The Book is Always Better

My wife and I are voracious readers.  She has introduced me to a whole world of classic English literature over the past 25 years as that was her major.  So it naturally follows that our daughters love to read as well.  When we go to the beach, we each pack five or six books and sit on the sand reading – not your typical beach family.  One of our girls is dyslexic and we made an early assumption that reading would always be torture for her.  Fortunately, we were wrong as she powered through her challenge and reads more than any of us.

So what happened last night was pure joy to me.  The younger three asked me to get a specific movie from Netflix that is based on a YA book they’ve all read.  I say “based on” because evidently only the title and a couple of characters are the same as the book.  I sat in the room with them while they laughed at, compared, criticized, and completely trashed the movie.  It was hysterical.  I can’t tell you how many times they rolled their eyes at their mother or I when we said, “the book is always better.”

Now they know!

That’s the beauty of books.  They create vivid imagery that a movie can rarely duplicate.  I love that they are figuring that out and maybe along the way, they’ll see us old folks aren’t so out of touch.



Napoleon Bonaparte said,  “Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.”


I have only been able to come up with a couple of movies that I thought were better than the book: Congo and The Pelican Brief.  I have opinions as to why, but was curious if anyone else had examples.  I’d love to hear any.

13 thoughts on “The Book is Always Better

    1. Ksbeth, you brought up a great example, King did not like the original Shining, that’s why it was remade. In my opinion tho, none of the movies based on King can compare with his books. His imagination and style of writing combined with our imaginations while we read can not be depicted on the screen.

      1. You’re right Mark. I was speaking in terms of King’s method of writing – but it definitely applies to all genres – our imaginations are involved as we open that first page and enter another world for our adventurer.

  1. The Wizard of Oz (L. Frank Baum); the book was scattered and the story not actually about the wizard so much. And Practical Magic (Alice Hoffman); while the book was much darker than the rom-com style movie they made, the movie also got to the heart of the story a lot better. Otherwise, I’m totally in your camp! Good for your girls too!

    1. Interesting picks. I’m neutral on The Wizard of Oz and don’t know Practical Magic. Along the same lines, my daughter brought up Ella Enchanted and like the movie better.

  2. The green mile, I’ve never actually read the book, but the film was sooo good and the book was written by Steven King, so I made an educated guess 😉

      1. Ah but Tom Hanks is an incredibly good actor, despite the fact that he can only do two accents, his own and Forest Gump’s.
        A bit like Sean Connery whose Russian sounds strangely Scottish.

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