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Films that are better than their books

It’s not always true that the book is better than the movie (although that’s generally the case). The movies featured here are way better than the books that inspired their creation.

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Peter Benchley's novel 1974 Jaws was probably a scary one but it’s been so eclipsed by the Spielberg movie that hardly anyone knows the novel ever existed.

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is remembered for Jack Nicholson’s standout performance. Without that Ken Kesey's novel feels flat.

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is remembered for Jack Nicholson’s standout performance. Without that Ken Kesey's novel feels flat.

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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No Country for Old Men won the Best Director Oscar in 2007 for The Coen Brothers, and Javier Bardem’s outstanding performance also drew praise. Cormac McCarthy’s 2005 source novel was also well received but it didn’t make the sort of impact the adaptation did.

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The Silence of The Lambs was a truly frightening film with a standout performance. Visually chilling and compulsive viewing, the movie resonates with viewers far more than the novel on which it’s based.

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This is another movie with standout performances that lift it above the novel on which it’s based. Mario Puzo's novel is excellent too but why bother getting through such a big book when the movie version of The Godfather’s so good?

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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This is another movie with standout performances that lift it above the novel on which it’s based. Mario Puzo's novel is excellent too but why bother getting through such a big book when the movie version of The Godfather’s so good?

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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A Clockwork Orange is an odd film but it’s easier to understand than the novel which inspired it. Anthony Burgess' novel is written from the protagonist’s point of view which means all that wonderful slang Malcolm McDowell speaks while playing Alex has to be read and understood by the reader.

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Fight Club is another movie that’s better than the book. Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club was a big hit and it’s a great read but the story’s better told in a visual medium.

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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Fight Club is another movie that’s better than the book. Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club was a big hit and it’s a great read but the story’s better told in a visual medium.

Things that happen in movies but not in real life

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