Are Books Really Always Better than the Movies? 

By Khanimamba Khoza 

Dear reader, here is a question, how many times have you said or heard someone say the words “the book is better”? This is of course a justified statement, because the words on the books do not always translate well into motion picture, there are many Romeo and Juliet adaptations and most of them are bad because lines like “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” only work in a book. But I digress, the point is, below are the times when the movie, was simply better than its source material.

First on the list is the godfather of all movies, 

The Godfather, based on a 1969 NY Times Bestseller of the same name, by Mario Puzo.

The Shawshank Redemption, based on a 1982 non-scary novella, “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” by the master of horror Stephen King.

The Devil Wears Prada. To be fair, the 2003 book by Lauren Weisberger was lacklustre but the movie is pop culture.

The Notebook. Many fans of the sweet and tragic love stories love both the movie and the 1996 book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks but it is undeniable that the movie is better.

Lord of the Rings, I am sure you are screaming blasphemy right now as a fan of J.R.R Tolkein’s amazing books but this is the hill I am dying on, Peter Jackson’s movies are better.

Forrest Gump. Do I really need to justify this? This movie is an absolute comfort movie, and undeniably better than Winston Groom’s 1986 novel, also Jenny does not die in the novel, so that is nice.

This one time only, allow me to talk about Fight Club, just to state that, it is better than Chuck Palahniuk’s 1996 novel.

Pitch Perfect, loosely based on Mickey Rapkin’s painstakingly researched non-fiction book “Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory”.

To be honest dear reader, there is so much more, but I think this drives my point home, there are movies that are far better than the books.

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