By Tom Blunt for Word & Film

You don't have to be a time traveler to sort out the hash Hollywood makes out of our great serial works of literature... but it wouldn't hurt. From the '60s onward, filmmakers have run amok through one beloved franchise after another, filming the books in whatever order suits them, and counting on the populace to keep up (ultimately just contributing to a state of generalized anxiety that's forced us to coin words such as "prequel" and "threequel" as coping mechanisms). Below -- in good old-fashioned chronological order -- are some of the top offenders.


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