The MOVIE was BETTER than the BOOK

It may be like pulling teeth to get a reader to admit it, but sometimes the movie actually is better than the book.

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916 books · 9,531 voters · list created June 26th, 2008 by JG (The Introverted Reader) (votes) .
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message 1: by Mark (new)

Mark The book is a very flat polemic about war with extremely dull characters. Thankfully the movie abandons all the self-serious pretension and replaces it with satire and manages to ask some interesting questions about the nature of war. The best parts of it play like Fox News and the DVD commentary where the director admits he never read the book because it depressed him.


message 2: by Andrea (new)

Andrea We need a way to disagree, I don't feel some of these belong.


message 3: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Mansfield Park needs to be #1 on this list. That director achieved miracles! Miracles, I say, to make me care at all about Fanny Price!


message 4: by Clare (new)

Clare This film, starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins outdid the Forster book. I loved the film and then read the book and was sadly disappointed. As A Passage to India was also a great film (as was A room with a view) I must conclude that EMF was better on screen than in print. Do you agree?


message 5: by Clare (new)

Clare I loved both the book and film of Remains so I can't really say that the movie is better. But I must say that the film definitely captured the sense of loss and missed opportunity that the book had. These are painful, English and tortured. It shows the buttoned up English at their best (or worst!)...


message 6: by Clare (new)

Clare While nothing can match this great book, the BBC's recent 'soap opera' treatment of Bleak House was epic and marvellous.... I loved every minute. It shows that some classics do translate well and Dickens would have definitely written for TV! Gillian Anderson was a star and shows that Hollywood stars can transfer if they are adaptable enough....


message 7: by Deborah (new)

Deborah Edwards I would also advocate adding Mansfield Park. This is the weakest of Austen's books, but the film's screenplay digs deep into the historical framework of the period to hint at possible dark secrets that might have entered into the family's business dealings, as well as exploring the turbulent emotions of characters dealing with intense social mores. A riveting film made of a rather dull book (and I'm a huge fan of the other Austen books).


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Some of these books are considered masterpieces. Why are they here? I agree with Andrea, we need a way to disagree. This is just ridiculous.


message 9: by Allison (new)

Allison Ok, whoever said that The World According to Garp's movie was better than the book is clearly an idiot.

I'm serious, if you thought the movie was better, it was because you get confused easily. And you are a moron.


message 10: by Ubik (new)

Ubik I cant believe Dune is on here! I for one lOVED the film (most people dont), but the book is still amazingly better (even if I havent read the whole thing yet)


message 11: by Kate (new)

Kate Please add The Princess Diaries. The movie was charming, the book bitter and depressing.


message 12: by Christopher (new)

Christopher I have to say, I'm really disappointed in this list. There are a very few exceptions to the rule "The Book is Always Better than the Movie" and I was only able to find 5 books on this list of 165 choices that I agreed with.




message 13: by Antoine (new)

Antoine Movies are as different from the books they are based on as a song or a painting based on a book would be. What we are talking about is not a comparison of apples and apples. But, when talking about unlike things, we can still make comparisons of a kind: was the movie (as a movie, by movie standards, compared to other movies), more enjoyable than the book (as a book, by book standards compared to other books). And since the choices are inevitably subjective, and the principle democratic, the only "wrong" books on this list would be ones that have not, in fact, been made into movies.


message 14: by Muzzlehatch (new)

Muzzlehatch Some amazing choices here -- Prince Caspian? City of Ember? Two of the worst films I've seen this year, both completely undermining and ruining everything about the novels that made them good. Well, I guess we're all looking for something different....not too many examples that I actually agree with here, it's awfully rare that a film, especially a mainstream, modern big-budget Hollywood film, can approach the complexity or depth of even the average decent novel.


message 15: by Christa (new)

Christa I can not figure out why you would think the movie for Gone With The Wind was better then the book. There's just no way that it was!


message 16: by Summer (new)

Summer I protest and am highly disgruntled over Romeo & Juliet and Anne of Green Gables being on this list.


message 17: by Patricia (new)

Patricia Most of the time I see movies adapted from books as a cliff notes version for people who don't really like to read. On rare occasions the movie manages to capture everything the book gives, but most of the time due to time constraints and the way film works there is just no way to include everything. In my world, on even rarer occasions, the movie manages to be better than the book. I agree with four of this list's choices. I wonder if the people who have propelled "The Princess Bride" to the top of this list have actually read the book? It provides the equivalent of a whole DVD extra with of back story on all the main characters. And has the person who made this list actually read all these books? Are they a movie person in Hollywood? What gives? That being said, I like the idea of this list, if not the majority of the content.


message 18: by Amélie (new)

Amélie Black Poulain I can't believe tha Mansfield Park is in the list! I know that people may not think the same I do , but I really hated the movie ...it was like it destroy the book! I think the same oh Twilight , I mean , the book was so much better than the movie ! It's not just my opinion , ask and a lot of people will say the same .And with Dracula and Harry Potter 5 ... I think the movie was nice , but I definitly prefer the book.
There are some books about the movies that I didn't even know they exist.Like V of vendetta , Chocolat , Forrest Gump and Devil wears Prada , so then about those I can't say anithing , because don't know them.


message 19: by Loren (new)

Loren Toddy Too funny. As if huh?!


message 20: by Angie (new)

Angie These lists are all really silly, but I think this may be the silliest one :)


message 21: by Holly (new)

Holly Cold Mountain - the book was awesome! One of the best I have ever read. The movie couldn't TOUCH it! Not that the movie was bad, it was just a very long and detailed book - no way to convey all that in a movie.


message 22: by Carly (new)

Carly The Last of the Mohicans!?! Whaaaaaat? Seriously, did you actually read the book? CAN you read?

In my opinion, the movie should not even be graced with the title of the book.


message 23: by claire (last edited Apr 09, 2009 12:27AM) (new)

claire This list is certainly ridiculous. I had to stretch to find six. And the Princess Bride at the top? I doubt most of these voters have read the book. It's clever and charming and utterly different from the movie, and it's certainly wonderful in its own right.


message 24: by Bethanne (new)

Bethanne To Kill A Mockingbird? Blasphemy!!!


message 25: by arianna (new)

arianna Andrea wrote: "We need a way to disagree, I don't feel some of these belong."

there's a list called the book was better than the movie...


message 26: by arianna (new)

arianna Patricia wrote: "Most of the time I see movies adapted from books as a cliff notes version for people who don't really like to read. On rare occasions the movie manages to capture everything the book gives, but mo..."

actually anyone who visits the list can add things to it, and the reason we're here on this site is because we like to read so assuming that someone didn't read the book and made that judgement is unfair.


message 27: by arianna (new)

arianna Angie wrote: "These lists are all really silly, but I think this may be the silliest one :)"

clearly you've never been to the worst books of all time list, i suggest you avoid it at all costs.


message 28: by Debbie (new)

Debbie I would add Under the Tuscan Sun, one of the few books I have ever abandoned. I simply could not get through it, but the movie was delightful.

I love the movie versions of both The Princess Bride and A Room with a View, but I would not say they are BETTER than the books.


message 29: by Coalbanks (new)

Coalbanks My first connection with Dickens was though old movies of A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, David Copperfield, I doubt I would have been as interested if I had met the books first although I enjoyed A Tale of Two Cities which I read about the same time. The books appealed to me later & I'm still reading them & watching all films/tv series. Dickens ould have written screenplays for film & tv, no doubt, he had the talent & the financial need.


message 30: by Chelsea (new)

Chelsea Cannot believe someone voted that the Watchmen movie was better than the graphic novel. I want some of the drugs they're on!!


message 31: by Carolyn (last edited May 20, 2009 03:45PM) (new)

Carolyn I did not see "Awakenings" by Oliver Sacks on here. I like Sacks, but the movie was so much more inspiring - the music and the happy Leonard during his remission make it much more enjoyable.

I'd most definitely agree also with "A Beautiful Mind", which comes off much more of a love story in the movie and Nash really comes off in the book as he probably truly was - just a jerk.


message 32: by Emily (new)

Emily What about Cold Comfort farm???


message 33: by Payton (new)

Payton Interview With The Vampire? The book was way better!


message 34: by Mário (new)

Mário Barroso Is this a joke? This must be a joke, otherwise is just sad. Lord of the rings?! that piece of crap movie is better than the books? Because the films really get all the tiny details in plot, and the characters in the movie are so much developed. I am mean "I am Legend", have you read the book? The plot of the movie is a disaster. I really don't like the Harry Potter books and still think the movies are way worse. Whoever wrote this list doesn't get the meaning of the books listed... ridiculous to say the least


message 35: by Kat (new)

Kat Besides the Jane Austin books being on here, this list fails life!


message 36: by Emma (new)

Emma Oh my god, I went through this thinking it was BOOK being BETTER! Oh my goodness...


message 37: by Emma (last edited Jul 22, 2009 08:25AM) (new)

Emma The Princess Bride?? That's my favorite book AND favorite movie, though I appreciate the book more because it goes more in depth and is just generally more intense. The only one I really agree 100% with is Stardust, but even on it's own it's not like it was a BAD book, in fact it was a VERY good book, it's just that the movie had a more exciting climax.

And Fight Club?? Sure, the movie is intense and amazing, but so is THE BOOK, and it has an ending that actually makes sense. We need a 'disagree' option.


message 38: by Janna (new)

Janna I disagree with so many of these, hah.


message 39: by Rachel (new)

Rachel I disagree so much with some of these. Especially with A Clockwork Orange, Fight Club, V for Vendetta...


message 40: by Joseph (new)

Joseph I find it very rare to happen, but I have to admit I did enjoy Bella Mafia better as a movie than I did when I read it. But I must admit, this was one of the few times where I saw the movie before reading the book and I really don't like to do that because I find it can influence my imagination regarding what I get from the words rather than the screen.


message 41: by Echo (new)

Echo Really? 281 people voted for The Princess Bride? Did they even read it? Did they misread the title of the list? The book is amazing. The movie is a decent book-to-movie translation, but it still can't touch the book. I'm just floored by that. I voted on both this list (I did find about three books on this entire list I agreed with) and the "The Book was BETTER than the Movie" list, but I would agree that there should be a way to vote against the books on the lists. This isn't the first list I've had that thought about either.


message 42: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Ferrel There should be a thumbs up or thumbs down for other users to vote for, like youtube, because a lot of these choices are ridiculous.


message 43: by Miles (new)

Miles The only one i agree with is No Country For Old Men, only because of Javier Bardem.


message 44: by Alicia (new)

Alicia i think people should put up the book sex for dummies


message 45: by Meghan (new)

Meghan i think everyone should know the book is for the most part always better than the movie. especially harry potter. how could you even think the movie was better? and the twilight movie was insanely stupid. i love the book but the movie was terrible and anyone who thinks the movie is better obviously didn't read the book before hand or they suck at reading. i haven't read all of these books but i can tell you that nine times out of ten i like the book better than the movie. just sayin.


message 46: by Matthew (last edited Sep 13, 2009 01:22PM) (new)

Matthew I doubt any of the people who voted for "The Lord of the Rings" have actually read the books. If they did they sure didn't pay attention. Even though the movies really are amazing, they still can't measure up.


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

Tiani wrote: "wow finally someone who agrees with me. Stephanie meyers books are fantastic. "


I agree with you also. I have read the first 3 books 3 times and the last one twice. I can't wait for Midnight Sun.



message 48: by Kristen (last edited Jan 18, 2014 11:28AM) (new)

Kristen Jorgensen Meghan wrote: "i think everyone should know the book is for the most part always better than the movie. especially harry potter. how could you even think the movie was better? and the twilight movie was insanely ..."

I agree with you for the most part but there is that rare moment when a movie is better. 9 times out of 10 the book is better but... Read Mary Poppins and let me know if you think the movie or the book is better.


message 49: by Dana (new)

Dana Salman It depends which one you saw first, the book or the movie. Whichever one you saw first gives you expectations for the other, and usually those expectations are disappointed. the exception is when the book is exceptionally good that even if you did see the movie first the book is still better (example: Inkheart), or else not alot of effort was put into the movie and it was totally screwed up (example: Ella Enchanted). And sometimes it's the opposite: you may have read the book first and enjoyed it but the movie was just so amazing you have to like it better (example: Coraline)


Tiani *The Writer* well if you rely on seeing movies and then the book... oh wait i get what your saying. So if you see the movie and you think its great and then read the book.... took me awhile there. Have any of you read hunger games? i know i sorta changing the subject but i just love the book


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