The Movie was actually Better than the book

Most always the book is far better than the movie but every once in awhile there will be an improvement and the movie will be better. I saw one last night which inspired me to create this list.
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I saw My Sisters Keeper last night and altho I thought the book was very good the movie IMO was far better. I also preferred The English Patient movie as the book got into details I would have much preferred not to read. Same thing with Fried Green Tomatoes!


message 2: by JoAnne (new)

JoAnne How about A Good Year by Peter Mayle.
The story wasn't bad but the changes in the movie improved the storyline.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Jmisgro wrote: "How about A Good Year by Peter Mayle.
The story wasn't bad but the changes in the movie improved the storyline."


Go ahead and add it on. Anyone can add books or movies to most of these lists just by typing them into their selection. Thanks for voting!




message 4: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I'm fascinated by those books that morph when done faithfully as movies, like Catch-22. It is one thing to read "I woke up with Snowden all over me" and quite another to SEE it. Can you imagine a movie of Candide ? (Probly is one). By the way, did you know they made a musical out of Carrie ? OMG, my only thought.


message 5: by Tisha (new)

Tisha Goodrich I just got through reading "The Time Travelers Wife" The movie is so much better. If I had read the book first I probably wouldnt have watched the movie.


message 6: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl There's a whole bunch where I suspect the movie might be better than the book, but I don't know because I didn't read the book. Memento, with Guy Pearce, e.g.

Then there are so many where the movie and the book are equally bad, and a few where the movie very nearly rises to the level of the book (Pride & Prejudice made for Masterpiece Theatre).


message 7: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl And "Gone With the Wind", "Persuasion" with Ciaran Hinds, "The Remains of the Day" - very close.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Thom wrote: "I'm fascinated by those books that morph when done faithfully as movies, like Catch-22. It is one thing to read "I woke up with Snowden all over me" and quite another to SEE it. Can you imagine a m..."

I have read the book Catch 22 but never seen the movie so will have to watch for that one. I sure didn't realize Carrie was a musical!




message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Tisha wrote: "I just got through reading "The Time Travelers Wife" The movie is so much better. If I had read the book first I probably wouldnt have watched the movie."

I read the book but haven't watched the movie yet. I keep debating about it. I didn't much like the previews so just not sure..




message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Lobstergirl wrote: "And "Gone With the Wind", "Persuasion" with Ciaran Hinds, "The Remains of the Day" - very close."

Yes, for me Gone with the Wind is awfully close. I first read it when I was 12 and had certain ideas which of course the movie changed completely. I still think the book has a slight edge but there are great scenes in the movie that I never pictured in my mind.




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message 12: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn I'm going to bed.


Devan, Sarcasm Expert I disagree on the Lighting Thief movie being better than the book. The movie and book were very different, but there were only two scenes that were any good from the movie. The rest didn't even come close to the book.


message 14: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Why is Harold and Maude on the list? The book was a novelization of the movie.


message 15: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn John wrote: "Why is Harold and Maude on the list? The book was a novelization of the movie."

Did not know that. Answer is Movie, of course.


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