Movies Better Than the Book Version

November 21, 2018

The Book is always better than the movie. That's a popular saying, but let's be honest, there are a few exceptions, and that's something a bibliophile hardly ever admit out loud. So, if you happen to agree with me, you should check out this list of my picks of some films that turned out to be better than the book they're based on.

1 The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Francis Scott Fitzgerald | Fiction Classics


In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write "something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned." That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It

2 A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett | Children's Classics


Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's School in London, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

3 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll | Children's Classics


In this classic by Lewis Carroll little Alice experiences countless adventures in Wonderland. Download it today!

4 Through the Looking-Glass

Through the Looking-Glass

Lewis Carroll [Charles Dodgson] | Children's Classics


When Through the Looking Glass was published in 1871 as a sequel to the previous masterpiece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland readers were as delighted with that book as they were with Lewis Carroll's previous volume. In the topsy-turvy world that lies beyond the looking-glass, Alice meets such fantastical characters as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, and the Jabberwocky Dragon. Before she knows it she is whisked into the strangest and most highly complex world of giant chess games, jumping trains, bread and butter-flies and a sinister tureen of soup.

5 Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen | Romance Classics


Elinor and Marianne are sister. Elinor is a sensible, rational girl while her younger sister is wildly romantic.

6 The Time Machine

The Time Machine

Herbert George Wells | Sci-Fi Classics


in 1899, a scientist builds a time machine that can transport him to the future where he meets both good and evil beings.

7 The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds

H. G. Wells | Misc Classics


The classic book, The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells.

8 The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

James Fenimore Cooper | Fiction Classics


During the French and Indian War, half-sisters, Cora and Alice, are rescued by a Hawkeye who leads them to the safety of the last of his tribe, the Mohican Uncas.