Is The Book Always Better Than The Movie? Maybe Not

“Ach, what’s the point in seeing it? The book is always better than the movie!”

While this might be a common refrain for any book-to-movie adaption it’s not always the case. Sometimes, a theme and idea can only be explained well when it’s put into an immediate visual format. Books need a certain understanding of the ideas being discussed to truly get it. for that reason, sometimes the movie can win out over the book.

“Like when!?” I hear you ask. Well, let me explain. Here are some examples of times when the movie might actually outstrip the written version.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Having seen the movie ahead of reading the book, I maybe done this in the wrong order. However, I feel like the movie putting a bit more of a spotlight on McMurphy is important, not least because it allows Jack Nicholson to be at his most outrageous best.

It’s a cracking movie, and the book is still good. I do like the alteration of the angle and dynamic, though, as it does make the perspective more on McMurphy than with Chief.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

While many find that the works of J.K. Rowling work as well on the page as they do the screen, I preferred the screen version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I just found that there was more to it, especially the fact that the movie fleshes out the kind of lack of proper storyline in the original book.

This makes it a bit more of a story than just an additional piece of lore for the Harry Potter universe. It’s very interesting to see some of the famous HP stuff taken on by new characters and locations.

Gone Girl

A controversial one for some, but I think the Gone Girl movie released in 2014 is better than the original novel by Gillian Flynn. The novel is a fine work, but I felt there was more of a race and a pulse setting fear to the movie.

The screen version just adds a bit more to guess and try to work out and around, which always makes it a bit more intriguing in the thriller industry. For me, at least.

To Kill A Mockingbird

As one of the first ‘great’ books I ever read, the book will always hold a place in my heart. However, I feel like the screen adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird might just trump the book. The 1962 film is a wonderful take on the book as it covers it in such a tough, visceral fashion.

The empathy and the power of the story is felt so incredibly well in the movie adaption. It’s a tremendous take on a brilliant book, and might just win over thanks to the amazing works of the likes of Gregory Peck.

There are some other good options out there that you might prefer ahead of the book – what do you think? What would you rather watch than read?

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