How 10 Literary Characters Would Look If They Their Screen Versions 100% Matched The Idea Of The Author

When you take an incredible novel and put it on the big screen, there can be a lot of inconsistencies. While many film adaptations of popular books try to remain faithful to their source material, others take creative liberties by changing the setting, altering relationships, cutting out entire storylines, and eliminating key characters.
There is nothing more disappointing than watching your favorite book characters look and act differently in the movies. Today we are talking about book and movie differences. This includes characters and their adaptations. Books and movies are wildly different, so filmmakers often make significant changes to the appearance of the main characters. So these characters may not be exactly as you imagined them when reading the book.
This post will show you what 10 characters of famous books would look like if their screen versions 100% matched the idea of the author. No matter how different they may look compared to the original characters, each of them tries their best to pull off an incredible performance in bringing the book characters to life.

#1 Jo, "Little Women"

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Saoirse Ronan played Louisa May Alcott in the last version of "Little Women." In the book, the character is dark-skinned, very tall, and thin. However, except for having pale skin, the rest of the description matches Saoirse's appearance well.

#2 Natasha Rostova, "War and Peace"

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In "War and Peace", Leo Tolstoy described Natasha as "the black-eyed girl with a large mouth, not pretty, but vivacious with her childlike open shoulders that slipped out of her corset from running, with black curls that had blown back, thin bared arms, and little feet in lace pantalettes and open shoes, was in that charming stage when a girl is already not a child, but a child is not yet a maiden." And you can see how different Lily James and Natasha Rostova are.

#3 Hermione, "Harry Potter"

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Hermione from the book is a girl with bushy brown hair and rather large front teeth. Initially, JK Rowling depicted Hermione as an "ugly duckling," but eventually the role was played by the attractive Emma Watson.

#4 Petunia Dursley, "Harry Potter"

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Harry Potter’s aunt, Petunia Dursley, turned from a slim blonde woman with a long neck and an "almost horse-like" face into a dark-haired woman with a fit body and a normal neck in the screen adaptation.

#5 Bella, "Twilight"

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Kristen Stewart has many common things compared with Bella from the book. However, the heroine of the book has prominent cheekbones; long, straight, dark brown hair; and a narrow jaw with a pointed chin. Her eyebrows are darker than her hair and more straight than they are arched. And Bella never uses cosmetics and her hair has a reddish-brown shade that is only noticeable in the sun.

#6 Becky Sharp, "Vanity Fair"

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Becky Sharp, the protagonist of William Thackeray’s novel "Vanity Fair", has reddish hair and green eyes. In the mini-series based on the book and released in 2018, the role of the cunning and hard-tempered character was given to the brown-eyed and dark-haired actress, Olivia Cooke.

#7 George Duroy, "Bel Ami"

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Robert Pattinson played the main role in the screen version of the novel "Bel Ami". However, Guy de Maupassant depicted George Duroy as a blonde man with a twirled mustache, while the actor had dark hair and no mustache.

#8 Emma Bovary, "Madame Bovary"

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Gustave Flaubert depicted Madame Bovary as a woman who made men go crazy with the combination of her incredibly white skin, dark eyes, and hair. Isabelle Huppert, who got this role, had a completely different hair type, but it didn't affect her perfect performance.

#9 Katniss Everdeen, "The Hunger Games"

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In "The Hunger Games", Katniss Everdeen has dark curly hair, olive skin, and dark-gray eyes. She also has a remarkable hairstyle — a long braid falling onto her back. She is also described as thin and short but physically strong because she had to provide food for her entire family by hunting in the woods. But Jennifer Lawrence, who played the role, is tall and totally fit.

#10 Alice, "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland"

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Mia Wasikowska in the 2010 screen adaptation looked like the first illustrations in the book "Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland" created by John Tenniel. In his art, Alice was a little girl with long blonde hair. However, Alice Liddell, who was supposedly the prototype of the main character, has a short dark-brown bob with bangs.
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