Book or movie?

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  1. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 14 years ago

    When you read a novel and later watch a movie based on the book, the book is almost always better, in my opinion. Can you think of a case when the movie was actually better than the book? I can: The Horse Whisperer. How 'bout you?

    1. livewithrichard profile image73
      livewithrichardposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Okay I'll probably get some slack for this but The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner was much more exciting than the Book. smile

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image72
        Mikel G Robertsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

    2. Mikel G Roberts profile image72
      Mikel G Robertsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The Hobbit, the book sucks! The movies are great.

      1. profile image0
        RS Wightposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        They didn't make a movie based on The Hobbit!  The only thing based on The Hobbit is a cartoon.

        The movie series (The Lord of the Rings) is base on the trilogy The Lord of the Rings and makes no reference to the first book about the adventures of Bilbo Baggins.

        Since you brought this up though... while the movie is wonderful, the books were so much more and you get a far better understanding of each character through the detailed back stories.

    3. bojanglesk8 profile image60
      bojanglesk8posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      The Shawshank Redemption.

    4. TreasuresByBrenda profile image65
      TreasuresByBrendaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh yes, well, maybe.

      How about Julie and Julia?  I think in this case the movie was at least AS good as the book. Both had their individual strengths.

      What do you think?

  2. Sa Toya profile image81
    Sa Toyaposted 14 years ago

    Oohh This is a tough one, most films are never better....

    I want to say The Road but I'm not sure...awesome book, absolutely amazing but the film gave it that extra emotional lift- the book does bring out emotions but seeing films are visual, it really did it for me.

    1. profile image0
      cosetteposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      i want to see The Road. the book was stunning. hard to read in some parts too. but his never-ending devotion to his son was wonderful. i loved it!

      Sense & Sensibility was better than the book, i think.

  3. profile image0
    Crazdwriterposted 14 years ago

    I agree with Sa Toya this is a hard one. I'll have to think about it and get back to you. THANKS Habee. MAKE me think why don't you! lol

  4. sabrebIade profile image81
    sabrebIadeposted 14 years ago

    I can only come up with a couple of "maybes"....
    Jaws and Silence of the Lambs.
    Both because the actors breathed life into the characters that I didn't get when reading the book.

    1. harrymelcars profile image61
      harrymelcarsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      You are absoloutely right - I had only just read the original "Jaws" book a few weeks ago and made the comment to my husband that the movie left the book for dead.  The book itself it really just a C-grade effort: it is only in the authors' narrative of the shark that it is redeemable in any way.

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    Ken R. Abellposted 14 years ago

    Mystic River by Dennis Lehane

    I'm not sure if the movie was better than the book, but it was not a disappointement to me.

    Clint Eastwood did an incredible job of directing & storytelling.

  6. Dame Scribe profile image56
    Dame Scribeposted 14 years ago

    I enjoyed both the book and movie, Shakespeare's, Titus smile

  7. DaniellaWood profile image72
    DaniellaWoodposted 14 years ago

    Ooo good question!
    Books are pretty much always better than the films because they go into so much more detail and leave everything to your imagination. For example, if the book's describing a really good looking guy (like in "Twilight", if any of you read the books), you can imagine him just the way you like haha but with a film the actor is right there in front of you and some may like it and others not.
    But...films take much less time (a few hours as opposed to a few days or weeks) and much less brain power...
    All in all, I would say books are so much better. Like "Ps, I Love you". The book made me cry, but the film totally disappointed me! I'm actually failing to think of a film that's better than the book...hmmm... :S

    1. Rose West profile image76
      Rose Westposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Oh, I just started reading PS I Love You and it's already made me cry! :'(  I haven't seen the movie yet though.

    2. drej2522 profile image68
      drej2522posted 14 years agoin reply to this

      unless, of course, you have an awful imagination!!

  8. Hmrjmr1 profile image67
    Hmrjmr1posted 14 years ago

    Henry V not once but twice done better than the book..
    and Mel Gibson's Hamlet is another..

  9. iumer profile image60
    iumerposted 14 years ago

    Books are always better than movies because books are based on author's imagination and visualization, but movies are some time left with technical draw backs. So books are much better than movies.

  10. Rose West profile image76
    Rose Westposted 14 years ago

    That is hard! The book is pretty much always better! One exception that comes to mind though: I liked the movie "Christmas with the Kranks" a lot better than the book "Skipping Christmas". I don't know...I watched the movie first and laughed so hard. But the book was still good.

  11. wrenfrost56 profile image55
    wrenfrost56posted 14 years ago

    This is a tough one habee, I can't think of a film that was better then the book, I've found so far I prefer the book to the film. smile

  12. thirdmillenium profile image60
    thirdmilleniumposted 14 years ago

    Michael Mann's Last of the Mohicans was so graphic in its presentation and the acting all around especially Daniel Day-Lewis'  was so thorough that Cooper's writing, though damn good, paled somewhat in  comparison

  13. brimancandy profile image77
    brimancandyposted 14 years ago

    I'm not sure if I would call it better, but, "The Lost World" book was certainly different than what was in the film. This was the sequal to "Jurrasic Park." which was also slightly different than the book.

    The only part of the movie that was like "The Lost World" book, was the first part where the little girl gets attacked by comps on the beach on a family cruise. The rest of the movie doesn't follow the book at all, as there are only a handful of people on the island, trying to find dinosaur eggs. This whole army of men trying to capture dinosaurs was not in the book.

    I also read Hollywood Wives, and the Master Of The Game. I couldn't tell you how much the movies resembled the books, but, they were both equally entertaining. But, it has been many years since I read them. I started to read "The Thorn Birds."
    But, got bored with it pretty quick. The show was better.

  14. jellydonut25 profile image62
    jellydonut25posted 14 years ago

    I think "Stand by Me" is a better movie than "The Body" by Stephen's a bit more focused, whereas the novella has some interjected thoughts and musings that drag the pace down a bit

    Jaws is a different experience from book to movie and the movie might be better

    The Green Mile is more enjoyable as a movie as is The Shawshank Redemption - Largely, that's because both are VERY faithful adaptations and reading a book takes a lot longer than watching a movie

    Just about any movie about Dracula is better than Stoker's novel, which is very slow-paced

    Silver Bullet is better than Cycle of the Werewolf...

    so, yes there are movies that are better than their books out there

  15. mkrobb profile image59
    mkrobbposted 14 years ago

    The problem is that a lot of movies based on books are not necessarily faithful adaptations, but they are good movies in their own right. The movie version of "Where the Wild Things Are" may be too serious, even off-putting, to those who adored the book. But as someone who liked but didn't particularly love the book as a child and was able to fully appreciate the film version as an adult, I was blown away by the movie. If it doesn't get any Oscar nominations, I will be genuinely upset.

    Stardust is another good example. It's more of a romantic comedy than the book was, but it's still a good movie.

    I totally disagree about Dracula, though. I was literally up all night reading the last part of it because it was so suspenseful. No film versions have captured the complexity of the novel, probably because it's so long, but at least Guy Maddin's version comes close.

  16. Daniel Carter profile image60
    Daniel Carterposted 14 years ago

    Well, reaching back a bit, but I love "Taming of the Shrew" with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. As well as a few other Shakespear movies. The interpretation of Elizabethan language really comes alive. On paper, it's just vague to me. I guess I need to study Elizabethan or something. But I'd rather study pig-latin....

  17. Ohma profile image59
    Ohmaposted 14 years ago

    "The Green Mile" Stephen King
    "Sybil" the original with Sally Fields

  18. TheGlassSpider profile image64
    TheGlassSpiderposted 14 years ago


    I love Stephen King, and I thought the novella was pretty good by itself, but the movie version blew it out of the water. It was really creepy and visceral, and I actually liked it better.

  19. receptionist profile image60
    receptionistposted 14 years ago

    I'd have to say The Runaway Jury by John Grisham.

    Most adaptations of his books turn out really boring and completely miss the point of the whole story, but this one was actually better than what I imagined when I was reading the book. Maybe because some of the main parts of the story were changed; tobacco company to firearms manufacturer and all that. Made the whole thing a lot more plausible.

  20. Windsweptplains profile image60
    Windsweptplainsposted 14 years ago

    I think that the movie "The Princess Bride" was miles better than the book. Also I would have to say Stardust.

    Also, I would have to agree that Shakespeare is better understood and enjoyed when it is performed, either on film, in an audio drama or on stage. I have read all of Shakespeare's works but enjoy him best when I see good actors performing his plays.

    1. Ivorwen profile image64
      Ivorwenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I would agree that "The Princess Bride" is much better than the book.

  21. scheinandras profile image61
    scheinandrasposted 14 years ago

    of course a book is always better:)

  22. The Rope profile image61
    The Ropeposted 14 years ago

    Apocalypse Now - much better in movie format.  Coppola actually moved the setting and made a stunning movie that was different but more amazing than anything I had previously seen.  HOD was excellent mind you but... 

    (This was also the movie that taught me the power of the "big screen".  I almost couldn't watch parts of it for the realism on the big screen, yet when viewed on regular TV it was not nearly as chilling.)

  23. pddm67 profile image61
    pddm67posted 14 years ago

    Have yet to come across a movie that's as good or better than the book.

    If Iv'e read the book - I almost never go see the movie. Always dissapointed. Cannot figure out why they change parts of the story or even the ending when making it into a movie. totally unecessary. Don't people want to go see the movie because the book was so good? Shouldn't they keep the movie true to the written word?

    1. The Rope profile image61
      The Ropeposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Can't do it Pddm.  Real life has its limitations.  The best actress for the part may be dark haired when the book strictly says blonde.  Best possible shoots may not be possible in the depths of Antartica when Canada will do, and so on.  Each person takes the book and creates the picture in their own mind.  No matter how strict a movie follows the book, it will never match your imagination.

  24. Windsweptplains profile image60
    Windsweptplainsposted 14 years ago

    Books are one medium of story telling and film is another. They are very different, and I find that there are good things about each one.

    I love movie adaptions of books, but they do differ significantly from the original source material. It's a take on the book by a select group of people. Different movie adaptions of the same book will also differ, based upon the movie makers' style and idea of how to interpret the original story.

  25. pddm67 profile image61
    pddm67posted 14 years ago

    I understand but I just wish that once someone, anyone, would make a movie that's true (at least 99%) to the book it's based on. Would be something new to see out there. Just wondering WHY it hasn't been done (maybe it has but I don't recall one)

    Wishful thinking on my part smile smile

  26. Flightkeeper profile image65
    Flightkeeperposted 14 years ago

    I have to say that the cartoon Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol was way better than Dicken's Christmas Carol. Just my opinion.

  27. oneinajillian profile image60
    oneinajillianposted 14 years ago

    I like Forrest Gump the movie better than the book! Tom Hanks was able to bring that character to life like nobody else could. His performance far outweighed the words written on the page.

  28. Jane@CM profile image61
    Jane@CMposted 14 years ago

    I read too much & rarely watch movies.  I'm usually disappointed in the movie if I've read the book, so I don't waste my time.

  29. Windsweptplains profile image60
    Windsweptplainsposted 14 years ago

    Well, for anyone who likes period dramas, Pride and Prejudice 1995 was very close to the original novel by Jane Austen. I think that film was the closest book to film adaption that I've come across.

  30. profile image0
    sophsposted 14 years ago

    I think more often than not the book is better than the film, as you can create your own pictures in your head, the way the character looks and the settings. Sometimes when I read a book and then watch the film it ruins what I had created in my head e.g. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, I loved the book but the film was no where near as good.

  31. WriteAngled profile image74
    WriteAngledposted 14 years ago

    The only example I can think of is Star Wars, where the books were written after the films in order to cash in.

  32. Ann Nonymous profile image61
    Ann Nonymousposted 14 years ago

    The books are always better because otherwise there would be no movie. Once the movie comes out it ruins all growth for imagination. You can no longer picture how it would, could or should have been as the screen writer took that privilege away from you. However I am NOT saying that all books turned into movies are bad. I’m just saying that it's nice to have the chance to envision things yourself.

    My favorite books into movies...Chronicles of Narnia
    Go C.S. Lewis!

    1. profile image0
      sophsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Totally agree! And I love The Chronicles of Narnia too :-)

  33. harrymelcars profile image61
    harrymelcarsposted 14 years ago

    The Wizard of Oz - probably like most people, I had seen the movie many a time and become fond of Oz and the characters.  The book is startlingly dreary and very dark in comparison.  If I had have read the book first, I don't believe I would be such a fan of TWOO: the movie is visually stunning and leaves a message of hope.  The book - not so much.

  34. Michael Willis profile image68
    Michael Willisposted 14 years ago

    hard to find a movie better than the book, I am going back a ways. "All The President's Men." Robert Redford & Dustin Hoffman.


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