The Book or Movie Debate- Part 2


More books-turned-movies for you. Do you have any more in your list? Let us know in the comments section.

The Silver Linings Playbook

Yes, this is definitely another one of our eccentric choices. The début novel of Matthew Quick was published in 2008 and directed by David O’ Russell, with Bradley Cooper playing the lead . How do we say something about these, without giving away everything? If you want a more incisive look at the differences between the book and the movie, and you don’t mind spoilers, check this link. What we can tell you is that the director has taken a lot of liberties with the story and yet maintained something of the story.


Irvine Welsh, the author, paints a horribly realistic picture of what the life of a junkie is like in Edinburgh. The  movie directed by Danny Boyle takes on a more bildungsroman approach as it makes more sense to create a movie with a more centred point of view. Both the movie and the book work.

Why is it that LOTR and Harry Potter must be religiously followed to the letter, when portraying it on the Big Screen, but other Book/Movie combos differ without failing?

Jurassic Park

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This is an instance of good book, better movie. The characters in the movie are better etched out and the action scenes are far more gripping in the movie than the book. This story has pretty much hit the nail on the head when it is mentioned that Crichton’s prose is more scientific and dull than the excitement that Spielberg was able to splash on the screen.

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins has been faithfully depicted in its movie version– the choice of actors was spot on. However, there are minor differences such as the trajectory of relationships, the shortening of death spans, less featured characters getting more screen space, among others.

My name is Bond, James Bond

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Here are a series of movies that have added more finesse to Ian Flemming’s books. Apparently Bond’s movie avatar is very different from the book. Flemming has managed to create a sense of empathy in his readers, something his movies are unable to recreate. Bond is not very likable in the books; he tends to be colder and in no way a suave Pierce Brosnan or pouting Daniel Craig.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Tell us which books have been turned to movies that you enjoyed.

In our next post, we will look at a few books that should not have been turned into movies!

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