The Book is Always Better Than The Movie
(if the book came first)
Here's the list! Some of these are quality movies as well; look at the listings.
- Shawshank Redemption, one of the best movies ever, is actually
from the book Four Seasons by Stephen King. It's a great
book, plus you get three more stories. Not his usual horror-yucky stuff, either,
although it is pure King for you fans.
- Foxfire is an adaptation of the book by the same title by
Joyce Carol Oates. This is a really good book about a bunch of
girls who form a gang for the simple reason that they're tired of
being seen as nothing just 'cos they're girls.
- Mrs. Doubtfire was adapted from the book Alias
Madam Doubtfire by Anne Fine. The movie is very funny
and very sad, and the book is quite similar in plot and sentiment.
- Cry, the Beloved Country, which I haven't seen, is an
excellent book by Alan Paton about South Africa. Not just your
usual "oh what a horrible thing!" story - Paton's style in Cry is very
interesting. I also read Too Late the Phalarope, also by Paton
about South Africa; it has a very different feel to it, but try it if
you like S.A. books.
- Fried Green Tomatoes is a hilarious book by Fanny
Flagg. Also, see the full booklist
for more books by Flagg (such as Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man, which
had me on the ground laughing).
- The Power of One was based (loosely) on the book of the
same title by Bryce Courtenay. It's the story of a young
English boy growing up in South Africa among Afrikaaners who torment
him. Let me tell you, this book is much better than the movie.
It's unbelievable. Read it.
- Trainspotting is a movie just about every teenager has seen (if you haven't, do);
I borrowed the book (by Irvine Welsh) from a friend, and it's very cool too. It's
written the way the Scottish kids talk, though, so it's a bit
difficult to adjust to, but once you get into it it's awesome. Another
tricky thing about the book is the fact that the narrator switches
from chapter to chapter - it'll be Sick Boy, then switch to Mark, then
on to the others. This occurs without warning, so it's a bit confusing
at first trying to figure out who's talking. But it's well worth the
time it takes to read it.
- Any book by John Grisham is better by far than the movie. Ok, so these
aren't great literature or anything, but they're entertaining. The movie
The Firm absolutely butchered the book; it cut out the best parts.
- Any book by John Steinbeck surpasses any movie made of it, although
some of the movies out there are pretty damn good. Of Mice and Men
was a good movie; the book is also excellent. My other (book) Steinbeck
favorite is The Grapes of Wrath.
- A Clockwork Orange is one where i've seen the movie but not
read the book. I got the book for Christmas, so it will be read in the
future; however, for the time being, the movie is well done but very
disturbing, and i'm sure the book is the same way. (The first page is
That's all for now, kids. If you've seen a movie and read the book and
you'd like to tell me about it,