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Which TV Shows And Movies Actually Managed To Outdo The Books They Were Based On?

Typically, the book is better than the adaptation. My personal theory is that it's because a book allows you to get inside the main character's head in a way a TV show or movie never could. Sometimes, however, the premise of a book is better than its execution, and the onscreen adaptation does a much better job of telling the story.

For example, after Freeform canceled The Nine Lives of Chloe King, I tried to read the book series by Celia Thomson, but IMO, it paled in comparison.

Brian and Chloe staged in a dramatic pose on a staircase, him standing bent over Chloe, who is lying back on the steps
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Or this may be a hot take: I loved Little Women by Louisa May Alcott when I read it as a kid, but watching the 2019 movie adaptation as an adult was an absolutely magical experience. It was the first time I truly understood why Jo and Laurie didn't end up together.

Jo and Laurie exchange a sad look in the movie
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And The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is incredible, but nothing compares to seeing Katniss's "Girl on Fire" dress on a giant screen.

Katniss spins on her stage, the skirt of her dress catching fire
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Which movie or TV adaptation do you think was better than the book it was based on? Why? Share your answers in the comments, and they may be featured in an upcoming BuzzFeed Community post!