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8 Books That Are Worse Than Their Film Counterparts

We all know that one friend who is always saying “The book is so much better than the film”, but what about when the book is worse than the film? Here are 8 books that are MUCH worse than their film counterpart.

#1 Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat

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3 Idiots is among the top 10 highest grossing movies in India. Chetan bhagat's site claims 3 Idiots to be inspired from his book but the book is a piece of crap, in the typical Chetan Style of mixing a boy forced to live life like everyone else, write a masala sex scene and then show the single-layered story unfold in a predictable fashion. 

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Contributors: Divyanshu Shukla from FlickZee

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    #2 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick

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    Blade Runner is one of my favorite movies of all time. The book it's based on is Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick. There is quite a difference between the two. I wouldn't say Do Androids Dream is a bad book. It's very interesting. However, it can't compare with the film it inspired, which is arguably one of the greatest movies ever made.

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    Contributors: Adam Cole from A Jazz Musician Who Writes Books

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    #3 Forrest Gump by Winston Groom

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    This rarely happens but the exception is the film Forrest Gump which is in my top 10 favorites; is based on the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Book Forrest is much different than the character Tom Hanks portrays in the film. 

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    #4 Stardust by Neil Gaiman

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    Although Neil Gaiman is a great author and some of his stuff has been spectacular, Stardust was worse than the movie. He meanders, gets off the plot too much, and ultimately, I didn't have that sense of awe with the book like I did with the movie. 

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    Contributors: Kyle Weckerly from Weckerly Writer

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    #5 Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King

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    As a former high school English teacher, it pains me to say that the movie is much better-- but it is! They obviously shortened the title for the movie, but added details and events to improve upon the novella. 

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    #6 The Shining by Stephen King

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    The Shining is one of those pieces of pop culture most anyone knows. Except it’s Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation they generally think of; not the 1977 novel by Stephen King. Perhaps that’s because of Jack Nicholson, whose brilliant acting and adlibs bring untold levels of sophistication to the main character, but I think it’s due more likely to the direction Kubrick and co-writer Diane Johnson chose to take the story—instead of focusing on the evils of alcohol addiction for half the outing as the book does (and simultaneously boring the pants off the audience), the film focuses instead on the dangers of physical and mental isolation, its impact on the family dynamic… and, if you dig into the narrative, the potential existential horrors of reincarnation.

    The nuanced story, combined with Kubrick’s groundbreaking visuals—including some of the earliest steady-cam work and an abundance of unreferenced set pieces—and superb sound mixing, allowed the film adaptation to push the horror genre into new realms—and pop culture has justly rewarded it for doing so. The book, on the other hand? It was only King’s third published novel, and while it becomes an enjoyable read in the latter half, it suffers greatly from overstuffed confession-like diatribes seemingly more suited to a private journal than for entertainment purposes and hardly holds a candle to some of King’s other novels.

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    Contributors: Warren Pawlowski from Drunk on Writing

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    #7 Jaws by Peter Benchley

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    Classic movie but an average to not very good book. The suspense that Spielberg had in the movie didn't exist in the book. 

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    Contributors: Jvonne Hubbard 

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    #8 The Godfather by Mario Puzo

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    The book was not good at all. After reading it I couldn't believe that out of that could become arguably the greatest two films of all time.

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    Contributors: Jvonne Hubbard 

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