Books versus Movies

Books versus Movies

Many people tout the idea that the book is always better than the movie, and honestly, I used to be one of them. With age and (hopefully) a little wisdom, I’ve acquired the ability to separate the two art forms and see each for its own merits, and sometimes the movie really is better (gasp).


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Even though the movie has an amazing cast and hilarious moments, the book is much better.

Game of Thrones – Sci-fi and fantasy are all about letting your imagination run wild, which the books encourage. The new HBO series sticks close to the books, but at times can leave the uninitiated scratching their heads.


A Clockwork Orange – The book is both solid and visionary, but the film adaptation is a masterpiece.

V for Vendetta – Though it’s one of the better graphic novels I’ve picked up, the movie is still one of my favorites.


Interview with the Vampire – I’m no vampire fan girl, but this book and film are true classics.

White Oleander – Both the book and movie versions are dark, beautiful and well-worth checking out.

Written by: Colleen

2 comments on Books versus Movies. Leave your comment below.

  1. Staci Foss

    Ever seen the BBC mini-series of Hitchhiker’s Guide? It was on PBS in the 80′s. BTW, the Harry Potter books are way better than the movies, with the possible exception of the last movie. What do you think?

  2. Colleen

    I’ll have to check out the BBC Hitchhiker’s Guide… I hope it’s on Netflix! As for Harry Potter, I like them both for different reasons. The books are much more rich and descriptive, but the casting for the movies was so perfect. I actually imagined Maggie Smith (as Mrs. Metlock in The Secret Garden) as Professor McGonagall when I was reading the books. But given the choice between the books and the movies? I’d go with the books :)

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