I've been doing some reading of books that are based on movies or have movies based on them. So far I have actually come across a fair amount of them where the MOVIE is actually better than the book. In my opinion anyway.
The first movie that I feel is better than the book is The Searchers. The book is alright....It's not terrible but defiantely isn't 5 boots that's for sure. It doesn't paint a vivid picture for me at all....while I was reading the book I just could NOT get excited about it. The MOVIE on the other hand....Now that's a whole new ball of wax. The director of the movie took this alright book and turned it into a AWESOME movie. The movie DEFINATELY paints a vivid picture of the "old west" and what it must have been like for women back in those days.
Another movie that I think is better than the book is Gettysburg. The movie is based on the book The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. The book is great....Definately 5 boots worthy. But when I watch the actual movie I feel like I'm actually there as the battle is taking place...more so than when I read the book.
Those are just two examples that I've come across recently. There are more but that is NOT the purpose of this post. The purpose of this post is to ask these questions....Have you seen a movie that is based on a book where the movie is actually BETTER than the book? If you have, which movie and what book is it based on?