Books vs. Movies


“The book was SO much better than the movie…”

How many of you have heard that after watching a movie that is based on a book?  I know I have, and I honestly don’t understand it.  Books and movies are two completely different things and should be two completely different experiences.  Evaluating them with the exact same criteria simply isn’t fair and doesn’t make sense to me.


“The book just had so much more detail!”

Of course the book is going to be more detailed.  It’s a book.  There is no time limit on it.  You can start or stop reading a book whenever you want.  A movie has to have a time limit.  Although many people say they would sit through an 8 hour movie based on a book, you know that when push comes to shove, they aren’t going to make it through a movie of that length.  The only group that I could see the smallest minority sitting through an 8 hour movie is the Harry Potter fanbase.  And as much as I love Harry Potter, I could not sit through that long of a movie.


“The movie left so much out!”

Same point as above, but phrased in a different way.  The movie has to leave aspects out.  Let me make one thing absolutely clear.  A book-based movie is not the book portrayed word for word, scene for scene, on the screen.  A book-based movie is an ADAPTATION of a book to the screen.  Things will have to be changed to make the movie understandable.  Another point is that not everyone in the theater will have read the book, and the movie should be enjoyable for everyone.


Examples of books to film/TV…good and bad


There are so many movies that have been adapted from books.  I will never be able to name them all, so I will stick with ones you know or have maybe heard of.  Some you might not know that these movies are adaptations of books.  I’ll let you pick out the good from the bad for yourselves.



  • The Chronicles of Narnia, written by C.S. Lewis
  • SecretGarden, written byFrancesHodgson Burnett
  • The Outsiders, written by S.E. Hinton
  • The Harry Potter series, written by J.K. Rowling
  • Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Stand By Me, written by Stephen King
  • The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins
  • The Twlight Series, written by Stephanie Meyer
  • Game of Thrones, written by George R.R. Martin
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, written by Steig Larsson
  • Little Women, written by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Shawshank Redemption, written by Stephen King
  • Eragon, written by Christopher Paolini
  • Hitchhikders Guide to the Galaxy, written by Douglas Adams
  • The Da Vinci Code, written by Dan Brown
  • Angels and Demons, written by Dan Brown
  • The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Green Mile, written by Stephen King
  • Gone with the Wind, written by Margaret Mitchell
  • Catch-22, written by Joseph Heller
  • Catch Me If You Can, written by Frank Abagnale, Jr.
  • The Princess Bride, written by William Goldman
  • The Rainmaker, written by John Grisham
  • The Bourne Series, written by Robert Ludlum

I can’t type anymore.  There are so many book to movie adaptations.  Some are horrible; some are awesome.

My point is, enjoy the movies or TV series for what they are…adaptations of a book.  If you go in expecting to see the book translated to the screen word for word, you will be disappointed.  It’s no fun to watch a movie like that.  One of my favorite quotes is from Stephen King, and he said it in an interview about “Stand By Me.”

“Books and movies are apples and oranges.  They’re both delicious, but they don’t taste the same at all.” Perfect analogy for what I am trying to say.  Let me know what you think about my opinion.  Also, let me know of books that have been adapted to either movies or TV series that I may have missed!

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