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Submitted by darklordzor 158d ago | opinion piece

8 Movies Which Are Better Than the Books They're Based On

From Cinelinx:

Just about every movie buff has heard this phrase uttered (if they didn’t say it themselves) by someone, “The movie was good...but the book was better.” Since books have significantly more time to cover character development and a deeper story, there are many people who think this is always the case. Because of that, I’ve come up with a list of the 6 movies that were actually better than the books...Just so you have something to come back with in these kinds of discussions. (Culture)

hazelamy  +   157d ago
i'd say Children Of Men.

the book is more about the government trying to control the populace rather than humanity trying to come to terms with the knowledge of it's impending extinction.

and the lead character of Theo really isn't very likeable in the book, he only seems to agree to help the pregnant girl because he has an attraction to her.

whereas the character in the film seems a little more altruistic, not an out and out hero, he's still got his own reasons, but they're less creepy.

and Clive Owen puts in a fantastic performance in the role.
makes me kinda sad we'll probably never get to see what he could have done with the role of James Bond.

oh and Michael Caine is fantastic as an ageing hippy.

the way the film captures the hopelessness of the situation is just brilliant.

i definitely enjoyed the film more than the book.
rhcpfan  +   157d ago
Requiem for a Dream
gigoran  +   157d ago
As soon as I saw the title "congo" the article lost any credibility it may have had. Comparing congo to the original book is like comparing one piece of feces to another. Even if one is browner than the other, in the end they are both still pieces of excrement. that exact same comparison could be said for twilight. And as for a clockwork orange and fight club... look if the intentions of the writer were to drive up controversy and have people complain and disagree with him, he may very well succeed.
darklordzor  +   156d ago
It's not about controversy at all. I'm not saying either of those books are bad, I'm simply saying the films worked out better, and for those two in particular the reason is because the films made it easier for a wider audience to accept the same message. Reaching people who would be totally lost when they tried to read the book.

As for Congo, I never said either the book or film were very good. In fact I make it known, that neither are "great" by any means. But the film is better than the book, which is the point.

Perhaps reading an article all the way through is in order...
RetrospectRealm  +   157d ago
Most of these are kind of totally obvious while the others are just not true at all.

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