A Book-ish week from NPR – Can Movies be better than their Books?

WNYC’s The Takeaway via NPR broadcast a playful story exploring the possibility of a book’s film adaptation actually surpassing the text, be it in quality or presentation. A director translating an author’s work more effectively than the writer? Is it possible?

Feel free to leave comments here and cast your own votes. The library staff had their own debate and wound up agreeing (with NPR listeners) that it is, albeit rarely, possible.


Take a listen: What are the Best Movie Versions of Books?

Okay, maybe it’s not entirely possible. But the morning news show at least entertained the idea that some book’s adaptations are better than others. Like, no one should ever attempt a Vonnegut book – or, the Golden Compass was a bit of a train wreck. Feel free to cast votes for great book adaptations or horrible book adaptations – either way.


Talk of the Nation did a presentation on “Why We Write(?)”

Listen to the broadcast with author interviews sharing insights, reflections, advice and secrets of the written word; it’s power and it’s persuasion.

What’s The Story (from NPR’s Talk of the Nation)

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2 Responses to A Book-ish week from NPR – Can Movies be better than their Books?

  1. Sarah says:

    While I would say that 9 times out of 10 the book is better, there is still that 1/10 of the time where the movie is better. I’m a strong believer in not judging a book by its movie and I cringe when I recommend a book to someone (I work at Borders) and they say “oh, no I’ve seen the movie.”

    The best example I can think of is fight club, I personally really did not like the book. It was well written, but I just couldn’t engage with it partly because all of the characters are so unlikeable. However in the movie due to some exceptional acting and a bit or reordering you don’t exactly like the characters, but you are drawn to them and want to know what is going to happen to them. In my opinion anyway.

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