When I saw the trailer for Beautiful Creatures I thought: interesting cast, and supposedly well thought of books. That was in December. So, following that and using Audible to assist, I managed to get through the first three books. Not fantastic stuff, but not bad. A very unique storyline where music and serious themes kind of define the characters. I must say, I completely wasted an effort in reading the books as the movie pays almost NO attention to them. Events in the movie are at times nothing like the books and tend to "dumb down" book events to the point that they really don't make any sense. Major events from the book come alive, but the connecting tissue that goes around it lays on the ground like a rug in a film that left several people in my row at the theater saying "I don't understand what the heck ?" It wasn't that they were giant fans of the books - it was just that the film literally made no sense at all. Characters weren't defined in any real way, they popped in and popped out. Other characters from the book were completely eliminated or altered in ways that changed the trajectory of the film. Most damning though is that the young leads in this film delivered a performance so wooden that I kept thinking of the Star Wars prequels. It's rare that I see dialog delivered that poorly on a big screen production. I just don't know what to say. I've now seen a few films in a row that were terrible. This isn't quite as bad as Identity Theft, but definitely a stinker. D, or One Star.