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For whatever reason, the list of adaptations that I could come up with was pretty short. I eliminated Harry Potter, because I try very hard not to include Harry Potter or books by John Green (or really, anything I have evangelical zeal about at this point) in my top 10 lists in order to give other books a chance.
So I have three categories. A: The Movie Was Better; B: The Book Was Better; and, C: I Like them Both
The Movie Was Better
- Scott Pilgrim – I don’t know what my problem with the graphic novels was, but I enjoyed the movie a lot more.
- Kick Ass – See Scott Pilgrim
- Beautiful Creatures – My problem with the book was it was a lots of tell and not a lot of show. And the lemons. Good lord, the lemons. The movie wasn’t great for me, and it was definitely a movie for those who have read the book, but at least it didn’t go on and on about the bloody lemons.
- World War Z – Because the book is written like non-fiction, and I’m not a big fan of non-fiction, I got bored about halfway through. That’s really more about me as a reader than it is about the quality of the book.
The Book Was Better
- Hitchhiker’s Guide – Oh, this one is so complicated I should do a video about how understanding the universe of the Hitchhiker’s Guide must be akin to the effects of a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster.
- The Lightning Thief – Tell me this: how much more interesting is the story when the trio can’t DRIVE across the country? I’ll give you an answer: infinitely.
- Flowers for Algernon – This made-for-TV movie was just terrible. But it’s still a fantastic story.
I Like Them Both Equally
- Perks of Being a Wallflower – You can’t miss when the author writes the movie. Sure scenes were left out and things changed a little, but how hard is it to take an epistolary novel and turn it into a movie, anyway? Very different formats, very different media.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory / Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl FTW. That’s all I need to say abou that.
- Matilda – My only question is this: Why is the Trunchbull the only person in the movie who is English? Just curious.
- Fight Club – When I saw this movie, I didn’t know it was a book. When I found out it was a book, I immediately went out and purchased it. Both are amazing. This is probably my favorite novel that is not YA.