Why I Often Liked the Movies More than the Books

Book vs. film image from Pixabay

“The books are always better than the movies,” said everyone, but me. Of course, if I have neither read the book nor seen the movie, I would not have a say. But at least with, “Harry Potter”, “Lord of the Flies”, “Aladdin”, and “The Little Mermaid”, I like the movies a lot more.

Now all these opinions are my own, so everyone can still prefer the books over the movies. A lot of people get disappointed when something they liked in a book was cut from the film adaptation or changed. I totally understand that. In fact, these days, I empathize with the authors more than I ever had.

When their books are adapted into movies or TV shows, they usually don’t get to have any creative control whatsoever—except if they are big like J.K. Rowling. She was one of the rare exceptions.

Movie makers often claim that their film adaptations may do poorly if the author gets involved. It is not that I don’t believe them. However, what I notice is that many of those movies get mixed or negative reviews. A lot of them come from the books’ fans and readers. Eventually, I will write about why I think it would be nice if authors could have creative control over their film or show adaptations, even if they could only get a little bit.

That being said, there have sometimes been moments in books that I didn’t like, and if removed or altered, I appreciated. The “Harry Potter” franchise is actually one of the biggest of these.

“Lord of the Flies” was a required book when I attended high school. I found it boring, but the movie engaging. “Aladdin” and “The Little Mermaid”, like many other Disney movies, were based off fairytales. And the original stories were pretty R-rated. I don’t know if they were all told to children, but, of course, Disney had to drastically clean them up to make them appropriate for all ages.

There are several moments from Disney classics that would not be acceptable today (i.e., a damsel-in-distress or a guy kissing a strange unconscious girl to wake her up). There are also several moments that aren’t historically accurate, and if they were, the movies would not have been rated G or PG.

Films usually have a time-limit to their productions as well as budgets. So that is why many exciting moments, unfortunately, have to be cut.

I enjoyed reading fiction for fun until fourth grade. I would only read fiction if forced to. Then right before eighth grade, I read the “Harry Potter” books. I would only read for fun if it was a “Harry Potter” novel.

Recently, I returned to reading fiction for fun. In fact, I am re-reading the first “Harry Potter” book and picking up on new details.

Anyway, I tend to view book-to-film adaptations differently. There actually are some occasions when I like something in the books more than the films.

Published by Sunayna Prasad

I enjoy writing stories, creating artwork, watching movies and TV shows, cooking, and traveling. These are the topics of my posts. I also publish books, where you can learn about them on my website, www.sunaynaprasadbooks.com. Be sure to copy and paste the link and subscribe to my newsletter on the email list button on the homepage.

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