By Joules Dellinger
One of my friends recently posted the movie trailer for Ready Player One. She said the book was so awesome and she was worried about the movie totally ruining the story. I’m typically one of those "book is always better" people, so I decided to read the book before the movie comes out so I can compare it for myself.
This bit of homework made me think… what movies were actually BETTER than the book they were based on? In my totally biased opinion, here are my top 5:
It is not often that I will say a Harry Potter world film is better than the book, but Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a wonderful surprise. The book was written by J.K. Rowling (under the pen name of Newt Scamander) as a thin companion book to the Harry Potter universe. The movie follows the books ‘author’ on his adventures with the magic world and his fantastic beasts. The first film was so successful that it is being turned into a 5-movie series based on Newt and his friends.
When I was a child, every year when The Wizard of Oz was shown on television I’d watch with my mouth open in wonder. The moment when the movie goes from black and white to color never failed to give me chills and even now I can sing all the songs word-for-word on demand. I played Auntie Em in my high school’s performance of The Wiz, so my Dorothy obsession reached a high around that time. I tried to get into The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novels, but I just couldn’t. I guess the movie was just TOO magical for me.
The Princess Bride book was written in 1973 with the movie coming out in 1987. I’m a child of the 80’s so I’m sure I saw the movie first (and probably on VHS), but I have also read the book over and over again. As much as I love the book, nothing beats the movie adaption with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, and Andre the Giant. It’s been 30 years and I still hear “you killed my father, prepare to die” and “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means” on a regular basis!
In the case of The Devil Wears Prada, I read the book before the movie was made. When I heard that Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway were cast as the main characters, I felt like the movie was in pretty good hands. While the book was a fun read, the movie was so much more. Instead of just imagining how intimidating Miranda Priestly might be, you get to see Meryl totally embody her and that famous icy glare.
I remember reading Bridget Jones’s Diary for the first time and really feeling like Bridget and I could be best friends. I was so excited for the movie to come out, but when Renee Zellweger was cast as Bridget, I worried like everyone else that she was just too skinny and too American. I was so happy to be wrong though because I LOVED the movie version! Renee WAS Bridget and she continued to be a perfect Bridget for the second movie. Don’t even get me started on the third one though…
Joules Dellinger has been blogging since 2011 at Pocketful of Joules on everything from fashion, travel, parenting, thrifting and lots of lots of silliness.
She likes movies where the women kick butt and the men are goofy (and shirtless). She doesn’t care which Kardashian is pregnant and thinks Beyoncé is overrated. Follow her on Twitter at @JoulesDellinger or on Instagram at @PocketfulofJoules.