Are movies or shows ever better than the book they were based on?
I recently re-read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books by CharlaineHarris in preparation for the final book release on May 7th. During this time, I started seeing trailers for the upcoming season of True Blood. I enjoy the books much better than the show.
I had to force myself to get through the first few seasons of the show, whereas I can’t put the books down once I start reading them. I finally had to tell myself that although HBO uses Charlaine’s characters (most of them anyway), they have created a completely different storyline. Reminding myself of that helps me get through the season with less swearing at the television.
My husband has threatened to put duct tape over my mouth the next time I say, “It didn’t happen like that in the book.” I have the same problem with Game of Thrones but at least they stay in the same ballpark as what George R.R. Martin created, for the most part.
Even on the big screen, I compare the author’s creation to Hollywood’s interpretation of it. The Help movie turned out pretty well but I still enjoyed the book more. I don’t like when they change storylines and sometimes I don’t like the casting choices. For instance, in my mind, Bella in Twilight looked more like Alexis Bledel than Kristin Stewart. I guess it has a lot to do with how the author’s description creates an image in my brain.
There is a musical that I love that is based on a book and I can say it is better than the book because I’m a happily-ever-after kind of girl (and I like musicals). Wicked the Musical gives you the HEA that the book doesn’t.Have you ever met a movie/show/play that you preferred to the book it was based on?