T5W: Movies I Like Better Than The Books

Today for Top 5 Wednesday I’m discussing the top 5 movies I like better than the books. There are probably more that I could have put on this list instead of what I have, but these are the first 5 that came to mind.

Guardian series by William Joyce | Rise of the Guardians

This is the only entry on the list that I know I read before I watched. The books were okay. They are very short stories following each of the Guardians, but honestly I don’t remember much about the books themselves. The movie, however, was fantastic. It brought all of the Guardian characters together into a really interesting story with an interesting villain, in my opinion, and I thought it was extremely well done.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I cannot remember if I read the book or watched the movie first, but I do remember that I couldn’t even get through the book. I don’t know if it was the translation or just the writing style itself, but it was very choppy, the point of view switched constantly, and it was very difficult to read. I was bored and frustrated, so I DNFed it. However, I loved the Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo movie. It’s dark, it’s got great characters, there’s a mystery behind it, and it takes on a lot of very rough topics. The actual literal translation of the title from the original language is Men Who Hate Women, which gives a much better idea of what the book is about, and I think it does it really well. Check out the warnings for this movie though. It does go into some very dark places that a lot of movies in the United States do not go to.

FernGully by Diana Young | FernGully

I definitely watched the movie before I read this book. I’ve been watching this movie since I was a kid and didn’t even know that it was based on a book until only a few years ago. The book is fine. It’s just very obviously geared towards kids, and it goes by very quickly. The movie fleshes things out, makes a point of the themes that it’s trying to get through, and makes it palatable for audiences of all ages. One of my favorite movies of all time.

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton | Jurassic Park

I did watch the movie before I read this book. Like FernGully, I watched it when I was a kid, and I think it does a much better job than the book of getting the action across—obviously, it’s a movie format. The book is much more on the science side of things, which makes sense especially for a Crichton book. However, I thought the characters were really annoying in Jurassic Park. Ian Malcolm’s character in the books is utterly useless, especially in the sequel, The Lost World. I’m actually glad that the movies diverged so much from the books because the only good character in the second book was Sarah. She literally saves everyone’s asses while Malcolm (also literally) curls up into the fetal position and just kind of philosophizes about the peril that he’s in and how horrible life is instead of trying to do anything about it. It was that frustrating, so I definitely enjoyed the movies more.

The Princess Bride by William Goldman | The Princess Bride

I am pretty sure that I watched the movie before I read the book, and while the book is okay, I just didn’t love it the way that everyone else seems to love it. It’s very forgettable for me. I don’t remember everything. The movie format for this story just makes the characters and the themes a little bit more obvious and more palatable, at least for me.

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And those are my top 5 movies that I like better than the books. Next time I do a Top 5 Wednesday, I’m going to talk about the movies I like just as much as the books, and after that I’ll do the movies that I thought ruined the book.

Let me know down in the comments if you’ve read any of these books, watched any of these movies, and what your thoughts on them are!

*This content was originally posted on my YouTube channel and has been adapted for this blog post.

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