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Nine Times I Thought The Movie/Show was Better than the Book

No, no, no let me finish! I agree that most of the time, the book is better than the movie. Often I like them equally because I know they’re two completely different things, but I will probably always prefer the book. If I’m completely honest, there is a small list of movies I thought were better than the book, and today I am going to anger all book lovers around the world and tell you exactly which movies I thought were better than the books they were based on.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

Yeah, this is mostly due to the fact that I saw the movies long before I read the books. I was a wee ten-year-old kid when I saw The Fellowship of the Ring for the first time and fell completely in love with the world. It wasn’t until I was at least fifteen when I read the first book, and I was even older when I read the rest – but I didn’t love it as much as I loved the movies. It was epic, yes, but so slow and the battles were not as amazing as they were in the movies. (Then again, I did love the Hobbit book more than the movies, even though I did really love the movies).

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Again, I did enjoy this book, but it was a bit ‘meh’ compared to the movie, I guess? I watched the movie before I read the book, as I did with LOTR, but I still really enjoyed the book. It was just a little too ‘adult-y’ for me, I guess, so that’s why I enjoyed the movie a bit more. Also, they have Charlie Cox. What else do you need?

The 100 by Kass Morgan

The first book on this list where I hated the book but really enjoyed the adaptation. I DNF-ed the first book in the 100 series because I could not for the life of me get through it. I got about halfway through before deciding it was not going to work out and deleted it off my eReader. Then, I watched the first episode of the show, which managed to reduce the boring first half of the book into an epic forty-five-minute episode. I have yet to continue the show, but I really enjoyed it so far!

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I guess you could have seen this coming? I don’t generally love classics, so I’d prefer to watch movie adaptations. The animated Alice in Wonderland may not have been my favourite Disney movie when I was a kid, but I did really enjoy the sort of sequel by Tim Burton. And the sequel to the sequel!

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Just like with AiW and LOTR my main reason for not loving these books is because they’re classics. I mean I believe I read the first two, maybe three books, but I much more prefer the movies. I know my best friend agrees with me because the first movie has James McAvoy (she would want me to mention this because JAMES!).

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Yeah, I did really like this book, I cried while reading this book, but the movie. OH GOD, THE MOVIE BROKE MY HEART. It broke my heart even before I had seen the movie before I had read the book. All because of that one gifset of Josh Hutcherson and AnnaSophia Robb in the rain and the dog and the waving and the sad comments underneath it oh my god I hate this movie. (Oh wait no I loved it didn’t I?).

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Wow, another Neil Gaiman book on the list? Yeah. Again, I really loved Coraline the book, but the movie was just a tad bit cooler. The movie just really creeped me out and it’s been a frequent rewatch of mine especially now that it’s on Netflix. Oh god, I just love the creepy vibes the movie had, vibes that I didn’t really feel when reading the book.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Honestly, I didn’t particularly love either, but if I have to choose, I’d prefer the movie. The cast is great (even though Emma’s attempt at an American accent still makes me cringe whenever I think about it) and the movie was just a little less annoying, I guess? It’s been a long time since I’ve read the book and seen the movie, so I’m not entirely sure what my opinion was on either, but yeah, the movie was a bit better.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Again, I don’t remember much of either, as it’s been a while since I’ve read the book/seen the movie, but I do remember that I thought the book just went on and on about certain things, and the movie was just a nice science fiction story that I would have watched even if I hadn’t read the book. The cast was great, and though I wasn’t a fan of the whole love quartet thing, it was far better than any Twilight movie in my opinion!

Did you ever think a movie was better than the book?

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  • I agree with you 10000% about Lord of the Rings! I fell in love with those movies (like, to an unhealthy degree) in high school and I was extremely let down by the books. I never have been able to make it past book two. :/ I also agree with Coraline! I recently read the book and thought it was okay, but the movie is definitely way creepier! Great post!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds