Over the weekend T and I saw Gone Girl. I really liked it, though I’ve found that with books-turned-movies, I usually like the book better than the movie. Here are five instances where I recommend reading the book before seeing the movie.
Since I already mentioned it, let’s start here. The book explains a lot more (trying not to leave any spoilers here!) and goes deeper into certain characters that the movie makes seem much more peripheral. The movie does a really fabulous job, though, of leaving you with a “Whoa.” (P.S. Gillian Flynn’s book Dark Places is also becoming a movie, set to come out in 2015.)
This is the one and only book my “book club” at my previous job read, and it was mostly so we had an excuse to go see the movie together. Both were great, but this is one particular case where I think I liked my imagined version of the characters better than the movie‘s version.
I think I cried equally at the end of the book and the end of the movie (and continue to do so when I re-read or re-watch). I’m a huge Rachel McAdams fan (#girlcrush), and the casting in the movie was phenomenal. Plus, they totally got the set and the costumes down. But, let’s be real here, Nicholas Sparks is kind of a romantic genius.
In Her Shoes
This is just a feel-good book that translates into a feel-good movie. I think part of why I like both the book and movie so much is because I have sisters, but the relationships translate nicely to friends, too, if you don’t have sisters!
Do you have any book-turned-movie combos where you liked the movie better than the book?