Film Adaptations That Are Better than the Book

It’s believed that books are better than their film adaptations, but have you seen these films?

Not meaning to rain over the books versus film adaptations debate, but there’s an exception to every rule. Granted that most of the time film adaptations do absolutely no justice to the book that they are sourced from, but there have been cinematic evidence proving that the opposite could also be true. Here are some of the film adaptations that are so good that people remember them by the film and not the book.

Little Women

Adapted from the classic by Louisa Mary Alcott in 2019, Little Women makes for one of the most perfect cinematic adaptations. Director Greta Gerwig not only made it a point to rectify the flawed ending from the book but also managed to do it in style. The cinematography and Gerwig’s artistic vision is at the top of its game without losing her loyalty to the novel. The biggest catch, however, is the chronological filming order highlighting the slow transition from childhood to adulthood.

The Shawshank Redemption

Stephen King is a god and there’s no limit to the wonders of his writing prowess. However, sometimes a story written could limit your imagination as well. Yes, that’s true. Someone who hasn’t seen the movie would probably be thrown into a jade of rainbows reading the novella, but watching the film is an experience. Of course, Stephen King is, as usual, excellent on paper, but watching his writing brought to life on screen is an awe-inspiring experience.

The Shining

The Shining is one of the most iconic film adaptations made in the history of cinema. However, writer Stephen King was not very happy with the adaptation. According to King, the adaptation killed important themes and showed Jack Torrance to be creepy from the start. Nevertheless, you hear the name, The Shining, you remember Stanley Kubrick and not Stephen King.

The Silence of the Lambs

Adapted from the classic by Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs has gone down in history not because of the book but because of the film adaptation. It gave a face and body to Hannibal exactly the Harris had imagined to be. The film kept us on our feet for its entire run and do we even need to mention the Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster duo?

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