This topic. This topic was SO HARD for me because I generally like both the book and the adaptation equally in their own ways. So think of this moreso as a I-love-them-both-equally-but-if-I-absolutely-had-to-pick-I’d-pick-the-book-but-that-causes-me-a-LOT-of-pain-to-think-about-and-also-I’m-a-Gemini-so-I-can’t-make-decisions-to-save-my-life-sometimes-so-I-did-my-best list.
1. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Okay this is a legitimate the book was better than the movie because what even was the movie? The second film was better but the first one was so messy and I remember being supremely upset that they didn’t make Annabeth blonde in the film (although they did in the second??). I think Logan Lerman did a great job in the movie but I’m eager to see what comes of the television show and have high hopes for it.
2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
I think they actually did a pretty good job of adapting this book to screen but I do think the book was better. It has a lot more detail than they were able to include in the film but I was definitely pleasantly surprised to see how close the movie was to its source material. I also like that the film gave me a way to picture the wights since they were hard to conceptualize for me based on words. I hope to see them adapt the other books into film in the future, especially because I think the series gets better as it goes on, but I haven’t heard any rumors of anything happening anytime soon sadly.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Admittedly I’m partial to the 2005 Kiera Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen version but I think this centers around the fact that I’ve only seen the 1995 BBC version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle a single time and I didn’t pay attention nearly at all. (We had to watch to it for drama class because we were putting on a play of Pride and Prejudice and I had a minor roll and was also only 13 so I was more interested in chatting with my friends the entire movie and listening to music secretly than actually watching. Alas, the sins of my youth). I LOVE the film and have seen it more times than I can count. I still get goosebumps during certain scenes when rewatching it. So this fits in my I love them both equally but if forced to choose, I’d still pick the book category.
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
This may be blasphemous to say but I think that Sense & Sensibility may be more likeable for the average reader who isn’t into classics and easier to get into for them than Pride & Prejudice. The writing is a bit easier and the plot a bit more simple to follow in my opinion. Regardless the 1995 version with Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, (a very young) Hugh Grant, and (rip) Alan Rickman is an amazing adaptation that really captures the spirit of the book and follows it quite closely. I recently rewatched it and swooned all over again in so many places. If you haven’t seen it, give it a watch! It’s on Amazon Prime at the moment. This fits squarely into my category of liking both but obviously picking the book if I absolutely had to.
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I actually didn’t love The Hunger Games that much when it was first published nor did I love the movies when they first released. I think it’s mostly because I was into contemporary when it was published and I also got tired of how often Katniss cried in the latter films (I’m awkward around emotional people, my Virgo moon doesn’t compute). Now however I actually enjoy the films and have watched them more than once as an adult. I still would drop my lot into the book was better though if asked.