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5 Movies That Were Better Than the Books They Were Based On

Movies are very hard to make. This is especially true when said movie is based on a book, because this means the story already has an army of eagle-eyed superfans who are going to be hypercritical of every casting decision, every overlooked detail, every unnecessary romantic subplot. As a result, movie adaptations of beloved novels are sometimes good, rarely great, and often disappointing.

However! Occasionally—VERY occasionally—there comes a movie that’s even better than the book. Sounds fake, I know, but I swear it happens. Here are a few examples.

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