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This week’s F&F question: Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?
Much to my chagrin, there are a couple of movies that were better than the books. NOT many, though! I had to really think hard about this because my go-to answer for this question is…”The book is always better than the movie!”
Most of the movies I think are better than the books are classics. I really think it’s a hang up on my part. I read for enjoyment and if the language is too flowery or antiquated, I have a really hard time staying engaged. In movies they tend to use body language to address this issue and it clears everything right up for me.
Ok, ok I know you want me to break down and list some of the ones I’m talking about. Here goes…
Anything by Jane Austen!
Anything by Shakespeare!
Tom Jones – Henry Fielding
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
Dracula – Bram Stoker
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
Don’t judge me too harshly! I will say this…As far as recent books (written in the last couple of decades), I can’t think of one movie that tops the book. That is my middle of the road answer for the week. 🙂