I feel like as a book lover, I should be able to say, without reservation, that the book is always better than the movie.
But I have a confession to make.
(Please lean forward close to the screen and read this next line in a whispery, confessional voice.)
I liked a movie better than I liked the book.
Actually, I’ve done it twice.
In general this is not the case because of this:
But there have been two cases in which I liked the movie better than the book.
Case #1: The Princess Bride
Loved it when I was young, love it just as much today. I can not wait until my kids are old enough to really get it.
Case #2: Stardust
Love the witches, the snarky dead princes, the pirates, all of it.
I adore both of these movies. They tell just the sort of stories I love: quirky characters, fun adventure, magic, someone who seems like he’s a bad guy, but is really a good guy…In fact, they’re the exact sort of stories I want to write.
Yet I’ve tried to read both of these books, and failed to get through either of them.
Which is weird, I know.
I don’t know why, but in these two instances I adored the movies, and wasn’t interested in the books.
It can’t just be because I saw the movie first. Because when that happens, I usually still like the book more.
- I saw the movie The Book Thief and loved it. Read the book and loved it even more.
- I saw the movie Gone With the Wind and loved it. Read the book and loved it so much more.
So I don’t know what’s different here.
All I know is that if I’m honest, I can’t always say that the book is better than the movie.
How about you? Have you ever liked a movie more than its book?
Have you read and watched The Princess Bride or Stardust? Do you agree with me that the movies are better, or am I crazy?