I think one of the surest ways to find yourself in a disagreement with someone is by telling them a film adaptation is better than the original book. Of course, it is all a matter of personal opinion, but what films make that unpopular opinion true?

Here are some films I feel succeeded the books.

  • Girl, Interrupted: The book lacked so much detail that the movie included, especially about the characters.
  • The Witches of Eastwick: The women are much more likeable in the film and are supportive of each other, unlike in the book when they always use magic against other women.
  • The Rules of Attraction: The book is great, but lost me toward the end because it included a lot of unnecessary detail, and the main character, although always shallow, became unbearably self-righteous. On screen however, he had qualities that made me understand why he was the way he was.
  • Pyscho: The character of Norman Bates is so much more charming on the screen than he is on the page.

Whether or not you always believe the original format is best, it’s always fun to see the words come to life on the screen!