A cliche in our society is that the books are always better than the movie adaptations of the original. It makes sense; you have a lot more control in writing, and can convey information and emotions in an easier and more powerful way. Being an avid reader, I’m an advocate of this cliche, but I won’t use the superlative when making this statement. The books are almost always better than the movies, but not always; there are a few cases, in my opinion, where the movies outdo the books.
- The Jason Bourne trilogy by Robert Ludlum
- The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien
…And that’s it. Like I said, the books are almost always better, so logically there are only a couple cases I can come up with that break the standard. The Jason Bourne books are good, but the movies are better. The movies are substantially different than the books, but the plot changes work surprisingly well, and are actually more interesting than the plots in the books (which, in their defense, are still not bad at all).
The Lord of the Rings series is the one series I’ve tried that I have been unable to finish due to how unbelievably boring the books are. The furthest I’ve gotten into the series is approximately 150 pages into the first book. It’s not for a lack of trying, either; I’ve tried and retried reading the books for eight years now, and I just can’t. I know it’s award-winning and all, but honest to God, the books are tremendously boring and repetitive. The movies, on the other hand, are chalk-full of action, and actually engage the audience. They are understandably some of the most successful movies of all time, something the books just don’t deserve to be, in my opinion.
Those are really the only cases I can come up with in which the movies outdo the books. The Game of Thrones TV show does justice to the books, but I’ll give the books a slight advantage (on the basis that I’ve only seen clips of the show, and the books are amazingly dynamic). Other than that, the cliche holds true, so I think we should all try to listen to it more often and read instead of watch TV: the books are indeed better than the movies, in almost every case there is.