It is a common saying that ‘The book is always better than the movie.’ I for one have said it may times before. Is it true? Lets look at some recent examples.
I am Four – Book better than movie
Eragon – Book better than movie
Twilight – Book better than movie
DaVinci Code – Book better than movie
Bourne – Books better than movie
So there’s a list of 5 semi recent movies where the book is better than the movie. In some cases way better. I imagine there are people out there who might disagree with me. Part of the argument I imagine they would use would be it depends on which you experienced first.
It is like a song that comes out with multiple versions. I am almost always a fan of the one I listened to first. Even if the version I hear is the newer one I like that one better the original classic one.
I always like to read the book before I watch the movie. Does that predisposition me to like the book better? I tried to think about some books where the movie is close to or even better than the book.
Jurassic Park – Both super good.
Lord of the Ring – I know I know. I admit I liked the movies way more. Sorry.
Godfather – I won’t say which one I like better but it is close.
Princess Bride – Movie and Book are so close hard to tell what the difference is.
Harry Potter 7.1 – First half of Harry potter 7 book was boring. Movie not so much.
Why am I thinking about stuff like this? I am reading ‘Heat Rising’ by Richard Castle. There is a TV show called ‘Castle’ on ABC. If you haven’t seen it you better get on your horse and go watch it. It is great. The character played by Nathan Fillon is a writer named Castle. He follows the police around and helps them solve crimes.
So as part of their advertizing for the show they have released several books supposedly written by Richard Castle. I admit it I am a sucker and have bought all three of them. As I said I am currently reading the third one. Reading it only makes me want to see the show more.
I have actually read several books as a way to help me fill the void when the show is on hiatus.
Psych – Awesome show and okay books
Burn Notice – Super show and interesting books
Stargate – Lots of versions and books. Some hit some miss
Star Trek – See above
So there you go. My rambling on about books and movies. I found it interesting. Hope you do too.