In one corner, we have the original story as it was told by the author, call it what you may: book, eReader, etc. THE defending champion who will stand up today and reclaim its title, if it can.
In the other corner, we have the film version of the same story, hoping to throw down some new moves and claim the title for itself.
I give you, the Friday Showdown : Book vs. Film
So tell me, my writerly friends, are their any stories out there where you prefer the film story over the original author's story? In most every case, the book always rules for me and the films are often a disappointment. I love the in depth story the books give and how I get to imagine the characters and scenes. Some films are pretty close to the originals (Harry Potter, Star Wars) but some films tend to leave out very important details or fly through pivotal scenes so the crux of the story is missed.
There just so happens to be a few films I prefer over the original story. Not to say I didn't enjoy the books as well--most are my favorite books as well as films--but in these rare cases, I actually prefer the film version story to the original author story.
A few off the top of my head:
The Count of Monte Cristo
Either it's the happier ending or just the addition or blending of characters/scenes that made me enjoy the film version more than the original story. Now, I give all credit where credit is due. The films would be nothing without the original author story. I LOVE all four of those books written by talented authors who dreamt up these stories in the first place.
BUT .... when it comes down to it, the film version stories are more fulfilling. Those happen to be four of my fave movies as well.
What are your thoughts? Any films you prefer over the original story? It's rare, I know. But they are out there. Do you disagree? Why?