Hollywood has always had the habit of making movies inspired by critically acclaimed books. It has, at most of the times been the case that the tiny details that the book so generously holds are left on the big screen. But it can be equally argued that when a movie is made, it adds a whole new element to the story. The point of view and essential visual story-telling that deals with the viewers’ subconscious makes the movie seem better than reading the good old paperback. It is not too common when a movie beats the original text, but when that happens, it’s a movie even the book-lovers would love. Don’t believe us? Here is the list of movies that are way better than the books they are based on.
15. Jaws (1975)
This Steven Spielberg film based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name that came out the previous year (1974) is considered one of the greatest films ever made. When Spielberg was reading the novel, he said: “I’d like to do the picture if I could change the first two acts and base the first two acts on original screenplay material, and then be very true to the book for the last third.” Many of the minor deviations from Peter’s text played out perfectly. It is one of the very few movies way better than the book.
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14. Psycho (1960)
Under the direction and production of legendary Alfred Hitchcock, Psycho surpassed the original brilliance of Robert Bloch’s novel that came out the year earlier. The character of Norman Bates in the book is a creepy middle-aged overweight, but in Hitchcock’s adaptation, the casting of Anthony Perkins is quite different that changed the overall look of the movie. The movie fills what lacks in the original text; jump-scares and soundtracks and thrilling moments that made the movie one of the best ever, a must watch.