Saturday, 8 May 2010

Rhetorical?


I watched Whip It the other night; a movie I'd been looking forward to seeing since I saw the trailer ages ago.

I read the book while I was waiting for the DVD to be released and reading the book made me look forward to the movie even more.

Now, don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the movie, but it just wasn't as good as the book. I enjoyed the book way more.

Which got me thinking and wondering. . . when was the last time I read a book and liked the movie better?

I couldn't come up with any off the top of my head and still can't a few days later.

So perhaps this is a rhetorical question, but is a movie ever better than the book?

13 Comments:

Anonymous Jillian (back to the nest) said...

Hey, I didn't know it was even a book first. I really liked the movie, so now do I read the book? I feel like when it comes to books vs. movies, I always end up liking whichever one I experience first. Wonder why that is...

Saturday, May 08, 2010 8:42:00 am  
Blogger FigJam said...

Just about never. I, as a rule, always avoid movies based on books I have already read. Movies can rarely do justice to a good book.

Saturday, May 08, 2010 8:52:00 am  
Blogger Victoria said...

I know what you mean about whichever one you read/see first. I try to read books first. I liked the book so. . . not sure what to tell you! :D

I love watching book movies and reading movie books. I don't know why. It's one of my favourite things!

Saturday, May 08, 2010 11:23:00 am  
Anonymous Dominic said...

About the only one I can think of off the top of my head is the book of the Iron Man film - It was ok, but I'd rate the film as better.

I mostly find books better than the film. The most significant was probably Revenge of the Sith - possibly my favourite book in the entire Star Wars universe, but a fairly lacklustre film.. Go figure.

Saturday, May 08, 2010 2:01:00 pm  
Blogger the one in the back said...

Hmmmm...some of the James Bond movies come to mind: Dr. No, Goldfinger, Casino Royale.
There are the graphic novels: The Dark Knight, 300, V For Vendetta, The Watchmen.
And some other random favorites: Perfume, Jurassic Park, Jaws, Dune, LOTR trilogy, The Notebook, Precious, The English Patient - these books however, have a certain charm about them that's only accessible through written media, but their celluloid counterparts are just as enjoyable, if not more because of really amazing directors/awesome screenplays/great actors/ and of course, the special effects!

Saturday, May 08, 2010 4:54:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

Did the Iron Man book come out after the movie Dominic? Like, was it a novelization or a book turned movie?


ToiTB,
You've got some good ones there, although I haven't read the J.B books (gasp)I keep meaning to give graphic novels a try but can never seem to justify the cost. (Yes, I could go to the library I suppose)
I do have favourite book/movies, but still like the books better. Maybe because I get to make all the pictures in my head :)

Saturday, May 08, 2010 10:40:00 pm  
Anonymous S said...

The ONLY one I can ever think of when faced with this question is The Sweet Hereafter. The movie was like a billion times better than the book.

Generally, I find I'm inclined to like whichever I've been exposed to first more.

Monday, May 10, 2010 1:07:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

Oooh, good to know! :)

Monday, May 10, 2010 6:49:00 pm  
Blogger Yamuna said...

To Kill a Mockingbird, as you probably already know, is supposed to be a great movie. Haven't watched it, though, since I've read the book. But I guess that's an example of both the book and the movie being good. [I always like the books better too ;)]

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:17:00 pm  
Blogger Yamuna said...

Ooh. I just thought of a rare instance when the movie's better than the book it's based on (according to me) - Jhumpa Lahiri's The Namesake. Book was too slow-paced.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 3:20:00 pm  
Blogger Victoria said...

I've seen To Kill a Mockingbird, but strangely enough, don't remember if I liked it more or less than the book!
And a good tip on The Namesake :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4:49:00 pm  
Blogger Dugout Daisy said...

The Notebook, A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, and Rebecca. Those movies were equally as good as the books. Definitely. :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 10:39:00 am  
Blogger Victoria said...

Ooooh, I didn't know A Tree Grows in Brooklyn became a movie! :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 5:17:00 pm  

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