No book-to-movie adaptation is ever perfect, but an element that changes most often is the look of certain characters. In their journey from book to small screen, your favorite character might change hair color, age, or even race. Here are some prime examples of TV shows where book characters got a big makeover to make them attractive enough for television.
Nearly everyone, "Game of Thrones"The series of books by George R. R. Martin feature many characters who are described as just plain ugly. These include Jorah Mormont, Brienne of Tarth, Tyrion Lannister, Lysa Arryn, and Dagmer: Each and every once is more attractive in the TV show than in the books. In the series of books, Ned Stark is called "plain," but Sean Bean was anything but.
Funny enough, this wasn't the first time Sean Bean played a sexier version of a beloved (but not handsome) book character. In the "Sharpe" series of TV adaptions, Bean played the title character. Unlike the book counterpart, TV's Sharpe was blond and had no scars.
Vincent, "Beauty and the Beast"In the original fairy tale, the Beast was a hideous creature. The CBS television series "Beauty and the Beast" featured Ron Perlman in the role of the Beast, complete with heavy makeup and prosthetics to make him look like a real animal. Flash forward to 2012 and the CW reboot. This time around, Vincent has a thin scar on one cheek, but otherwise just looks like a male model. He's the handsomest Beast in the history of "Beauty and the Beast" adaptations.
Jane Rizzoli, "Rizzoli & Isles"In the TV series, Rizzoli is played by the lovely Angie Harmon. But in the books, Rizzoli is anything but beautiful. In fact, Rizzoli is described as plain and average looking. In the books, Rizzoli is sensitive to her looks, and actually lashes out at beautiful women because of her insecurities.
Miss Lemon, "Poirot"In the original novels, Agatha Christie described Poirot's secretary as ugly. And while her TV counterpart wasn't a great beauty, she was a handsome older woman that was in no way ugly. She had a trim figure and a pleasing face.
Sherlock Holmes, "Sherlock"This wonderful detective series from across the pond re-imagines the classic tales of Sherlock Holmes set in modern times. But in the original tales, the illustrations of Holmes show him as middle-aged with a receding hairline and thin, angular frame. By contrast, the Sherlock of "Sherlock" is a total heartthrob with a massive mane of dark curls and a youthful face.
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