Movies That Are Better Than The Book

As a reader I have found that when I love a book, few things are more exciting (or more nerve-racking) than seeing it turned into a movie.

Unfortunately, not every movie based on a book manages to live up to fans’ imaginations. Conversely, there have been occasions when I have been so absolutely overjoyed about a movie that tracking down the book it was based upon became an obsession. And boy, have I been disappointed with some of these books.

No, I’m not into gadgets or wizzbang technology. It’s personal taste with a preference for the way the movie unfolded. Having said that, kudos to the authors who put the idea out there in the first place.

Here are my top three on “The Movie Was Better” List.

In 1982 W.P. Kinsella wrote SHOELESS JOE about a farmer who hears a voice telling him to build a baseball diamond in his cornfields. When he does Shoeless Joe Jackson and other players from yesteryear come to play.

Less than a decade later this became “Field of Dreams”. Thirty years on people are still interpreting this film. I thought that a young Ray Liotta was a wonderful tonic for a girl. I heard him recently describe Field Of Dreams as “The Notebook for blokes”.


P.S. I LOVE YOU written by Cecelia Ahern, can be summed as light fluff for those who enjoy light fluff. Not my cup of tea.

The movie featured Gerard Butler, Harry Connick Jnr, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, so that makes it a trifecta of delight for me, with sweeping views of Ireland, and a fantastic soundtrack. The storyline was much improved and this is a movie you can revisit over and over again, whereas the book went to the charity bin for those lovers of fairy floss.


RITA HAYWORTH AND SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION was a novella written by renowned Horror writer, Stephen King. It was transformed into The Shawshank Redemption where in 1994 it was nominated for seven (7) Academy Awards.

Question: Is there anyone who hasn’t viewed this movie?


Please feel free to contribute to this list…….






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