Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Movies That Are Better Than The Book

Publisher's Weekly had an interesting article on Drive the other day, talking about how it was one of the few films that outshines its prose counterpart.  For the most part, the book is typically better than the movie.  There is just so much more ground that a book can cover.  So many more layers.  Plunge deeper into the depths of characters.

But for every Atlas Shrugged and Bonfire of the Vanities there is a Jaws.  Or The Godfather.  I have yet to read Drive, but from the article there's a good chance I would agree with them.  In fact, his opinions on A History of Violence jive with my own.  A rather incomplete graphic novel that is far superior onscreen.  

Although a good book by a great author, I believe Fight Club the film triumphs (it's also shares my favorite film of all time honors with Rad).

Better than the Book
  • Fight Club
  • Jaws
  • The Godfather
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Blade Runner
  • There Will Be Blood (based on Oil! by Pulitzer Prize winner Upton Sinclair)
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Shining
  • The Warriors
  • The Prestige
  • Marathon Man
  • Lord of the Rings (full trilogy)
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Time Machine   (noting a trend of 'classic' period films)
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Eragon
  • Captain America (1990)
  • Batman and Robin (1997)
  • Fantastic Four (1994 and 2002)
  • X-Men 3
  • I Am Legend (2007)
What do you guys think?

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