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I didn’t like this as much as I liked the book, but it was a nice way to spend an evening. Kat Dennings is absolutely mesmerizing, so much so that Michael Cera faded into the background a bit. There are some laugh-out-loud funny lines in the movie, but if you have to choose one, read the book.
Oh! I forgot that they made a major plot point change between the book and the movie that I disagree with. The book is much better. Much.
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Aren’t the books always better? Do you know of any movies that turn out better than the books? Hmmmm….I can think of movies that were as good as the books…but better…hmmm…
I knew I could think of some if I gave it some time. Sometimes the movie fleshes out things that don’t really come to life on the page, or makes a more coherent narrative. There is even a list on Goodreads titled “The Movie Was Better Than the Book”. I disagree with many of them, but here are some I agree with:
Eddie and the Cruisers
Also sometimes I like both the movie and the book best because they both bring out good qualities in the story:
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Orchid Thief/Adaptation
That said, about 90% of the time the book is at least as good as the movie, but mostly better.