Book vs. Movie

They say that the book is always better than the movie...which is frequently true. But on this page, I want to recommend a few of the movies that I feel do the book justice although it might not follow the plot, characters, or feeling of the book quite exactly. I'd love to get more feedback and help this list grow.

One of my favorite books growing up was Because of Winn Dixie. It was one of the books that I read in my fourth-grade book club, of which I have fond memories. We even went and saw the movie when it came out in the theaters. There are a few subtle differences but I feel like the essence of this classic childhood story was preserved in the film. Winn Dixie helps Opal to make new friends in the town that she moves into, something that I experienced many times in my childhood.

Okay... Maybe I just am not a hard judge when it comes to the movie versions of books but I felt like The Book Thief  was another book that was actually able to make the transition to film. Markus Zusak did an incredible job with this book. It tells the story of a young girl, Liesel, in 1938 Germany...she has lost her family and is taken in by a couple who end up taking care of her. In the course of the story, Liesel learns to love books and even saves one from a Nazi bonfire. The story gets even more intense when they start hiding a Jewish boy in their home. All of the story's emotion translates pretty well to the film in my opinion. They did a great job with casting the main characters. I really enjoyed watching the film. I wasn't disappointed whatsoever in the transition they were able to make between the two mediums!


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