On principle alone, I will usually vote for the book. It’s a theory that has done me well over the years, and it very rarely fails me. But every once in a while, a movie will surprise me. Below are all the books I’ve read that were turned into movies. I will score each one about who did it better. Be sure to let me know in the comments which ones you agree (or disagree) with!
The Stand by Stephen King
Movie, hands down. Now before Mr. King comes to my house with a shotgun, let me explain. The basic storylines were awesome in both. One character, only one, made the difference for me. Nick, played by the wonderful Rob Lowe, was such a dick in the book that I just couldn’t justify his character.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
I have to admit, Jennifer Lawrence did an amazing job as Katniss in these movies, so after much deliberation, I have to give it a tie. This is the thing I tell people: watch the movie, so you can appreciate them for what they are: awesome movies. Then after, read the books. The books give much more thought into Katniss, and it’s much easier to understand her and the other characters.
The Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer
Two words, Kristen Stewart. I’m sorry, but they couldn’t have found a worse actress to play Bella. She was so irritating, and bland that I couldn’t enjoy any of the movies. Well, that’s not entirely true. I enjoy her as a vampire (sorry, spoiler alert) but that’s about it. I would seriously read the books over and over and over. I actually have. I love the interaction between Bella and Edward in the books, and I love how he changes from being so tormented to actually enjoying his life because of his love for Bella. The movies just don’t show any of that. It’s irritating.
The Host by Stephanie Meyer
Ok, so the casting people in the Twilight series might have messed up a little bit, but they didn’t do as bad a job in The Host. I thought the casting was wonderful. This book to movie gets a tie. Again, the book gives more insight into the actual character, but the movie was really enjoyable. The girl they got to play Melinda was amazing. It really seemed like she was speaking to someone else in her mind. It’s really easy to love her as a character.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Book, hands down, wins. They changed so much for the movie that while it was awesome, I would rather read the book. I’m sure a LOT of people will agree. The characters were basically the same, but they changed a lot about the storyline, and it just didn’t make much sense to me. It seemed to me they traded story for special effects. If I wanted that, I’d watch The Matrix for the millionth time.
Eaters of the Dead (or The 13th Warrior) by Michael Crichton
Wow, not only did they change the story TONS, but they even changed the name of the movie!!! I was so disappointed in the movie I couldn’t finish it, but the book I devoured in about 2 days.
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
The movie was good, the book was better. I enjoyed the movie, but when I went behind the movie and read the book from whence it came, I enjoyed it so much more.
I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Wow, the book was so good! I was so sad when the sequel wasn’t forthcoming. No surprise when the movie kind of flopped. Movie makers are known to take poetic license, but these movie makers should have been fired.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
OMG, don’t even get me started on this movie. Even the TV show was horrible! They changed so much they shouldn’t have even been allowed to call it by the same name! The book was amazing, though! I highly recommend the entire series.
The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
If we’re talking about the BBC version from back in the 90s, I have to say it was pretty awesome. They kept close to the story, kept pretty close the characters, and the lady who played the White Witch? AWESOME. I was really excited when the newer ones came out, and was just as disappointed when the movie turned out to be horrible.
The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
Holy Crap. this movie, ya’ll. I just can’t even. the book was really entertaining, but when they decided to make a movie, they decided to completely throw out the book and start from scratch. You can barely tell it’s the same story.
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
This book was made into a movie back in the 90s: called The Haunting. I loved the movie, and watch it over and over. Then I found out it had originally been a book (seriously, hollywood? can you be original at all?) so I grabbed the audiobook and gave it a shot. I enjoyed it. Not as much as I enjoyed watching a house try to eat people, but the book was really enjoyable. May have to grab the paper book at some point and give that a shot too.
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
Ok, I can’t even. I just can’t. The book was SO GOOD. Then the movie makers didn’t want to piss anyone off, and wanted to be polically correct, so they changed the movie SO MUCH. I was so unhappy with the movie, that anytime anyone mentions it, I get on my soapbox and preach about what a horrible movie it was.
Ok, what did you think of this list? Any you want to add to it? Any you want to take away? Any recommendations you can make? Except The Fault in Our Stars. Saw the movie and BAWLED so much I just couldn’t bring myself to read the book. Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time, bookworms!