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Book better than movie

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by joe, May 14, 2014.

  1. joe

    joe Active Member

    Not as easy, perhaps, as movies better than books, but still plenty. A partial list:

    To Kill a Mockingbird (damn close)
    East of Eden
    We Were Soldiers Once ... And Young
  2. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Forrest Gump.
  3. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Wait, what? Almost every classic novel that's been adapted would qualify.
  4. 93Devil

    93Devil Well-Known Member

    I think the thread title is backwards.

    I have never read the short story that Shawshank Redemption is based, but it needs to be spectacular to top the movie.
  5. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Black Hawk Down
    50 Shades of Grey
  6. dreunc1542

    dreunc1542 Active Member

    Yeah, this should be far easier. The book is better than the movie the majority of the time, at least if it was a good book.
  7. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I think the LOTR movies are far, FAR better than the books (and I love the books).

    But so much of the books are people walking, walking, walking, walking. Did you really need 500 pages for Frodo to get from Hobbiton to Rivendell?
  8. ColdCat

    ColdCat Well-Known Member

    There's a lot more rape
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Godfather I and II were way better than Puzo's book, which is a pot-boiler of massive dimensions.
    Despite many tries, nobody has succeeded in making a credible movie version of "The Great Gatsby."
  10. SFIND

    SFIND Well-Known Member

    I too don't think it's rare for a book to be better than a movie. It's usually the general consensus that most books are superior to their movie adaptions.

    Speaking of Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises comes to mind. I saw a 50's adaption once, and it didn't do the book justice. Hurts when you have a bunch of 40 year-olds playing 20 somethings.
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Money Ball
  12. X-Hack

    X-Hack Active Member

    Bonfire of the Vanities. Still a great book and Wolfe's only novel that wasn't an unwieldy mess (though I enjoyed "Man in Full" and would have liked to have seen a film version). Movie was an atrocity.
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