MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Because the final Harry Potter movie opens at midnight Friday morning (I can’t believe how many local theaters have sold out!) we got to thinking about movies based on books.

Most of the Potter fans I talked with loved the books more than the movies. Frankly, I almost always love the book more than the movie. I think it’s because I get to imagine the book unfolding in my mind. The only hard thing for me is trying to pronounce the names correctly in my head.

At any rate, the people at Goodreads put together a list where the book was better than the movie. I want to know what you think! What’s the book you loved, where the movie really disappointed you? What movie was better than the book?

And why do you think the movie is sometimes so disappointing? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Jason DeRusha

Comments (13)
  1. Steve Bouressa says:

    I saw the first Godfather movie. Then, read the book while flying to Thailand in 1972. The book offered up a plethora of information that filled in a lot of blanks. It explained a lot!
    I can’t say whether it would have been better to read the book first, or see the movie. In any event, I enjoyed being enlightened by the book.

  2. Hannah Danielson says:

    Hi Jason-

    My name is Hannah Danielson, and I am 13 years old. I was and am a big fan of the Percy Jackson books. I was ecstatic when I heard there would be a movie. I had finished all the books and, as the big Harry Potter fans did, brought the first Percy Jackson book to the movie. The movie was entitled The Lightning Thief, the same as the FIRST book in the series. I knew that book inside and out. I was shocked when they changed who betrayed Percy. I realize that they didn’t want to completely copy the book, but I think that they could’ve cut some other things out of the movie instead of totally changing the plot of the movie. I am also a big Harry Potter fan, but I only started reading the books a couple of weeks ago. I am only part way through the 2nd book, so I am not rushing to see the new movie. I think that the movie writers should keep the main plot of the book, instead of keeping the little details.

    1. Jason DeRusha says:

      Hey Hannah! Thanks for watching – and for the comment! I agree- you don’t want a movie to be the total retelling of a book — but when they change it so drastically, you think: What’s the point?

  3. Jenny says:

    The Shining was a big disappointment for me. While I kind of sort of understand why Kubrick deviated from the book, sometimes you stray too far from the original plot of the book and it becomes something completely new. Same location, same characters, completely different story.

  4. Jenny says:

    And I just ran through the list on the link you gave….I think I’m going to disagree with their pick of The Princess Bride book being better then the movie. I thought both were wickedly funny. I still pick up the book occasionally when I need a good laugh, and I’m only slightly ashamed to say I’ve got the movie memorized.

    1. Jason DeRusha says:

      I haven’t read the book – but The Princess Bride movie is a classic!

  5. Kevin says:

    Hands down, the worst Movie based on a book would have to be Starship Troopers. It managed to turn Hienliens classic political and ethical commentary into something less than a Saurday morning cartoon.

    If Stranger in a Strange land is ever Cinemized, I will not even consider seeing it.

  6. Sharon says:

    The worst movie based on a book was “Sahara.” If you’ve read the book, by Clive Cussler, you’ll realize they left out THE pivotal story line about Abraham Lincoln, and how this new discovery about Lincoln would change our country’s history.

  7. TG says:

    “A Walk to Remember” was a good book. A nice story. The movie barely followed the same plot. The movie occurred in a different era and changed the personalities of the characters. I liked the book and was very dissappointed in the movie. People who only saw the movie thought it was fine.

    1. Blah says:

      I would have to agree. Another bust would have to be “The Notebook.”

  8. Oh my poor Eyes says:

    Battlefield Earth is the worst movie I’ve ever watched and the first movie that I almost walked out on. It has horrible effects, makeup, extreme overacting balanced against extreme underacting.
    Any movie I go see now is balanced against a scale of “How bad was it compared to Battlefield Earth?” and so far everything has been better with only few exceptions coming close like “Gulliver’s Travels”.

  9. Janice says:

    I agree with Jenny. The 1st Shining was awful & I read Stephen King was very mad at the lousy job they did of his story. The remakes were each a little better but none were good. Last one I didn’t like the guy in the main part. The only movie I can remember I walked out on was Caligula- I like gore but the sexual violence almost made me pass out & I had to leave. That was back between 1979 and 1982 I think.

  10. Janice says:

    The notebook I liked (probably a woman’s movie) & Ryan Gosling is hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!