Opinion

Good books 10, good movie versions nil

Has there ever been a movie which surpassed the book?
Has there ever been a movie which surpassed the book? Trevor Veale

OPINION: Why is the book always better than the movie?

I've been contemplating this important topic for a while now.

Of course it's almost as bad when you see a movie and it's not just worse, but completely different to the book it is "based" on.

After watching I Am Legend a few weeks ago, I downloaded the book on my iPhone and gave it a read.

Of course, there are certain similarities between the movie and book, but honestly, they are few and far between.

Many years ago I waited excitedly to see Looking for Alibrandi, the movie based on the book of the same name by Melina Marchetta.

The book was practically a rite of passage when I was growing up and remains one of my favourite novels.

The movie? Not so much.

The book ends on a positive note, but it's not conventional; the guy doesn't get the girl, or the girl doesn't get the guy in this particular instance.

But (spoiler alert) the movie caves in to the traditional happy ending, much to my disgust.

Stephen King is another favourite author of mine.

The translations of his novels to the screen have to be some of the most hit and miss efforts in movie history.

There are classics, such as The Shining, Misery, Stand By Me and Carrie, brought to life meticulously and with some effort made to be true to the books they were derived from.

But there have been some real duds, including Salem's Lot, Silver Bullet and Pet Sematary.

Has there ever been a movie which surpassed the book?

If there is any you can think of please tell me, because I'm drawing a blank.

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