Monday, 17 August 2015

5 Movie Adaptations That Are Better Than the Books

I'm sorry, but it's true; sometimes a book gets adapted for the big screen and the movie ends up being way better than the book ever was. It pains me to say it, but it happens. So, here are five movies that are better than their original books. All of these are well worth the watch, but you should still read the books first if you can - everyone's different!


If you've read my review of The DUFF, it'll be no surprise to you that I thought the book was a bit... meh. Luckily, the movie was funnier, wittier and far more enjoyable for me. In fact, I'd say it's on the same level as Mean Girls, and that's one of my favourite films! The plot differed a lot to that of the book, but I saw it as a good thing and I'd happily watch this time and time again.

I actually have the DVD to give away to one of you later in this post! And if you'd rather just buy it, the DVD is out today and also available to download. It's definitely worth the watch.

The Fault in Our Stars

...Yeah. There, I said it, I thought the film was better than the book. I love John Green's work, mostly, but I've always found it difficult to imagine the characters because they're always teenagers who spout profound sayings and quote entire passages from old books. And, really... who does that? The film, to me, made it seem much more realistic and it was also a lot more emotional. Plus, Shailene and Ansel are great actors.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This is my least favourite Harry Potter book. I wonder if anyone else feels the same? It didn't grab me at all, and I remember being bored a lot of the time. The film, however, was excellent, just like all the others. *lovingly strokes box set*

Alice in Wonderland

I know, I know... such a classic, and yet I've never enjoyed the book, despite having read it more than once over the years. Please don't hate me. The Tim Burton adaptation is magical, though, isn't it?

The Chronicles of Narnia

Well, if you didn't hate me before, you definitely do now. Honestly, I was given the box set of these books years ago and, whilst I loved the first one, I wasn't a massive fan of the others. I might give them another go at some point, but for now I much prefer the films.

Now, about The DUFF... do you want the DVD? Of course you do, and if you're a UK resident then you're in luck because I have one to give away! Good luck. :)

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Is there a movie adaptation you prefer to the book it's based on?


  1. Have to agree with your choices! I would also add Lord of the Rings to that list - while I do like the books I'm always skipping the pages upon pages singing!

  2. None of these are on my list, but then again, except for the Harry Potter, I haven't read any of these books.

  3. I've not yet seen The Duff movie but I really loved the book - didn't expect to at all! My least favourite Harry Potter book is #2. I don't know if the film makes it any better haha.

    Great post Amber!

  4. I agree with your choice of Narnia- I thought the books were meh but the films were really good!!! xxx

  5. So with you on Alice in Wonderland. I had to teach it to children in Year 6. Try teaching a book which doesn't make sense (and the bits that do were in-jokes 100 years ago) to children who struggle with comprehension. Ugh.

  6. I completely agree with the majority of this list! I have always thought that Submarine by Joe Dunthorne was much more likeable on the big screen. It is a very well written book and I love it very much but the film is so visually attractive and I do prefer it.


  7. Yes to Alice in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia! I'm about to read The DUFF so I can watch the movie so I'm intrigued to see what it's like now. P.S Have you heard about Alice and The Looking Glass yet? I'm super excited for that!! Great list :)

  8. I'd also say The Maze Runner! I didn't like the book at all (it was a DNF) but I loved the movie :)

  9. I agree with you about Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and The Fault in Our Stars. Actually, I haven't read The Fault in Our Stars, I've only seen the film. I know everyone seems to love the book but the idea didn't really click with me, however it looked like it would work better as a film (and in my opinion it did!). I really enjoyed the Narnia films... such good entertainment! Great post :-)

  10. FINALLY I have found someone who feels the same about The Fault in Our Stars!! I could not relate to the characters for exactly that reason, even though I loved the movie!

    This was such a fun post :) Xo

    Nihaad - the little blog of STUFF

  11. I haven't read any of these books, but I did enjoy Narnia and the DUFF. Often times movies work out better than the books because they fit so much into the script and nothing is dragged out like in the book.

  12. What you said about the book of The Fault in our Stars is exactly what stopped me from watching it. In light of this, I may need to check it out!

    I also totally agree with Narnia. I read up to the Horse and his Boy and it never really grabbed me... (It doesn't help that Susan was my favourite and she got ousted pretty harshly). The movie, however, seemed much more magical (thank you CGI) and fantastical to me.

    I actually liked Alice in Wonderland, but I do prefer the darker adaptations, like Tim Burton's film and the American McGee's Alice games. If you liked the Burton film, you might like the Looking Glass Wars books by Frank Beddor, actually. It's a very dark Wonderland and strikes me as quite Burtonesque...

  13. I agree with a few of these! The DUFF and Chronicles of Narnia.

    I liked The DUFF book but I LOVED LOVE LOVED the movie.

    As for Narnia, I'm not even a big fan of the books. They're just not my style. But I like the movie.

    Same for Lord of the Rings. I LOVE the Lord of the Rings world, story, and universe, but for the life of me I can't concentrate when trying to get through the books. They feel stale and emotionless, whereas the movie really brings in a whole new later of emotion and intensity that I never felt in the books.

  14. Narnia 100%!! I havent seen or read The Duff but the film does look great :)

  15. I've not read lost of the books for these movies, I've read all of HP, that's about it. My favourite adaptation has to be LOTR, it's been a while since I last read the books but I would much rather watch the movie, we all need a nice looking elf or two in our lives ;)

  16. Great post! I completely agree with the Chronicles of Narnia! I was completely bored with the books, but the movies were all amazing! And the Goblet of Fire was one of my favorite movies, and favorite books:)

  17. Completely agree with Goblet of Fire - that's my least favourite book and film in the series, but still, the film was SO much better, and I feel that for a few of the HP films.
    I adore The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe but couldn't get into the book. The film just feels so much more magical.

  18. Amber- I watched the video you posted on your Facebook vis-à-vis your appearance on Sky News. I never saw this news story, but I just want to say that you were so brave for doing it. Well done!

  19. I completely agree with you on the DUFF - I thought the book was a let-down but I really enjoyed the movie! I'd also add Skipping Christmas by John Grisham - it's so cold and Luther Krank is horrible, Christmas With the Kranks was much more fun! And Mrs. Doubtfire - the movie is brilliant but the book is awful, it has no soul!