bringing us to other worlds and possibilities; both provide us with unique experiences through their characters, and each does so in their own unique way. The book provides certain things and leaves room for imagination, but the film illustrates the exact details. It is important to pick an actor that looks like their book counterpart, but not all businesses notice that. Perhaps they're more concerned with the actor's abilities than their appearances. Well, but I wonder what will happen when the characters are adapted for the big screen.
If you have the same question as me, this post is for you. We have gathered 12 pictures to show the differences between an actor and their book counterpart. Let’s take a look. You don't know what you can find out!

#1 We’ve had many Sherlock Holmes but this adaptation might have been the furthest from what the books had portrayed the famous detective as.

Source: © Sherlock Holmes / Warner Bros. and co-producers

The choice of Robert Downey Jr. to play the most famous detective of all time was extremely strange. Physically, he is not like the literary character, who is described as being over 6 feet tall and so extraordinarily wiry that he gave the impression of being even taller.

#2 Alice was actually only 7-8 years old in the books.

Source: © Alice in Wonderland / Walt Disney Pictures and co-producers

It is assumed that Alice was a 7-year-old girl, but this is not verified. In Tim Burton’s adaptation, where she is played by Mia Wasikowska, Alice is portrayed as a 19-year-old woman.

#3 Rochester is supposed to be an ugly man but Fassbender is anything but.

Source: © Jane Eyre / Focus Features and co-producers

Edward Rochester is an unattractive man in Charlotte Brontë’s book. In fact, the author intentionally describes him that way to serve the purpose of her story. But in the 2011 film adaptation, Michael Fassbender didn’t have a stern face or bushy eyebrows. In fact, he is anything but unattractive.

#4 I am not knocking Kenneth’s looks but Lockhart was supposed to be a bit thinner, younger, and handsome.

Source: © Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros. and co-producers

Of course, Kenneth Branagh’s acting skills in “Harry Potter” are pretty good. But perhaps we imagined a younger actor for the role, someone a bit more “attractive” and true to the book’s description.

#5 If you mix the clown from both of the adaptations, only then do you get the perfect Pennywise depicted in the books.

Source: © It / Green/Epstein Productions and co-producers, © It / New Line Cinema and co-producers

Stephen King skillfully created this character who dresses in an entirely silver suit with orange buttons and bears a white skin tone. In the television adaptation, he is seen as a bald, white-faced clown with a crown of red hair around his head who has orange buttons, gloves, and a full-body yellow suit; he also occasionally carries balloons in his hand. In the film adaptation, he wears an old silver Victorian clown costume with white lace cuffs, pom-poms, and red thread embroidery adorning his attire.

#6 Lawrence has become a household name because of Hunger Games but according to the books she should have been a wiry 16-year-old.

Source: © The Hunger Games / Lionsgate and co-producer

In the film, actress Jennifer Lawrence does not portray the 16-year-old girl with a much thinner body due to food shortages and short stature.

#7 Daniel Craig has cemented his place in people's hearts because of his role as James Bond but that doesn’t mean he looks like the character.

Source: © Casino Royale / Columbia Pictures and co-producers

Undoubtedly, Daniel Craig elevated the character of James Bond to his most human and sentimental side. But the truth is that Craig and the character created by Ian Fleming are nothing alike. The author had always described Bond as a man who was 5’9″ with long hair falling over his forehead.

#8 Elsa was changed from a villain to a hero but her origins come from the Ice Queen.

Source: © Frozen / Walt Disney Pictures and co-producer

In Hans Christian Andersen’s original tale, the queen is depicted as a living ice queen dressed in white and shrouded in sparkles, while in the adaptation, we see her as human.

#9 Saoirse is a far cry from her book counterpart who is supposed to be 15 years old with grey eyes and light brown hair.

Source: © Little Women / Columbia Pictures and co-producers

In the book “Little Women”, Jo March stands out with her 15 years of age and her light brown hair and gray eyes. But apparently, in the 2019 adaptation, they overlooked those features when casting Saoirse Ronan.

#10 Woodly played the role of Tris well enough but her appearance was nothing like the blonde, blue-eyed girl in the books.

Source: © Divergent / Summit Entertainment and co-producer

In the film, actress Jennifer Lawrence does not portray the 16-year-old girl with a much thinner body due to food shortages and short stature.

#11 Stone was flawless in the role of Skeeter but she was a far cry from being a skinny, tall woman with a crooked nose.

Source: © The Help / Dreamworks Pictures and co-producers

Emma Stone surprised everyone with her performance in “The Help”, although her appearance was far from identical to that of the book, where Skeeter was described as a tall, scrawny woman with a crooked nose.

#12 We have seen Dracula grace our screens many times but not even one adaptation has stayed true to the original book.

Source: © Dracula / Universal Pictures

Although Bela Lugosi is very attractive and gallant, his characterization is nothing like the one in the book, which presents the monster as a “tall, clean-shaven old man, except for a long white mustache, and dressed in black from head to toe, without a single spot of color anywhere.”
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