Movies That Are Better Than Their Books
It sounds bad to say because books are almost always better than their movie counterpart, but every so often a movie outshines the book. This usually occurs in a book that has the potential to be great,
but the author falls short of adding the necessary excitement. Most often I would recommend reading the book over watching the movie, but there are a few that aren't worth it. I know there are people who
would argue with me, but in my opinion the following books are not as good as their movies.
The Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien is a very wordy author. Although his creation Middle-earth is truly amazing and his stories are the foundation of a genre, they are really quite unexciting due to the vast amount of
description. The movies, on the other hand, offer up all this description at a rapid pace allowing all the action, romance, and passion to shine through.
The Neverending Story
Michael Ende placed the huge fantastic world of Fantasica into this book, but the world never seemed scary or dangerous like it did in the movie. All the suspense from the movie is missing from the book.
It often feels like you're simply reading the common everyday observations of Bastion instead of a truly involved story.
In the book, Roald Dahl creates a world where witches kill children by the truckload and the main characters kill hundreds of witches. The movie cuts out a lot of the children's death, but still includes
the brutal slaying of the witches. Though the book does a good job describing the horror of witches, the descriptions shy in comparison to the visual power of the Jim Henson Company. The book also ignores
issues with law enforcement and investigation and I prefer the happy ending of the movie over the bittersweet ending of the book.