Was the Book Better than the Movie?

We asked our Facebook fans, “What’s your favorite book to movie translation?”Jeane is a homeschooling Grandmom who lives in Texas – on a small farm! She’s got some great opinions of what makes a good book… and movie.

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My favorite books are history based, classical books. I love books that are so eloquent and descriptive, I feel like I am living in the time period among the characters in the books. I love visualizing the clothing, the architecture in the buildings – everything described in the story. Author Ann Rice did it really well with Interview with a Vampire. Reading the book, I forgot where I was – not even a scream could break through the trance I was in while reading that book.

Which is good when you’re living on a farm with two kids!

When books are made into movies, some people don’t want to see them if they’ve read the book, but there are a few movies that were made from books that I really love: “Les Miserables,” “David Copperfield,” “Wuthering Heights” and “The Great Gatsby” are a few that come to mind.

But  “Silence of the Lambs” was one of the few books I read, that when it was made into a movie – I absolutely loved it.

I read Silence of the Lambs about three times before I saw the movie and when I did see the movie? I was blown away by how good it was. I’ve probably seen the movie about 25 times, and each time I love the characters – and the casting of the characters – more and more.

What’s your favorite book to movie translation? What books made into movies do you think totally missed the mark? If your kids have a favorite movie made from a book, do they notice the differences?