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message 1: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12100 comments Mod
While I am currently watching Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as much as I love the movie, I do feel the book is so much better.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/42...

What books on this list have you read and also seen the movie? Did you think the book was better or that the movie was better?


message 2: by LauraT (last edited Aug 24, 2013 01:47PM) (new)

LauraT (laurata) | 13481 comments Mod
It is rare indeed that I find a film as good as the book it was taken from.
But still there are some exceptions.
The biggest is http://film-stream.tv/1995/10/sostien... taken from Sostiene Pereira the masterpiece by Antonio Tabucchi. It is maybe thanks to a great MarcelloMastroianni, even better than in his youth splendor of La dolce vita by Fellini, but reading the book -which is really great - is not at all better than seeing the film


message 3: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12100 comments Mod
I have read:

1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) - Book was better.
2. Twilight (Twilight, #1) - Book was slightly better, thought the movie was terrible.
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) - Book was better.
4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) - I seemed to really like both.
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) - Book was better.
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) - I preferred the movie slightly more.
7. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) - Book was better.
8. The Cat in the Hat - Loved the movie!
9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) - Book was better.
10. Pride and Prejudice - Haven't seen the movie.
11. New Moon (Twilight, #2) - Movie was better.
12. The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2) - Liked the movie a lot more.
13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Preferred the movie.
14. Interview With The Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1) - Book.
15. Romeo and Juliet - Preferred the movie version.
16. Eclipse (Twilight, #3) - Movie.
17. Matilda - Book.
18. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie Bucket, #1) - Book.
19. Jane Eyre - Book.
20. The Time Traveler's Wife - Book.
21. My Sister's Keeper - Book.
22. The Shining (The Shining, #1) - Haven't seen the movie.
23. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) - Book.
24. 1984 - Haven't seen the movie.
25. Great Expectations - Haven't seen the movie.
26. Les Misérables - Movie.
27. Atonement - Movie.
28. Dracula - Book.
29. Frankenstein - Book.
30. Breaking Dawn (Twilight, #4) - Book.
31. The Great Gatsby - Book.
32. Of Mice and Men - Book.
33. Wuthering Heights - Book.
34. The Handmaid's Tale - Haven't seen the movie.
35. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) - Haven't seen the movie.
36. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Book
37. The Witches - Haven't seen the movie.
38. The Help - Haven't seen the movie.
39. The Last Song - Movie.
40. The Color Purple - Book.
41. The Time Machine - Haven't seen the movie.
42. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Haven't seen the movie.
43. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - Haven't seen the movie.
44. A Midsummer Night's Dream - Haven't seen the movie.
45. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Haven't seen the movie.
46. Peter Pan - Book.
47. Northanger Abbey - Book.
48. Brave New World - Book.
49. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) - Book.
50. A Christmas Carol - Book.
51. Tess of the d'Urbervilles - Book.
52. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3) - Book.
53. One Day - Book.
54. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium, #2) - Book.
55. The Complete Sherlock Holmes - Movie and tv series.
56. The Perks of Being a Wallflower - I can't choose!!
57. The Clique (The Clique, #1) - Book.
58. The Silver Linings Playbook - Book.
59. Insurgent (Divergent, #2) - Movie isn't out yet.
60. The Illustrated Mum - Book.
61. Heart of Darkness - Haven't seen the movie.
62. The Truth About Forever - Haven't seen the movie.
63. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) - Movie isn't out yet.
64. Divergent (Divergent, #1) - Movie isn't out yet.


message 4: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12100 comments Mod
Chimney wrote: "The book Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief was way better than it's movie adaption and so were all the Harry Potter books (I can't say anything for Half Blood Prince as I have yet to see the movie..."

I think the only movie that was better than the book was Eclipse because that book was really stretched out.


message 5: by Leslie (new)

Leslie | 15985 comments I'll just list what I have read, then comment on any I think were not as good as the movie as I almost always prefer the book.

I have read:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Twilight
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
The Da Vinci Code
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Cat in the Hat
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Golden Compass
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird
Charlotte's Web
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Interview with the Vampire
Angels and Demons
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Kite Runner
Romeo and Juliet
The Fellowship of the Ring
Gone With the Wind
Prince Caspian
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Jurassic Park
The Secret Garden
Little Women
Jane Eyre
The Firm
The Return of the King
Polar Express
Time Traveler's Wife
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Two Towers
The Hunger Games
The Girl with the Pearl Earring
The Princess Bride
1984
Sense and Sensibility
Stuart Little
The Clan of the Cave Bear
The Lovely Bones
Great Expectations
Les Miserables
Timeline
The Bourne Identity
Sphere
Dune
Rebecca
Where the Wild Things Are
Dracula
The Lord of the Flies
(end of the top 100)

I thought the movie version was better than the book for these:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Angels and Demons
The Princess Bride
Les Miserables (the version with Charles Laughton)


I thought these books and their movies about equal:
Gone With the Wind
Interview with the Vampire
Bridget Jones's Diary
The Lovely Bones (didn't really like either!)
The Bourne Identity


message 6: by Charbel (new)

Charbel (queez) | 2692 comments The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo movie is as good as the book. Plus the actress that plays Salander seemed perfect for the part.


message 7: by Hales (new)

Hales | 314 comments 1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (BOOK)
2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (BOOK)
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (BOOK)
4. The Davinci Code (BOOK)
5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (BOOK)
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (BOOK)
7. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (BOOK)
8. Eragon (BOOK)
9. Memoirs of a Geisha (BOOK - the film in no way did it justice)
10. Cat in the Hat (FILM - So funny)
11. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (BOOK)
12. The Golden Compass (NORTHERN LIGHTS) (BOOK - No question, terrible film)
13. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (BOOK)
14. Pride and Prejudice (BOOK - Though the BBC Adaption is amazing)
15. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Unsure liked both as they are quite different)
16. To Kill a Mockingbird (BOOK - Love Gregory Peck in the film)
17. Charlotte's Web (BOOK)
18. Angels and Demons (BOOK)
19. The Count of Monte Cristo (BOTH - Very Different)
20. The Kite Runner (BOOK - Didn't know there was a film)
21. Romeo and Juliet (BOOK)
22. The Fellowship of the Ring (FILM)
23. Prince Caspian (BOOK)
24. The Notebook (FILM)
25. Matilda (BOOK)
26. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (BOOK)
27. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (BOOK)
28. The Secret Garden (BOOK - My Favourite)
29. Little Women (BOOK)
30. Jane Eyre (BOOK)
31. The Return of the King (FILM)
32. The Time Traveller's Wife (Haven't seen the film, really did not enjoy the book)
33. My Sister's Keeper (BOOK - The film annoys me)
34. Bridget Jones' Diary (BOTH)
35. The Two Towers (FILM)
36. P.S I Love You (FILM)
37. Girl with a Pearl Earring (BOOK)
38. The Princess Bride (BOOK)
39. 1984 (BOOK)
40. A Walk to Remember (BOTH)
41. The Edge of Reason (BOTH)
42. Where the Wild Things Are (BOOK, film is weird)
43. Lord of the Flies (BOOK)
(End of top 100)

In general I obviously prefer books. LOTR is a rare exception, I feel in love with the films when I was a teenager.


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