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This week’s topic:
Are there any book to movie adaptations where you think the movie is better than the book?
Certainly! I have the ability to separate the two mediums, and often the film has to be told in a different way because it’s a completely different medium, so often when people ask me ‘which was better’ I explain that by necessity they are different, and it’s difficult and unfair to compare.
However I am very vocal when it comes to disagreeing with people that ‘the book is always better.’ Uh, no. Here are my top three ‘the film is better than the book’ films:
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. All three of them. Boring assed, dry, textbook-like books. Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh were absolute geniuses at deciding what the keep and what to toss (Tom Bombadil, for example). Changing Shelob’s place in the films and moving Boromir’s death are also awesome moves that made the film better by upping the stakes and giving actual climaxes. Having a sexy young cast like 18 year old Elijah Wood instead of someone in their 30s or 50s playing Frodo. All of these are good ideas.
Sex and the City. I barely remember the book, that’s how bad it was. And yes, it’s more like the TV was based on the book and the film based on the TV show, but yeah. The book wasn’t even really fiction – it wasn’t linear, not a good story overall. More like a bunch of collected thoughts serialised week by week. A disjointed collection of reminiscences. This does not a good book make. The film, which shared nothing with the book except a few characters and a name, was infinitely better.
The Silence of the Lambs. The book was pretty awful. I hated the film and never want to see it ever again, but it was still better than the book. And I say that as someone who hates horror films.