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    Jun 28, 2020

    21 More Movies That People Say Are Just Plain Better Than The Books They Were Based On

    Listen — it's rare, but it happens.

    A little while back, we took a look at a viral Reddit thread that asked, "What MOVIE was better than the BOOK?" and people's controversial responses sparked even MORE interesting answers from our BuzzFeed Community. So here are just a few more films people believe outdid the books they were based on:

    1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)

    MTV Books, Summit Entertainment

    "This movie is better than the book. It just is."

    moocluck7

    2. Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

    Greenwillow Books, Toho

    "The book was interesting, but I love the movie so much more. I think Miyazaki did an amazing job turning Howl into an amazing character. In the book, I couldn't stand the ending OR Howl as a character."

    Heather Brown-Gillihan, Facebook

    3. Practical Magic (1998)

    Berkley, Warner Bros.

    "It was much better as a movie. The book is a little dry and the characters just aren’t as lovable. It’s hard to top Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman."

    abigaeljoyceanderson

    4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

    Berkley, United Artists

    "Jack Nicholson is a PHENOMENAL actor. As an English teacher, I LOVE books (and I enjoyed this book), but the film was just superb."

    defectivextragedy

    5. The Book Thief (2013)

    Knopf Books for Young Readers, 20th Century Fox

    "Okay, this is going to sound...odd, but the movie version of this is better than the book. Go figure. I say this because in the book, you have an inner monologue from Death who'll bounce around, sharing different thoughts — whereas, with the movie, the narration is kept to a minimum, the pacing is great, the acting is perfect, the sets are awesome. Check it out. I think it's the best movie ever."

    Kathryn Balsinger, Facebook

    6. Atonement (2007)

    Anchor Books, Focus Features

    "Maybe it's not truly 'better,' but I’d say this one is impressively on par with the novel."

    alicebraz

    7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

    Broadway Books, 20th Century Fox

    "The book felt dated when describing the fashion, and all of the characters were dull, unlikable, or both. The film, in contrast, is iconic."

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    8. Carrie (1976)

    Anchor, United Artists

    "I liked the film, but I really didn’t like the book. I found it quite boring."

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    9. The Martian (2015)

    Broadway Books, 20th Century Fox

    "One of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen, but I couldn’t stand the book. It was very choppy and had a lot of characters being rude for no reason."

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    10. The House with a Clock in its Walls (2018)

    Universal Pictures, Puffin Books

    "Jack Black and Cate Blanchett are in it, and it's far better than the book."

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    11. L.A. Confidential (1997)

    Grand Central Publishing, Warner Bros.

    "I’ve always loved the film adaption. It’s missing a lot from the book, but the bleak, noir spirit is there — it’s almost like two people were given the same key elements and asked to create something with it, so we got two wonderful versions of the same story."

    bboodle

    12. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

    Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Dreamworks

    "It was a so-so book series, but it was adorable and beautiful as a movie."

    blackkittycat3372

    13. The Firm (1993)

    Dell, Paramount Pictures

    "Every time I see something about a movie being better than a book, I think of this John Grisham one. I just prefer the movie ending so much more."

    Ellen Boorazanes, Facebook

    14. Divergent (2014)

    Katherine Tegen Books, Lionsgate

    "The first movie was a pretty good adaptation, especially when you compare it to the dumpster fire that was Insurgent (and we won't even talk about Allegiant)."

    lkay09

    15. Shutter Island (2010)

    William Morrow Paperbacks, Paramount Pictures

    "They have very different endings, and the movie's was superior!"

    Amber Louise, Facebook

    16. Gone Girl (2014)

    Broadway Books, 20th Century Fox

    "I really enjoyed both the movie AND the book, but the movie did a fantastic job and had great casting, making it stand out more."

    Amanda Doll, Facebook

    17. The Maze Runner (2014)

    Delacorte Press, 20th Century Fox

    "The movie was just much better, in my opinion."

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    18. V for Vendetta (2005)

    Vertigo, Warner Bros.

    "I'd like to add this graphic novel to the list of movies that are better than the books they’re based on."

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    19. Bird Box (2018)

    Ecco, Netflix

    "I think this was way better as a movie. Book Malorie was dumb, shallow, and really a man’s idea of a woman rather than a real woman. Sandra Bullock made her more complex and interesting. The movie improved on her and Tom’s relationship — and Tom’s character — a lot, and the book scene about getting attacked by wolves was stupid and unbelievable. The movie climax was also much better. I hated the book, but found the movie at least intriguing."

    akylam

    20. The Virgin Suicides (1999)

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux

    "I liked the book, but I love the movie. I found the book rambled on a bit and I preferred the ending of the movie over the ending of the book."

    juliathezombie

    21. And finally, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

    Scholastic, Warner Bros.

    "This might be controversial, but the first movie did such a fantastic job portraying the magic and making you feel wonder and excitement that it stood out over the book."

    jbe

    Now it's your turn! What's one movie that — in your opinion — is far better than the book it's based on? Share your pick and reasoning in the comments below!

    Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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