I think most books are better than the movie. But there are exceptions...
Exception #1: Bambi
Actually, come to think of it, I didn't care for either the book nor the movie, but the music in the movie made it more bearable than the book.
Exception #2: 101 Dalmatians
Let's be clear. The animated version was better than the book. If I'm comparing the live-action movie to the book – the book was better.
EDITED: Cathy from Curious as a Cathy convinced me that I was judging the live-action to harshly. So, new answer - both the animated and the live-action movies were better than the book.
Exception #3: Princess Diaries
Love love LOVED the movie series. The book series? Not so much.
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I really enjoyed the movie and the book. They are very different, but both are very enjoyable. The illustrations in the book are outstanding, and the movie had great one-liners. Both plots were only OK.
OK, this is not a fair comparison (see what I did there?). First the book is in play format, so it's hard to say that the movie, which basically produced the play, was better. Except, the movie did have a different ending from the book, so I'm going to count it. I actually liked both equally. Shaw spends quite a long paragraph explaining why his ending makes the most sense, but I think both the book and the movie have good satisfying endings for different reasons. In the end, (how did I get so punny?) I think each ending is appropriate for the format and intended audience/reader.
Exception #6: Princess Bride
Hands down both the book and movie are BRILLIANT! I love the fake foreword, extra internal dialogue, and nod to anachronism in the book. But the ad lib and characterization that the actors brought to the movie is phenomenal. You have to experience both! (By the way, my all-time favorite scene is in both.) PS: This DVD cover reads upside down and right side up. How cool is that!
I liked both. Both the movie and the book were genre benders. Just go watch the movie and read the book. In either order. They are both great.
Exception #8: Grapes of Wrath
Confession: I had to read the book and watch the 1940 movie in high school. This is another example of the two endings differing wildly. In the end of the book, there's a scene that NEVER could be shown on screen in the forties. But the movie ended with a hopeful tableau that would have felt shallow in the book. So, both ending stand, sending a similar message of what it means to be human, to be American in the 1930s. Thus both the movie and the book pull the heart strings in distinctively powerful ways.
Another caveat: the 1971 live-action version was at least as good as the book. When comparing all other movie versions to the book, the book was better.
Exception #10: Matilda
The 1996 movie definitely rivaled the book, if for no other reason than this joke -
Matilda: It's a lovely book called Moby Dick.
Anyway, those are my top ten exceptions. What do you think? Did I miss one? Do you disagree with any of them? Let me know in the comments!
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go watch a book. I mean, read a movie.
Well, you know what I mean...
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