30 Day Book Challenge: Day 19

Today’s Prompt: Favorite book turned into a movie

I don’t watch many movies at all. Usually, if I read a book that was turned into a movie, I avoid the movie, because the movie is typically disappointing.

Most of Stephen King’s books made decent movies: Carrie, It, Cujo, and Needful Things were all pretty good.

When I watch a movie, I usually find myself saying, “If that movie was a book, I would have enjoyed it a lot more.”

Angels and Demons (Dan Brown) was decent as a movie, but it wasn’t really one of my favorites.

OK, I know a good one. The Devil Wears Prada (Lauren Weisberger) was better in movie form than in book form. I read the book a few years after I saw the movie and the book was actually somewhat boring. It had an almost pretentious air to it that the movie didn’t really have, and somehow, the characters were more sympathetic on the screen than they were on paper. Both the book and the movie made me roll my eyes at how stuck up people in the fashion industry can be.

I would recommend the movie, mainly for the humor and Meryl Streep’s excellent performance as the “devil in Prada,” but I’d pass on the book.

6 thoughts on “30 Day Book Challenge: Day 19

  1. I can think of a few related categories. Maybe they’re coming later.

    Favorite great movie made from a terrible book: To Have and Have Not (a wonderful Hawks/Faulkner/Furthman movie, introducing Bacall and pairing her with Bogart for the first time, based on a really bad Hemingway novel)
    (My comment is, I’m afraid, longer than the review.)

    Movie that was so great that I never want to read the novel, even though I understand it’s pretty good: Let the Right One In.


    • I think I’d read Let the Right One In first before watching it. It looked better as a book to me. I need to find To Have and Have Not somewhere. Older movies are usually far, far better than anything made in Hollywood today. That’s kind of sad.


  2. Off top of my head …

    The Godfather
    The Right Stuff
    Lonesome Dove (does mini-series count?)
    Band of Brothers (same question:-)

    I’ve got high hopes for the new “Great Gadsby” that’s coming out with DiCaprio and Toby McGuire.


  3. Both were huge bestsellers when they came out. Godfather is very faithful to the novel, but Jaws was changed quite a bit. Jaws is a highly recommended read if you can find a copy. I won’t tell you where the boolk varies exactly because it would spoil it.

    Ouch, just noticed I spelled Gatsby incorrectly. Bad schoolng ;-).


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