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Five Movies That Are (Arguably) Better Than the Book
Check out these flicks based on literary favorites

Movies and books have a lot in common. They both tell stories, make us think, and introduce us to new and interesting worlds. Most people agree that books are usually better than their film adaptations. Although, every once in a while there is a movie that becomes even more popular than the book. These are some of those movies.
“Les Miserables”
While Victor Hugo's 1,500-page epic, “Les Miserables” is considered a classic, many people in contemporary times find it a laborious read and prefer to watch the 2012 musical adaptation of the same name, based on the long-running Broadway show. Great music and eye-popping visuals give the viewer a unique experience.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
This film that tells the tale of a man who ages backwards received critical acclaim for its quirky story and special effects. The short story it is based on, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, contained much less detail than what is seen in the movie. Director David Fincher took artistic license when he added new characters, extra scenes, and a different tone to this peculiar tale.
“The Lord of the Rings”
Although J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy masterpiece is considered one of the best books ever written, director Peter Jackson took on the challenge of crafting films of equal quality. All three of the “Lord of the Rings” movies are cherished among fans of the novel and movie-goers alike. The final film in the trilogy, “The Return of the King,” even garnered an Oscar for Best Picture.
“Jurassic Park”
Michael Crichton's novel brought readers to an entirely new landscape where dinosaurs existed in the modern day. However, Steven Spielberg upped the ante and gave us jaw-dropping special effects and amazing dino technology. Even now, 24 years later, the velociraptor scene still scares the pants off of many people. Spielberg also made the film much easier to understand than the book.
“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”
Many fans of the Harry Potter series would strongly disagree with this one, but there's no denying that the film version of J.K. Rowling's 870-page book weeds out all the slow parts of the novel. While the novel includes much about the children in the school, the movie focuses on a more important topic: the impending doom of the wizarding world. However, a case can be made that all of the other Harry Potter books are just as good as their movies, if not better.
Books give us a world where we can conjure up our own images. Movies can sometimes serve as a form of checklist, so we can see how much we imagined right. But then again, the makers of films are just using their own imagination as well. Even though it's extremely rare, sometimes a movie takes us to a place far beyond where the book ever did.
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