As long as books have been made into movies, readers have been disappointed.
Hollywood always manages to cut out your favorite part. What happened to Hermione’s iconic S.P.E.W. movement in the 4th Harry Potter book? And they always cast the wrong characters. Annabelle from Percy Jackson was supposed to be blonde, and Margot from Paper Towns was described as short and curvy, but yet, a tall supermodel played her.
However, every now and then, Hollywood acquire an adaptation and doesn’t mess it up. In fact, they may have even made it…better?
It’s rare, but it can happen. So, is the book always better? In the case of these five movies, no.
1. The Devil Wears Prada
- First of all, Meryl Streep. Just, Meryl Streep. She’s amazing. Everything she does is amazing. Her facial expressions are iconic. She’s able to land one-liners with such precision that they’re still burned into my memory.
- Second of all, the Devil Wears Prada is a story about the high fashion, so the film has the advantage of actually getting to show the audience all the stylish designs.
- I’m sorry, did I mention Meryl Streep??
2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Okay, The Fantastic Mr. Fox is a cute kid’s book. Roald Dahl was a master. I’m just biased, because I love Wes Anderson. The film adaptation was directed by Anderson, and the stop-motion production matches the charm of the kid’s books.
- The fox is voiced by George Clooney. And the fox’s wife is voiced by Meryl Streep. (I really like Meryl Streep.)
- The film is bright, funny, and attracts a bigger audience than just kids. The book isn’t at all bad, but the movie edges it out just a little.
3. The Notebook
- Spark’s novels are adorable and sappy, but The Notebook manages to cut some of the swoon and add a dose of genuineness that entrances viewers.
- The on-screen chemistry between Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling is perfect.
- The vintage outfits and visual settings help ground the movie in the overwhelming emotion of love.
- Again, the book was good, but the movie was a little bit better.
4. Pitch Perfect
- This movie is HILARIOUS.
- So I’m cheating a little bit here, because the original book this was inspired by was a nonfiction book about a capellas, but still.
- Since a movie has sound, it can actually show, you know, actual a capellas. That brings a new level of entertainment.
- A movie can be turned into GIFs. Pitch Perfect is made to be turned into GIFs.
5. Breakfast At Tiffany’s
- Again, I’m cheating a little here, because Breakfast At Tiffany’s was actually a short story first, not a novel, but that doesn’t change the fact that the movie is better.
- As I previously mentioned, bad casting can sink a movie. But a good casting can make it soar, and Audrey Hepburn’s role in Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of those castings.
- You can’t take your eyes off of Audrey in this movie. She is elegant, manipulative, beautiful, and impulsive. Her facial expressions. Her sadness. Her laugh. Her outfits. Everything about her is iconic.
- This movie is better because Audrey Hepburn is apart of it. End of story.