There are some things in life us book bloggers or book lovers try to turn a blind eye to. We try to ignore these things happen. Why? Because this basically breaks our fragile hearts. Being able to say “the book was so much better” is one of the great things of being a book lover. But what do you do when you’re sitting there, watching the movie, and thinking: “damn, this is actually better than the book.”
Do we admit it? Do we try to make excuses? Here are some book-to movie adaptations that I think are actually better than their books.
There are quite some adaptations that I like about as much as the book. The adaptations that weren’t bad. But that’s not what this post is about (I have done two posts on good adaptations: Movies and TV). This post is about the movies that were better. The movies that I would take over the book any day, which is saying something.
First of all, The Maze Runner. It’s not a secret that I didn’t like the trilogy in book format. I did read all of them, but I had to truly push myself to finish them. But then one of my friends asked me to go to the Maze Runner movie with him last year. And I figured, why not? I didn’t like the book, but the trailer looked promising. Plus, I’d see about anything that has Dylan O’Brien in it. I was so pleasantly surprised! I actually really loved the movie. I still have to go watch The Scorch Trials, but I will definitely do so. So yes, if you (like me) didn’t like the books, go ahead and give the movie a try!
Secondly, The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Don’t get me wrong here: I absolutely love the books. It’s one of my favorite fantasy series, even though they aren’t easy to read at all. But the movies, they hold just such a special place in my heart. I think it’s really the first big fantasy series I watched on TV (because when the first one was released, I was only 7 years old. Oh god, it’s been 14 YEARS since movie #1 was released??). I think I started watching them when The Return on the King was released, which would’ve been when I was 9? I think that’s around the time I started watching them. And I fell in love. Together with Harry Potter, they inspired my love for fantasy. And while I think the books are great, the movies are just out of this world. I love every aspect of them: the scenery, the casting, the adaptation itself, the music. Everything.
But here is the tough bit. Am I the only one who feels like it’s sort of blasphemy to admit you liked the movie/TV adaptation better? Is is shameful for book lovers to admit that the story could have a better medium? We often say that the book was better, because let’s be real, in most cases it is. Looking at you, Percy Jackson (although I do love Logan Lerman).
Maybe it’s because I don’t know many people in my daily life who love to read. So when an adaptation is made, saying “the book is better” could be a way to get people to read. Like we’re protecting this amazing medium so many people forget about. Like we’re holding our precious books to our chest, claiming that nothing is better (hello, most of the time that’s true). So do we feel defeated when we like the movie better? Do we feel like we’ve let our books down? Or the community? It seems weird to me, even though I also feel that way, because shouldn’t we be happy that the film crew did such an amazing job on adapting it?
Why do you think it’s so hard for a book lover to admit when a movie adaptation is better? Is there anyone else out there who feels a bit “bad” admitting they liked the movie/TV show better? I’d love to hear your opinions!