Peace, Love, Books & Movies

By: Sarah

It's no surprise that two of my favorite things in the entire world are books and movies. So, when a book is made into a movie, I feel one of two things:


In most cases, the book is better than the movie. But a few times, I wind up liking the movie better. This isn't something that happens often, so when it does, I remember it. The movie really has to be something special for me to like it better than the book.

That being said, I thought I'd share some book and movie combos and which I enjoyed more.

Books I Liked Better than their Movie Remake:

The Rum Diary
by Hunter S. Thompson (Directed by Bruce Robinson)
Ok. I ADORE Hunter Thompson. He made a huge impact on journalism and his words in this book are fantastic. However, those words were not eloquently translated to screen. Johnny Depp was not the right actor for this roll. I was super unimpressed and let down by this movie.

Percy Jackson: The Lightning Thief
by Rick Riordan (Directed by Chris Columbus)
This movie was the classic case of leaving too much of the book out. And, come on, Chris Columbus ... the book was only like 300 pages.

The Spectacular Now
by Tim Tharp (Directed by James Ponsoldt)
I had HIGH hopes for this movie. So high, in fact, that I went out and bought the book first. And devoured it. I should have stopped at the book. I was so let down by this movie. Everything about it seemed awesome and everything about it was the opposite. Except maybe the soundtrack. I've talked more in depth about this one. Click here to read that.

Movie Remakes I Liked Better than their Book:

Fight Club
by Chuck Palahniuk (Directed by David Fincher)
I actually saw this movie before I read the book. Both are fantastic, but there was just something about seeing this one come to life that was a bit stronger than the actual book. Even Palahniuk commented that the movie was an improvement on his work. It's that awesome.

The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Directed by Baz Luhrmann)
I hate The Great Gatsby. I know, I know, shocker. It seems like it's everyone's favorite classic. Basically, I have a huge problem with how Fitzgerald portrays his female characters. And I really hate all the characters in this novel. I could talk about this for hours, but I'll save that for another post someday. Despite the lackluster characters, I do appreciate this work and find the story interesting. So, seeing it come to life, all lavish and wonderful and Leonardo DiCaprio-esque, made it much more enjoyable for me.

Books and Movie Remakes I Liked Equally:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky (Directed by Stephen Chbosky)
When a book is written and it's movie is directed by the same person, I feel like it has to be wonderful. And this movie was. It did not disappoint in any way.

Harry Potter
series by J.K. Rowling (Directed by Chris Columbus/David Yates)
If you don't know by now, I love everything Harry Potter. That's all I really need to say.

What are some book/movie combos you like/dislike?

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