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Movie vs. Book

Jordan Mann, Writer

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The list of books that have been made into movies is endless. However, the list of movies that satisfied the readers of the book is very short. The movie often disappoints readers for an infinite amount of reasons.

The movie is almost never how the reader pictures it. While reading, you develop images in your head of what the characters look like and the scenery, so when you go to watch the movie, and it’s nothing like what you pictured.  There’s disappointment.

Also, movies have limited time to do the story justice. Most movies work their magic between an hour and half to three hours, so they focus on the plot and actions of the story which dissatisfies the reader. When reading, you get to hear the characters’ thoughts, understand what kind of person they are, and you grow attached to the character. So, in the movie when they barely develop the character due to translation issues or limited time–so there’s more disappointment.

However, there are a handful of golden token movies that have actually done books justice. We all know books are better than the movie 10 out of 10 times, but below is a list of five movies that didn’t do too shabby of a job recreating the book.   Enjoy.

  1. The Fault In Our Stars
  2. A Walk to Remember
  3. The Hunger Games series
  4. Lord of the Rings
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
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