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message 1: by Zoë (last edited Jun 30, 2016 06:18PM) (new)

Zoë (thesnazzyhippo) | 21 comments The movie adaptation of Brooklyn by Colm Toibin was better, in my opinion. I think Primal Fear, Fight Club, Gone Girl and LA Confidential are all just as good as their source material. What do you guys think?


Taylor of Alethkar ❦ (aboutfandoms) | 13 comments The Maze Runner comes to mind as one of those rare times where the adaptations were better. At least in my opinion.


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Ashley Marie I haven't read Brooklyn yet but I adored the film! I would have to add the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy to the list -- Noomi Rapace was absolutely brilliant as Lisbeth, exactly as I'd pictured her. Lord of the Rings is about even too.

I think Fault in Our Stars, Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Casino Royale (Daniel Craig's first Bond film) were all better than the books.


message 4: by Zoë (last edited Jun 30, 2016 06:18PM) (new)

Zoë (thesnazzyhippo) | 21 comments Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* wrote: "I haven't read Brooklyn yet but I adored the film! I would have to add the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy to the list -- Noomi Rapace was absolutely brilliant as Lisbeth, exactly as I'd pictur..."

I read the Brooklyn before seeing the movie, and it was one of those few times when I regret doing that. The book is a lot more melodramatic compared to the movie, I think to its detriment.


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Alex (cannedham) Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 were better than the book, I thought.


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Elyssa (hotpinkunicorn) | 14 comments Me Before You was pretty good! It had more humour in the movie than the book, at least in my opinion. I thought they were both pretty amazing!


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shushan | 9 comments Me And Earl And The Dying Girl FOR SURE.


message 8: by Zoë (new)

Zoë (thesnazzyhippo) | 21 comments Sam wrote: "Mockingjay parts 1 and 2 were better than the book, I thought."

I didn't even get through all of Mockingjay. I've yet to see the movies, just haven't had the motivation I guess.


message 9: by Arantxa (new)

Arantxa (TheRoomWhereItHappens) I was going to say "Me & Earl & The Dying Girl" too. Also The boy in the striped pyjamas, Fight Club for sure, The Perfume, The Picture of Dorian Gray.


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wezikz (clockworkbookworm) | 8 comments as good as the books: the hunger games trilogy, tfios, divergent
better than the book: if i stay, carrie


message 11: by Punya Nayak (new)

Punya Nayak the films for Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, The Maze Runner and Carrie were better than the books. (However I did enjoy reading me and earl and the dying girl just as much as I enjoyed watching the movie!)


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Nərmin | 11 comments LOTR trilogy is definitely better than books)))


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I think that Mockinjay parts 1 and 2 and catching fire were just as good as the books..... I can't really think of any films that were better


message 14: by Lady (new)

Lady Flo | 23 comments LOTR definitely) And Mockingjay P1&2 made me love the book.


message 15: by Nazz (last edited Jul 23, 2016 03:16AM) (new)

Nazz Chibuikem | 3 comments beautiful creatures movie was better than the book. a walk to remember movie was better than the book and I think the harry potter movie series was just as good as the book series.


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Zaira (zairaguleksi) | 8 comments In my opinion, The Perks of being a Wallflower, If I stay, The Fault in our stars, Gone Girl are movies just as good as books. :)


message 17: by Kirti (last edited Jul 23, 2016 08:04AM) (new)

Kirti  (kingcobra88) | 9 comments LOTR and Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Stardust movie was a lot better than the book.


message 18: by Anna (new)

Anna (librairieimaginaire) I loved Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and thought it was just a little bit better than the book. I'm a film person and it followed the book so closely (there was one scene that was copied word for word) so it was great to see it visually.

Gone Girl and The Perks of Being a Wallflower were really good too.


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Bel Cat | 15 comments I think The Hunger Games films were just as good as the books. The reason they were so good was because they stuck to the books (mostly - I'm still annoyed Madge got cut out). Too many films these days are based too loosely on the books :(.

Princess Bride is just as good as the book as well. Phenomenal film/book :) !


Zombieslayer⚡Alienhunter (theslayingisthunter) | 25 comments Despite it being pretty different, i thought The Scorch Trials movie was just as good as the book. Maybe not 'better', but definitely just as good.


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emi (emiareads) | 5 comments Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is one of my favorite movies ever, and yet I despised the book so obviously that movie is amazing.

Stardust is a lot more entertaining than it's book, and so is the Princess Bride (both are two more of my favorite movies ever)

Also Room is one of the most fascinating movies I have ever seen, and the book barely left a mark on me

The Host, Maze Runner, Ender's Game, The Princess Diaries, Red Riding Hood, and Beastly I all enjoyed more than the books....


message 22: by Eva (new)

Eva (ronanlznch) Love Rosie the movie was waaaaay better than the book in my opinion


message 23: by Colin (new)

Colin (designatedhero) Life of Pi.
Slumdog Millionaire (book is called Q&A)
I like The Hunger Games films more than the books because the books were written solely in Katniss' POV, which was fine but I LOVED seeing Panem from an audience POV.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was slightly better as a movie.
Warm Bodies was just as good as the book.

That's just off the top of my head. :)


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Martina (karamazovsister) | 14 comments Me and Earl and the dying girl, the book is nice, but the film is far better


message 25: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa Seconding LotR and Stardust as being equal/better than the books on the enjoyment level.

Would also add Practical Magic and Interview with the Vampire (except for the horrid Armand casting choice) and most movies based on books by Agatha Christie!

It's been a while, but I also remember thinking that The Neverending Story and the The Secret Garden (the one from the 90s) movies captured the magic of the books pretty well. And we can't forget Holes! And the Little Women movie from 1994!

(I never actually read the book, but I also loved the most recent Persuasion movie)

Basically I in general think that there are a lot more good to great movies based on books out there than we often think.


message 26: by Frida (new)

Frida (leothil) The Maze Runner is a rare exception where I prefer the movie to the book. In all other cases I believe I've preferred the book.

LotR I give a C plot-wise and a D+ for characters. There are just too many bad changes. It gets A+ for its visuals and sound, however.


message 27: by Bethan (new)

Bethan Watson (brosewatson) | 2 comments Definitely Harry Potter, the films for me were just as good as the books. I also liked the film adaptation of Gone Girl.


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Francesca | 26 comments Films I like just as much as the books/think are just as good as the books: Stand By Me (The Body), The Color Purple, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Help.

Films I think are better than the books: My Sister's Keeper, Legally Blonde, Bridget Jones' Diary, A Little Princess.


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Sierra Martin | 3 comments The Maze Runner


message 30: by Emma (new)

Emma (marvelruinedmyspirit) The Princess Bride, for me. The movie is one of my fave, and while the book was very good too, I think the movie's better.


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Fatema Mohamed (toomii997) I thought gone girl was as good as the book.


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sophie | 4 comments The maze runner


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Abbie Lucy (abbielucy) | 10 comments I preferred the Maze Runner movie from the books! If I stay is also one of my favourite movies - that was probably better than the book too!


message 34: by Jas (last edited Aug 11, 2016 12:59AM) (new)

Jas (bookishjas) The Giver movie was better than the book in my opinion. But that could be because we studied the book at school in 2014 and I got really sick of it haha.
And I loved the Harry Potter and HG movies as much as the books. :)


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Daphne | 13 comments I think that the movie version of Coraline is much better than the book. Don't get me wrong, I love the book as well, I just think that the movie was much more creepy and interesting.


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Risa Ann | 2 comments Maze Runner Series are GREAT movies with an awesome cast...they are also VERY different from the books? I think they just translated really well on screen.


message 37: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Kirti wrote: "LOTR and Stardust by Neil Gaiman. Stardust movie was a lot better than the book."

YASSSS STARDUST! One of my absolutely all time favourite movies!


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Phili (pagesandleaves) | 6 comments i definitely liked the movie for paper towns more than the book


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Melissa (aglionby) | 24 comments Phili wrote: "i definitely liked the movie for paper towns more than the book"

Really? I thought the book was okay but the movie was entirely horrendous in my opinion. What did you like about it?


message 40: by Phili (new)

Phili (pagesandleaves) | 6 comments Melissa wrote: "Phili wrote: "i definitely liked the movie for paper towns more than the book"

Really? I thought the book was okay but the movie was entirely horrendous in my opinion. What did you like about it?"


I just enjoyed the movie's vibe more than I did the book's. That's not to say that the movie was the best in the world ,but it was enjoyable even though at parts it could have been confusing for someone who hadn't read the book.


message 41: by Melissa (new)

Melissa (aglionby) | 24 comments Phili wrote: "Melissa wrote: "Phili wrote: "i definitely liked the movie for paper towns more than the book"

Really? I thought the book was okay but the movie was entirely horrendous in my opinion. What did you..."


Oh ok I see.


message 42: by Scarlett (new)

Scarlett (scarlettletters) Fight Club. The book is excellent, but I believe the movie captures everything about the book while adding more to the characters, and it's not so unforgiving to Marla. Maybe it was due to the first person narration, but I much preferred her more sympathetic portrayal. It's just an overall perfect film (in my opinion), and the format is able to employ more subtlety then the book (I loved the little touches of Tyler showing up before he makes his actual appearance on the plane). Also believe I read somewhere the Chuck Palahniuk even prefers the movie....


message 43: by Kevin (new)

Kevin (imkevbo) Anyone see/like the movie Cloud Atlas?

I walked in unknowingly and was blown away.

I did read the book, which wasn't quite as moving, but more easily understood having seen the movie.


message 44: by Kevin (new)

Kevin (imkevbo) Martina wrote: "Me and Earl and the dying girl, the book is nice, but the film is far better"

I agree, didn't see the movie, but the book didn't much of anything for me at all!


message 45: by Kailey (new)

Kailey (kaileyrae_) | 2 comments 11/22/63 is a show, but it was just as amazing as the book. I still liked the book better obviously.


message 46: by Fiona (new)

Fiona (fionareadsbooks) | 14 comments Stardust by Neil Gaiman is equal, even better than the book. It's a very funny movie unlike the book which is quite melancholy (also the movie had a better ending). That being said the subtle fairy tale quality of the book is also very magical and the movie feels more like epic fantasy (think Narnia or LOTR).

Narnia's another one, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was way better than the book although they screwed up on later films.

And surprisingly I enjoyed The Martian more as a movie than a book. I think it's because the concept works the best as a movie where you see everything little detail instead of trying to figure out what the futuristic tech looks like.


message 47: by An (new)

An Blood and Chocolate is one of my all time favorite movies. The book is completely different, and I hated it so much I didn't finish it.

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message 48: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Marie Fight Club and Now is Good (originally Before I Die)


Konstantina✨️ (itskt) | 17 comments I think the chronicles of Narnia were really good films and they lived up to the book. The casting was on point too.

Did anybody hear about THE SILVER CHAIR MOVIE???!!!!


message 50: by Jen (last edited Oct 26, 2016 03:24AM) (new)

Jen (skipp) | 7 comments Howl's Moving Castle, one of my favourite movies, but I didn't enjoy the book at all, I had a friend who was the other way round, she loved the book so much, and was so disappointed by the film - they really are very different!

I think the next one will be a bit controversial...but anything by Thomas Pynchon. I have less of a love-hate relationship with his writing & more of a love-can't_stand kinda deal. Most attempts to read his books have ended in them being flung at walls/floors/inanimate objects & the only one I've finished to date is The Crying of Lot49 (which is mercifully short), I felt a bit conflicted, because whilst I was feeling frustrated & on edge & wanting to stop reading, I was thinking about how much I liked the really vivid way Pynchon writes colour and sound & all the way through I was picturing it as a surreal american film, something Kubrick might make à la A Clockwork Orange, thinking that it would be great on screen. & then Inherent Vice got made into a movie. Sadly I've only seen part of it, but that part was spot on, Pynchon's style works best on screen I think, even if the material....might not translate :/


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