The book isn’t always better…
‘Frankenstein’ (1931) – Frankenstein remains my least favorite book of all time. The movie wasn’t too much better, but at least it was more interesting and Boris Karloff is awesome.
‘Mary Poppins’ (1964) – In the book, Mary Poppins is quite unpleasant and vain and I really don’t understand why so many children and adults found her appealing before the Disney film came out. Anyway, the movie is near and dear to my heart and I’m interested in the sequel that’s hitting theaters this year.
‘War Horse’ (2011) – A short, dull book into which Steven Spielberg breathed new life. (Plus, Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch sharing scenes? I rest my case.)
‘The Little Prince’ (2015) – Okay, so I do like the book. But it was a little strange and unintelligible (to me, at least) and while the movie is much the same, I like the new plot and Jeff Bridges’ voice acting and the aching (yet strangely hopeful) melancholy pervading almost every scene.
‘Brooklyn’ (2015) – The movie was a romantic gem, the book was long and boring.
‘How to Train Your Dragon’ (2010) – The book and the film don’t share much recognizable material between them, but I infinitely prefer the film. The book is comedic, I suppose, but the movie has comedy and heart. (And gorgeous music.)
‘Little Women’ (1994) – I really do like Little Women. But Louisa May Alcott’s writing tends to get on my nerves (so much moralizing!) and the 1994 film has a magical glow about it that never fails to move me. ❤
‘The Inheritance’ (1997) – Another Alcott novel, and this one is chock full of Elsie Dinsmore-like characters and plot points. The movie is a lot better, with a fine cast, good music, and a good story that feels more ‘inspired by’ rather than based on the book.
‘True Grit’ (2010) – Part of my liking the movie better than the book may have been because I watched the movie first and it followed the book so closely that the book’s sparse writing style made me feel like I was reading a script for the movie. Whatever the reason, I much prefer ‘True Grit’, the movie to True Grit, the book.
‘Little Dorrit’ (2008) – Partly cheating, because it’s a miniseries, but the book is as long as a miniseries, so it works. I like how certain characters (especially John) were presented better on screen than on page. And this version is really special to me personally, so there’s that.
What are some movies you prefer to the books they’re based on?