Book to Movie Debate: Which is better?
We’ve all been talking a lot lately about books that have been turned into movies. (My mom now believes that EVERY movie was once a book because so many of them are! I try to tell her there are still a few original screenplays out there, but she won’t listen.) Almost every review I’ve seen follows the traditional opinion that the book is always better. I always read the book before viewing the movie if I have any intention of ever reading it, because I feel like the movie will ruin the book. But does it happen the other way around? Does the book ever ruin the movie? What movies can you name that you liked better than the book?
I’m having trouble coming up with many movies that I liked better than the books, but the one that comes to mind is Fight Club. Chuck Palanhuik is just so twisted in his writing that even though I enjoy the books, I cringe the entire way through. Fight Club was a great movie, although clearly aimed at young men, and much easier to stomach than the book. I’m interested to see Choke when it comes out.
The Lord of the Rings books and movies were right on par and certainly didn’t disappoint!
Twilight the movie and the book also tied in my opinion, but both had lower expectations from the start.
Which movies did you like better than the book? Which ones were ties? Leave your reply in the comments or leave a link to your blog post so we can all see what you think!
Edit: Other ties include Harriet the Spy and In Her Shoes.