Like most readers, I’m excited every time a book is adapted for the screen. You know, when you’re reading a book you form a sort of visual adaption in your mind. So, it’s always exciting to get to know how the film depicts that vision. But there are often times when I am disappointed because the movie just doesn’t live up to my expectations. I’m sure that you may have felt the same way for a movie that was adapted from a book you loved to read.
I have been privately researching book to screen adaptions for a considerable time, so I’ll be running a series of articles entitled, “The Book Was Better Than The Movie”. Throughout the series I’ll be listing books that were far better than the movies based on them and a very brief description alongside. Don’t be shy and feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions in the comments below.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, novelist Arthur Golden enters into a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this flawless debut novel is Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
At birth, Ella is inadvertently cursed by an imprudent young fairy named Lucinda, who bestows on her the “gift” of obedience. Anything anyone tells her to do, Ella must obey.
The House on the Gulf by Margaret Peterson Haddix
When Britt’s older brother, Bran, lands a summer job house-sitting for the Marquises, an elderly couple, it seems like a great opportunity. Britt and Bran have moved to Florida so their mother can finish college, and the house-sitting income will allow their mom to quit her job and take classes full-time. Having never lived in a real house before, Britt is thrilled. There’s only one problem: Britt starts to suspect her family isn’t supposed to be there.
Jitter Joint: A Novel Of Suspense by Howard Swindle
In Jitter Joint, award-winning journalist Howard Swindle delivers Jeb Quinlin, a Dallas homicide detective combating crime-and his own personal demons.
The Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
The Witch of Portobello is the story of a mysterious woman named Athena, told by the many who knew her well—or hardly at all. Like The Alchemist, The Witch of Portobello is the kind of story that will transform the way readers think about love, passion, joy, and sacrifice.
Resources: Parts of the descriptions taken from GoodReads