Okay so I know this is controversial but hear me out… I think a lot of books are meant to be made into films… Almost as if they are written as a script, or some novels just work better as a visual on screen rather than images inside our little brains. I have chosen 5 novels that I have read but actually preferred the film. Don’t judge me people!
1. The Martian by Andy Weir
I can’t remember which order I read or watched The Martian in. The film directed by Ridley Scott was great, it was emotional, there was action, I enjoyed Matt Damon’s acting. I love a lost in space movie. Compared to the book… I just thought it was meh. Long lists of scientific equipment that I couldn’t understand him banging on and on about the scientific processes. With the film I could see what he was doing so I understood it more.
2. Emma by Jane Austen
I have tried to read this novel at least three times, I don’t know why but I just can’t get into it, I love the idea of the story and I also enjoy Jane Austen’s other novels such as Pride and Prejudice. I can’t seem to get into Emma at all. But the film staring Gwyneth Paltrow I just can’t get enough of!
3. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag
I watched this film quite young and I loved it so much. It made me laugh, cry, made me think, I loved the acting the storyline the drama so brilliant. When I got older I found out it was based on a book, but the novel just didn’t live up to the magic of what the film gave me. Also the endings are different and I prefer the film version.
4. PS. I Love You by Ceceila Ahern
I’m not really into soppy romance novels or films to be honest but P.S I Love You cracks me like a nut! The film does anyway, I cry every single time I am a blubbering mess. The book just didn’t give me that same emotional connection and I didn’t particularly like Ahern’s writing style. Also Gerard Butler… Yes Please…
5. Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh
I adore this film so much! Everything about it is amazing, all the actors, the setting, the plot, the drama the controversy, Danny Boyle is amazing! I have tried reading the book, it is written mainly in scottish dialect which I find really hard to do the accent in my mind also scottish words come up that I don’t know the meaning to. I love Welsh’s work but this novel just never lived up to the film for me.
Have you ever read any books yet much preferred the film? What were they and why? I would love to know. Thanks for reading.Katie x