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Ten Times the Movie was Better than the Book

Every time the news comes out a book is being adapted into a movie, you’ll hear people go ‘the book will always be better than the movie’. I used to be like that, used to compare the movie adaptation to the book every time, nitpicking little changes and hating a movie if it wasn’t 100% the same as the book I had read so many times. Eventually, I realised that it was stupid and I stopped it. Because, while often enough the book is better (read: more detailed) than the movie, sometimes the movie is just as good as the book and sometimes it may even be better than the book it was adapted from. 

In this post, I am going to piss off some people and tell you about ten movies (or TV shows) I thought were better than their bookish counterpart.

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

Ok, before you get mad – I really liked the books, but the movies… The movies are just so. much. better. I grew up with these movies, I rewatch them once a year just like Harry Potter. Yeah, honestly these movies are my life. I read the books when I was in my late teens and I thought they were interesting but sooooo tedious and way too descriptive at some points. And the battles were much less epic than in the movies. So sorry not sorry but these movies are my life and I will probably rewatch them sooner than I would reread the books. 

The 100 by Kass Morgan

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even finish this book. I hated it. I read about half of the first book, and that half was so uneventful, really boring and felt more like a romance with a bit of science fiction thrown in. But seriously, I was very scared of the series before I started watching it, because I was afraid it would be as boring as the book – but the first episode was way more exciting than the book. I have yet to finish watching the entire series so far, but the first two-and-a-half/three seasons I saw were super exciting! 

Holes by Louis Sachar

This one is pretty close, seeing as I did enjoy the book, but the movie was beautiful. I don’t really have much else to say other than that I will probably rewatch the movie sooner than I would reread the book! I definitely recommend this one!

The Circle by Dave Eggers

As opposed to the previous one – I didn’t very much like this book, nor did I enjoy the movie a lot. I really hated the story, and the main character, but the movie was a bit more entertaining and less frustrating. View Spoiler » 

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

And here is an example of both book and movie being great, in their own way. The movie was not at all a great adaptation, but I still really enjoyed it. The book was interesting but often a bit tedious and the movie left out a lot of that tediousness. The plot was still the same, but the way the story progressed was quite different, but in my opinion it was just better done in the movie. RPO is quite a visual story and I really think it came out better as a movie than a book. 

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

These books are classics, which is probably why I didn’t love them that much. Maybe because I didn’t grow up with these books as I did with Harry Potter, but yeah I think I also just don’t have patience for classics. But the movies are great, I love them very much and I’ve rewatched them several times throughout the years. It’s such a shame the rest of the books weren’t adapted, but still the three movies that exist are great! 

Alice in Wonderland by Louis Carroll

Another classic, another movie I enjoyed much much more than the book it was adapted from. I really did not enjoy Alice in Wonderland, and I DNF-ed Through the Looking Glass; but both the original animated Disney movies as the live-action remakes with Mia Wasikowska are amazing. 

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynn Jones

I watched this movie before I read the book, and it was partly because I enjoyed the movie so much that I picked up the book. But then I found out the two were quite different from one another and I decided after finishing the book that as much as I enjoyed it – I prefered the movie. There’s not much else to say about it…

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

I believe the book is described as an adult fairytale – and yes it did feel very ‘adult’ to me. More gore and intimacy than the usual fairytale and needless to say, I didn’t love the book very much. But I loved the movie so so so so much. I loved the story, loved the romance, loved the actors – it was perfect! So yes, if anyone ever asks, I would definitely recommend the movie over the book! (Sorry Neil, I love your writing, though!)

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

And last but certainly not least is the Princess Diaries. I watched this movie a long time ago and recently rewatched it because it’s a Disney movie. Then, I decided I wanted to read the books. I listened to the first book during the NEWTs readathon (narrated by Anne Hathaway 10/10) but realised pretty soon that while the book was interesting, I really just loved the movie so much more… They are quite different though they still tell the same story, yeah I just liked the way the movie went a lot more! 

So, those are a couple of examples where I thought the movie adaptation was either a bit better or a lot better than the book they were based on. Are there any movies you thought were better than the book? Let’s discuss in the comments, or twitter