Overall, I think that books are better than their adaptations since they typically leave out the best part of the book; however, there are a few exceptions.
Book: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
I love Pretty Little Liars, the show, and watched the it long before I decided to pick up the books. I always forget that this was originally a book series, and for a good reason. The books were insane and I never was able to get myself to finish the series. The plot lines were laughable. It was so hard to follow and I thought that the show did an amazing job mixing the mystery with an actual teenager’s life, which the book never did.
Book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Both the TV show (I’m only comparing the first season of the show) and the book have a lot of problems, but I thought that the show did the story much better. The book took place over one night and only showed how Clay was affected by Hannah’s death. I always liked that the show had everyone’s perspective especially since Clay wasn’t the only character who was impacted.
Book: Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
I know that this is a popular story (especially the movie), but I’m not a big fan of either the book or movie. Part of why I didn’t like this book was because there wasn’t a lot of dialogue between the characters and Elio grew feelings for Oliver very quickly. The movie changed these things for the better and I thought that Timothee Chalamet and Armie Hammer brought a lot to the movie. The movie was much better, but it still wasn’t my kind of story.
Book: A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks
A Walk to Remember is my favorite Nicholas Sparks book and some of my favorite parts of the book were cut from the movie, but the movie is slightly better, in my opinion. The ending of the movie is what put it ahead of the book. The movie ends with Landon staying close with Jamie’s dad, but the book ended with them still on bad terms. It gave the story much more closure than the book ever did.
Book: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I love the books by Jenny Han, but the movies are amazing. They are some of my favorite movies of all time as Noah Centineo and Lana Condor did a great job bringing the characters to life. I think the story was so much better suited for a movie than a book and is exactly the type of movie that I love. Don’t get me wrong, though, because the books are great contemporary stories.
I still think that most books are better than their adaptation, but there are always some exceptions. Let me know in the comments if there is a movie or TV show you think is better than the book!