The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie


That said with the upcoming release of the new Netflix adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events (that we are greatly looking forward to). I was thinking about different movies that were books first.  When we aren’t in crisis mode, we observe Movie Monday. Wherein we make Mondays a little easier and less jarring by watching a movie after lunch. It is one of the things that it took me years to figure out. We are creatures of routine and even the weekend is enough to make Monday seem endless. It’s not so bad when you get all your bookwork done before lunch and then have a popcorn snack while viewing a film. If there isn’t anything on Netflix or Amazon that we like we’ll sometimes just watch a couple episodes of whatever tv series looks good. Sometimes I even sneak in a historical movie that fits with our studies but, it’s really a fun time and if I get to educational than it’s just more “school.”

Another fun treat is to watch a movie adaptation of a book that you’ve just read. We did that with Stuart Little, and my kids were appalled at the liberties taken by the screenwriter. Mr. Poppers Penguins was another fail.

Here is a list of my top ten (not in any particular order) that I feel are at least on par with the books. I’m sure I’ve missed some good ones so feel free to comment and steer me in the right direction.

  1. LOTR/Hobbit Series
  2. The Giver
  3. The Hunger Games Series
  4. Ella Enchanted
  5. Coraline
  6. Narnia Series
  7. Holes
  8. Jurrasic Park Series
  9. The Secret Garden
  10. Harry Potter Series


5 thoughts on “The Book Is Always Better Than The Movie

  1. Karen Edmisten

    We are looking forward to A Series of Unfortunate Events, too — hoping Netflix does it justice. We got to meet Lemony Snicket at a library event a couple of years ago. So fun!

  2. melaniebett2013

    One movie I feel is superior to the book is Mary Poppins. I really couldn’t get into the book, but maybe that’s because I met the movie first.

    1. That’s a great point. Also 101 dalmations.

  3. I know it’s a bit controversial among other lovers of the book, but I rather like the animated version of Watership Down. Not for sensitive children though!

    I’m not sure it would be a top pick though for adaptations — it just jumped to mind because of author Richard Adams’ death being in the news recently.

    Not a children’s book, but my husband and I went to see Arrival a couple of weeks ago, and shortly thereafter I read the longish story it was based on. The story was good, but I really preferred the movie version; the story seemed raw and unfinished, and the movie had drawn up loose ends and polished the structure of the story to make a much more complete and satisfying narrative.

    1. I’m looking forward to seeing Arrival and we’ve never watched Watership Down. I’ll have to put that one on our list.

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