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#BrunchBookChallenge: Book better, or the movie?

Five authors pick one movie they felt was better than the book it was based on

brunch Updated: Mar 16, 2019 21:57 IST
Sarah Mirza
Sarah Mirza
Hindustan Times
(From left) Authors Sabyn Javeri, Amish Tripathi, Karishma Attari, Vish Dhamija and Ira Trivedi pick one movie they found better than the book

The Giver (2014)
Sabyn Javeri

The Giver

The Giver (2014) based on Lois Lowry’s book from 1993. The film is brilliant because it translates the novel visually in a beautiful way. The visual translation is done in a manner that does not lose the essence of the book.”

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Amish Tripathi

To kill A Mockingbird

“I know the absence of Aunt Alexandra in the movie is something that upsets readers. But, the heart of the book for many readers is the character of Atticus Finch, and Gregory Peck truly brought this character alive. He took the movie to a whole new level.”

The Godfather (1972)
Karishma Attari

The Godfather

“I remember being entertained by how the book adheres to the instant gratification of being a thriller. Then I saw the film series by Coppola and found it to be a whole other experience on account of being so layered and almost expressing universal truths, despite being about a specific world which is highly disturbing.”

Love Story (1970)
Vish Dhamija

Love Story

Love Story (1970), because Erich Segal’s book was amazing, however with the movie’s background score and award-winning performances by Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, the film was an epic one. I still end up crying whenever I watch it.”

Gone Girl (2014)
Ira Trivedi

Gone Girl

Gone Girl (2014), because the movie was just amazing. After watching it, I read the book again and I still felt the movie was better. Ben Affleck was great in it. This is a must watch.”

From HT Brunch, March 17, 2019

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First Published: Mar 16, 2019 21:56 IST