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Any film adaptations that are better than the books?

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Walkthroughthefire Mon 11-Jan-16 16:26:09

I know it's a very rare case but have you ever thought a film as better than the book it was based on. Controversial, I know.

I've always thought Breakfast at Tiffany's was better and more recently, the Hunger Games.

I feel like I had another but I'm drawing a blank just now.

TheHiphopopotamus Mon 11-Jan-16 17:14:26

I thought the film Stardust was better than the book. It's not very often that happens, but it helps if I see the film first and then read the book, rather than the other way round otherwise it never lives up to expectations.

NatashaBolkonskaya Mon 11-Jan-16 17:25:52

Thirty five years ago, I thought the film of The French Lieutenant's Woman was better than the novel.
I'm not sure if I would still think so - I haven't watched the film for a long time.

DizzyDancer Mon 11-Jan-16 17:27:00

How I live now

The book is almost very childish and doesn't portray much seriousness

The film does

bigbadbarry Mon 11-Jan-16 17:27:28

I agree it is rare. I love the Lord of the rings films and found the books a slog. The only other one I can think of is the English patient.

rookiemere Mon 11-Jan-16 17:30:31

I wouldn't say it was better, but I thought that the film of Still Alice did at least match the book due to Julianne Moore's amazing performance.

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Mon 11-Jan-16 17:33:35

Bedknobs and Broomsticks which was still is one of my favourite films when I was little.

ComeLuckyApril Mon 11-Jan-16 17:38:34

Logan's Run (awful book!)
Mary Poppins (the books are so, so odd!)

FedUpWithBriiiiiick Mon 11-Jan-16 17:39:51

Agree with Breakfast at Tiffany's, OP. The novella was crapola.

Quogwinkle Mon 11-Jan-16 17:42:33

Oh yes, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is brilliant. Watched it with DS twice over Christmas on Netflix.

The Railway Children - just wonderful. Still makes me teary at the end.

ShowOfHands Mon 11-Jan-16 17:43:17

Most Nicholas Sparks.

I think Brokeback Mountain matches the novella for beauty too.

iklboo Mon 11-Jan-16 17:43:23

Bladerunner is SO much better than Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep.

iklboo Mon 11-Jan-16 17:43:58

Agree Mary Poppins. She's a right nasty piece in the books.

AristotlesTrousers Mon 11-Jan-16 17:44:08

Dr Zhivago.

bigbadbarry Mon 11-Jan-16 17:45:00

I loved the Mary Poppins books as a child, comelucky. Agree they are odd and the film is quite different.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Mon 11-Jan-16 17:46:25

Cloud Atlas. The book was so tedious but I loved the film.

fruityb Mon 11-Jan-16 17:46:50

Shawshank Redemption. The book ends with Red hoping he can get there, as he says in the film. But it's the scene where he walks towards him in the film that I adore which is missing from the book. It's otherwise a good adaptation save for the identity he sets up for himself and such.

We Need to Talk About Kevin.

Love the film but the book was just annoying

AgentCooper Mon 11-Jan-16 17:47:29

The Godfather - it misses out all the mad stuff in the book about the huge vagina.

Fractiousfractions Mon 11-Jan-16 17:48:50

Jaws. Terrible book, amazing film.

museumum Mon 11-Jan-16 17:48:57

Anything written by Philip K Dick makes a better film. His writing is just awful.

DontCallMeBaby Mon 11-Jan-16 17:48:58

Coraline - scarier than the book. It's not a bad book, and I love Neil Gaiman, but it doesn't paint the pictures the film does.

Walkthroughthefire Mon 11-Jan-16 17:51:55

Ooh yes, bladerunner
I might even say Peter Pan too!

IfItsGoodEnough4ShirleyBassey Mon 11-Jan-16 17:54:15

The novel of the Godfather is pulpy tosh, and the sex, as pp said is deeply hmm

YouBastardSockBalls Mon 11-Jan-16 17:55:15

LOTR as they cut out a lot of the boring stuff.

And The Shawshank Redemption as the story it's based on is quite short.

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