There’s often a bit of debate about this question. I’ve heard many people have heated and lengthy discussions about the relative value of the book or movie version of a beloved story, and whichever side people are on, they rarely change their minds.
I must say that as a general rule, I do prefer the book – particularly if I read the book (and loved it) before watching the movie version. This was true for Lord of the Rings, Under the Tuscan Sun and I Capture the Castle.
Some books just don’t translate to the screen (*ahem* Even Cowgirls Get the Blues *ahem*) and should never be made into movies.
Others I find that I like the movie nearly as much as the book – if not as much – but for different reasons. For example, I love the Harry Potter movies, and the first Hunger Games movie. I found that the HP movies were so well cast, the world created on screen was amazing, and it stuck to the books closely enough for the first few movies that I could really enjoy them. I was slightly disappointed in the final movie – but by that time I had read all the books (I read the first few after seeing the first two movies) and it’s possible that had something to do with it.
Even Bridget Jones’ Diary – though very different from how I imagined when reading the book – had its own magic that made it an enjoyable couple of hours.
I’m looking forward to seeing if The Hobbit lives up to my expectations – I’m going to risk LOTR fans’ wrath by saying it is probably my favourite Tolkien story!
What do you think? Can you think of any examples of a movie version that you enjoyed more than the book?