7 Movies That Are Actually Better Than the Book They Were Based On

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When I was eight, for whatever reason, I developed a peculiar obsession with creating highly inconsequential vows for myself. I vowed to never eat Chex Mix because my friend once threw it at me when we were walking to swim practice. I vowed that, for every morning for the rest of my life, the first thing I would do was read three Garfield comic strips. And, finally, I vowed that I would never, ever watch a movie without first reading the book.

I decided this when I read Alice in Wonderland after seeing the movie and realized that the book was highly superior to the movie. Thus, I came to the conclusion that, without fail, books are always greater than their movies. Why waste any time on something that wasn’t up to my (dubious) standards?

Just to be sure, I’d read a book and then watch its movie adaptation, just so that I would be proven right. But in some cases, though I would never admit it, I was proven wrong. Some movies are, in fact, better than the book they are based on. I guess with every rule — even the most ardent ones set forth by an eccentric eight-year-old — there are a few exceptions. Here are the exceptions to the books-are-always-better-than-the-movie rule:

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