Top 3 Books Better than the Movie

Published: November 22, 2013

Have you ever heard the phrase, "The book was better" from a friend after a new movie has come out? This list goes over some of the best books that have made it to the big screen- with varied results. Over and above all for each of these books, I can confidently say that the book is a lot better.

  1. Jurassic Park

    In the movie Jurassic Park, eccentric billionaire John Hammond invites paleontologist Alan Grant and others to his new island, Jurassic Park. The park features live dinosaurs that subsequently escape and wreak havoc on the park.

    While the book has, in essence, the same general plot, the story delves a lot deeper into some key elements that the movie does not emphasize. John Hammond is portrayed as a greedy villain in the book. I enjoyed the book more because it contains a depth that the movie does not possess. The story is much more complex, and overall a very tense read. The movie was very enjoyable in its own right as well.

  2. The Shining

    The Shining follows the story of Jack Torrance, newly minted caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, as his mind begins to unravel. The movie was filled with a tense atmosphere, horror visuals that pushed the boundaries of the horror film genre, and an unforgettable performance by Jack Nicholson.

    Equally as impressive is the descriptive picture that Stephen King paints with his novel of the same title. While there are key differences between the novel and the movie, what really sets the book apart is Stephen King's ability to illustrate the Overlook Hotel with simple words. The Shining is possibly one of the scariest books I have ever read, and I highly recommend it.

  3. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Although the Harry Potter series was a hit, both in a literary and financial sense, many fans agree that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was probably the worst of the books. What is really surprising is that fact that the movie based on the book was such a horrible butchering of the novel that it warranted being on this list.

    The Order of the Phoenix was by far my least favorite book, but really developed character towards the end of the book. The movie takes the last 200 or so pages of the story, also known as the best part of the book, and crams all of the action and events into a 30 minute sequence. It's a movie that I never want to suffer through again, and I highly recommend skipping this movie if you have the option.

Each book on this list definitely provides a deeper story, a thicker plot, and even superior elements and themes. Two of these books turned movies, Jurassic Park and The Shining, did justice to the novel they were based on. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was a definite butchering of the story and almost kept me from watching the final three movies, which were far superior. On this best of list, I highly recommend readers to pick up Jurassic Park. It's a tense thriller that you will not want to put down from start to finish.