Many will argue that books are better than movies. Why is this? Mostly because you can use your own imagination to visualize the setting, what the characters look like, and the important details in a scene. The writing generally lends itself to vivid descriptions to help you make the story your own. 


I can remember a book in college that I was assigned to read, Like Water for Chocolate. The book had great detail. I recall that I couldn’t put it down. I had visualized every part of the story, including very vivid images of the characters. The book became a quick favorite and I could barely wait to watch the movie. 


The movie was all wrong. The characters looked different. Details were missing. The setting was completely different. It was not at all what I had visualized. The movie itself was entertaining and well received. But this was not MY movie. 


I believe the personalization one can do by reading a book is what drives people to generally enjoy a book so much more. Don’t get me wrong, fabulous movies have been created based on books. This was an example of a great movie. But it was not MY movie. If you are like me, it is a must to read a book first so I have that experience of creating my own version of the movie. 


Check out some of these examples of books to movies and do the comparison. Are there any examples of a time you thought the movie was better than the book?


American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

The Shining by Stephen King

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

White Oleander by Janet Fitch

Posted on October 12, 2020

by Aimee Meier

Aimee Meier

Aimee Meier

Aimee is our UX and Trainer, but not the type that makes you skinny or buff. She has been a trainer for nearly 15 years, with a focus in technology. She is also a coffee-drinker, audiobook addict, mom, and cat collector. Much of her spare time is spent in a gym watching volleyball. She escapes to a beach or pool whenever she can. She is also a soup making champion as she has won the library’s soup-off competition two years in a row!
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