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6 Books That Were Better Than the Movies

Learning that one of your favourite books is about to hit the cinemas can certainly cause some kind of anxiety. After recent disasters like Jack Black's "Gulliver’s Travels", Keanu Reeves' "Hellblazer", and the entire Percy Jackson series, it's easy to lose hope. Luckily, we always have our paperbacks to comfort us when what's on the big screen fails to deliver. 

Here are six wonderful books that are far, far better than their movie adaptions could ever hope to be.


    A beautifully spun rendition of the classic Cinderella story, Ella Enchanted had always been a favorite of my youth. That is, until someone thought it was a good idea to make it into a musical starring Anne Hathaway.

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    The Kite Runner

    This film did perhaps the most justice to its print counterpart from all the books on this list. However, Hosseini's poetic imagery of a war-torn Afghanistan is better absorbed with one's own imagination.

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    Breakfast at Tiffany'S: A Short Novel and Three St

    The 1961 film starring Audrey Hepburn is considered a classic, and for good reason. However the original Breakfast at Tiffany's plot follows a radically different story. Capote's version was a much darker look into Holly Golightly's psyche, and the male protagonist was meant to be gay. What is most offensive about the film version, however, is not the romanticization of the plot, but Mickey Rooney with taped eyes playing an angry Japanese landlord. 

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    Amy Palmer
    Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" is very different from his "Breakfast at Tiffany's." I'm not even bothering to read the rest of the article if you got the first one THAT wrong. 
    Kanzi Kamel
    I think that was a glitch in the reading list! Was always meant to be Breakfast at Tiffany's. Thanks for the comment :)
    S'bally Man
    I'm familiar with all of the above, except 'Ella Enchanted'. It's 60 years since I read the book of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' and almost as long since I saw the movie. A recent movie that I thought was a travesty when compared to the book was "The Secret Scripture". The book had much greater depth and the scenes from the female protagonist's past were brought forward by at least 20 years, and her age in the 'present' reduced by the same amount.

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