Whenever we watch movies that are based on books, the most common review is that the book is always better than the movie. So, we’ve compiled a short list of movies that are actually better than the books they are based on. These are all according to reviews on the internet.
The Devil Wears Prada
With Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in a movie, it seems like a guarantee that you’re going to watch a good one. The movie which was based on the same title written by Lauren Weisberger obviously changed many subplots. Blogger ingeofwonderland shared: “I somewhat enjoyed reading the book, but I don’t feel like I’ve really learned anything extra from it – the movie portrayed everything splendidly. You bet your size six ass that the movie is victorious.”
Another reader and moviegoer Nilufar87 said: “I couldn’t finish the book the first time I got my hands on it. I found it awful. I then somehow got forced into watching the movie and it was like night and day. I enjoyed it from the beginning, and then I finished the book hoping it ended better. It didn’t. I will always recommend the movie over the book any day!”
The Hunger Games
When the first installment of this movie series came out, almost everyone got easily hooked to the movie. It’s not the same as the books, though. The basic difference between the two platforms was that in the book, the story was told only from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen. Unlike in the movie where we see several scenes showing how each character was motivated to do what they had to. The appearance of the characters also differs much from what was described in the movie. There is actually a long list of differences which you can check out on the internet. The bottom line is the movie seems to be better than the book and it largely depended on how Jennifer Lawrence portrayed the role.
Katey Rich of Cinemablend said: “Lawrence’s performance is what it all relies on, and it’s not just that she makes the movie possible, it’s that she elevates a beloved character beyond what most of us knew. Her Katniss is not a different person than the one from the books, but a better version of her, equally tough and emotional and relatable but without all the internal monologue to drive us crazy.”
The Perks of Being A Wallflower
Just like the Hunger Games, the book version of this novel by Stephen Chbosky was written in a one-sided format through the protagonist, Charlie. In its film adaptation, the story was more open as we see it from an outside perspective without compromising the secrecy of handwritten letters.
The movie stars are a big factor in giving more life to the characters of the film, especially Charlie, Patrick, and Sam. According to a viewer, “The characters had more life in the movie version, maybe because all of them were cast perfectly. In the book, Charlie’s narrative is very vague and it’s hard to move past him to understand the other characters. The movie felt more genuine and never fails to make me cry. “
There’s no question as to how great Nicolas Sparks is when writing romance novels like The Notebook. His books are always on the best-seller list. Of course, the book was amazing. Yet, you don’t really need to read it (if you’re not a book enthusiast) to appreciate the film. According to Free Book Summary, “…the film takes one through every emotion imaginable… the emotional response automatically takes a toll on someone.”
Another viewer commented: “It was honestly such a slow-going book with so much unnecessary detail. The movie, on the other hand, did such a good job of telling the story clearly.”
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
The recent Netflix film was a sure hit, especially to the millennials. Most of them don’t even know it was adapted from the book written by Jenny Han. The book, of course, was good and the movie adaptation live up to it with some changes that made it more brilliant. One highlight was the ending of the film which dipped into the plot of its sequel, P.S. I Still Love You.
Although, a number of people think the movie can stand on its own. One said: “As an avid reader, I try to and finish all books no matter how much I dislike them but I legit couldn’t finish To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. The plot had a lot of potentials, but Lara Jean was so poorly written and spoke like a 10-year-old. The film, however, did an amazing job of telling the story and the casting was spot on.”
Another one praised the film, “Hands down the best book-to-movie I’ve ever seen.”