I’ve had a few “Did you like the movie as much as the book?” discussions since The Hunger Games hit theaters last weekend. The answer to that question is almost always, “No.” In fact, I might go ahead and say the answer is always “no” since I can’t think of a single movie I liked more than I liked the book.
“Don’t judge a book by the movie,” is a pretty good rule to follow, unless of course you see the movie before you read the book. There were a few (loud) teenage girls in the row in front of us at the theater who clearly did not read the book before seeing the movie. They clapped at the wrong times and gasped in surprise at events the rest of us knew were coming. They should definitely read the book since they seemed to love the movie.
I can think of some really good movie adaptations (To Kill a Mockingbird with Gregory Peck and the recent Jane Eyre come to mind immediately), but even the really good ones don’t compare to the books. The best movie adaptations make you want to read the book, either again or for the very first time.
What’s your favorite book to movie adaptation? What do you think made it so good?