Book vs Movie

Shutter Island Book vs Movie Review

Martin Scorsese teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio to adapt the Dennis Lehane thriller, Shutter Island! This movie is stays very close to the book, bu there is still just so much to talk about with this mindbending story!

Dracula Book vs Movies Review

Bram Stoker’s Dracula has taken on a life of its own. After reading the book I watched 6 different Dracula movies to find out which one is the most faithful, and if being more faithful makes for a better adaptation.

Zodiac True Story vs Movie Review

The San Fransisco Zodiac killer has sparked numerous movies, but the 2007 David FIncher movie is based on the book by Robert Graysmith who has spent decades trying to crack the case.

The Birds Book vs Movie Review

The Birds directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Tippi Hedren has become so iconic. But did you know it is based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier? Find out how the two compare and which I like best!

BlackBerry Movie vs True Story Review

The new Matt Johnson movie starring Glenn Howerton and Jay Baruchel documents the true story of the BlackBerry phone. But how close does it stay to the truth? Check out today’s episode to find out!

Peter Pan and Wendy Book vs Movie Review

David Lowery’s adaptation of the beloved Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie is a fun, beautifully shot movie. But how does it compare to the book? I was surprised how much I loved the book, so the movie had a lot to live up to!

The Mist Book vs Movie Review

Frank Darabont adapted Stephen King’s novella The Mist, which is about a group of people that are trapped in a grocery store when a mysterious mist takes over the town. Find out how the two compare and what the movie changed!

One True Loves Book vs Movie Review

Taylor Jenkins Reid is a popular author who is finally being adapted! One True Loves tells the story of a women who is torn between two loves. Is the movie able to capture the chemistry between the characters in the book? Check out today’s episode and find out!

East of Eden Book vs Movie (1955) Review

John Steinbeck’s magnum opus was adapted into a movie starring one of the three roles James Dean was in. The movie captures just a fragment of the book, so here I get into the details that the movie left out and what they changed.

Gerald’s Game Book vs Movie Review

Stephen King’s sister novel to Dolores Claiborne was adapted by Mike Flanagan for Netflix. Does the movie change the the details of the plot? DO they keep the terrible book ending? Find out here!

L.A. Confidential Book vs Movie Review

James Ellroy popular noir crime thriller was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie. The book is very complex, so the question is: how were they able to make such a successful and faithful adaptation of an “adaptable” book?

Frankenstein Book vs Movie Review

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the most famous science fiction/monster stories of all time. It has been adapted many times, but I will be comparing it with the Boris Karloff movies as well as the 1994 version.

The Grapes of Wrath Book vs Movie Review

John Steinbeck of one of America’s great writers, and today I am talking about one of his most famous books which was adapted into a critically acclaimed movie-The Grapes of Wrath. The movie leaves out a bit from the book as well as changing the ending. Check out this book vs movie to find out what was changed and what the end of the book means.

The Red Pony Book vs Movie Review

These coming of age stories written by John Steinbeck are about Jody as he faces adult situations and emotions for the first time. The movie stays true to the book in some ways, but find out why the books wins!

Native Son Book vs Movies 1951, 1986, 2019 Review

Richard Wright’s famous novel has been adapted multiple times, the most recent version being modified to take place in todays day. Can any of these movies really compare to the book which goes so in depth into the character of Bigger Thomas and what led his to make the choices he did?

Book vs Movie season two recap! Review

Looking back on the 53 book vs movie episodes I have covered on Why the Book Wins! Sharing what I think are the best books, the best movies, as well as the ones I wasn’t too keen on. I also share what you can expect going into season three!

Bullet Train Book vs Movie Review

Bullet Train is a fast paced action comedy by Japanese author Kotaro Isaka that was adapted into a movie starring Brad Pitt. I loved this book so much, so the movie had big shoes to fill. Did it do the book justice, and what changes were made? Listen and find out!

Doctor Sleep Book vs Movie Review

Doctor Sleep is a kind of the sequel to The Shining-one of the most beloved book and movies of all time! Can Stephen King pull it off? And what about the movie adaption?? Find out how the two compare as well as how they each incorporate The Shining.

The Gray Man Book vs Movie Review

The Gray Man is an action movie about a CIA agent who becomes the target of every assassin in the world. Does this impressive cast and blockbuster directors give us a movie as exciting as the book??

Dark Places Book vs Movie Review

This Gillian Flynn novel is about a woman uncovering the truth of who killed her family. The adaptation stars Charlize Theron, and even though it is true to the book-the book wins. FInd out why!

Sometimes a Great Notion Book vs Movie Review

Ken Kesey’s magnum opus isn’t nearly as well known as his first novel, despite being adapted into a movie starring Paul Newman, Henry Fonda and Lee Remick. Today I talk about why I love this book so much, and how it compares to the 1971 movie.

The Beguiled Book vs Movie Original vs Remake Review

The Beguiled is a tense story of an injured man who is brought back to health by a group of women and girls. It has been adapted twice, once with Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page, then again with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. But does either film do the book justice?

Holes Book vs Movie Review

This great kids book by Louis Sachar was adapted into a movie starring Shia LaBeouf, Sigourney Weaver and Jon Voight! Sachar wrote the screenplay himself, so does that mean the movie stays faithful?

Dolores Claiborne Book vs Movie Review

This underrated Stephen King book was adapted into a movie starring Kathy Bates and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Even though we get great performances, there is something lacking and some changes made which cause me to not like the movie as much as the book.

Joe Book vs Movie (2013) Review

Joe is a novel by Larry Brown that was adapted into a movie starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan. Everyone in this movie delivers an amazing, real performance. But are these performances enough to make me say the movie wins over the book?

The Phantom of the Opera book vs movies (1925 & 2004) Review

This novel is more of a horror story than the romance Andrew Lloyd Weber turned it into. Having said that, the musical is surprisingly close to the book! The Lon Chaney stays true to the horror side of the story, but that movie has its own differences in regards to speeding up the story. Listen to how all three compare!

Firestarter Book vs Movie Original vs Remake Review

This Stephen King novel about a girl who has the ability to control fire has been adapted twice. Does either do the book justice? can John Carpenter and Zac Efron save the 2022 adaptation from being a disappointment? Is Drew Barrymore a bad child actor?? Check out this book vs movie to find out!

Secret Window Book vs Movie Review

This Stephen King novella was made into a movie starring Johnny Depp, who was riding the high from his Pirates of the Caribbean movie. The movie makes a change that totally took me by surprise! But does this change make the story better or worse?

Their Eyes Were Watching God Book vs Movie Review

Zora Neale Hurston is a famous African American author who wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, which was adapted into a movie starring Halle Berry and produced by Oprah Winfrey. How does the movie compare to this classic novel about a woman finding true love, and finding herself?

Matchstick Men Book vs Movie Review

This Ridley Scott movie starring Nicholas Cage and Sam Rockwell was adapted from the novel by Eric Garcia. The story follows the story of a conman whose daughter shows up and changes his life and the life of his partner. The movie makes some changes to the end, but overall follows the book pretty close!

The Road Book vs Movie Review

The Road is a desolate novel by Cormac McCarthy which was adapted into a movie starring Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit0McPhee. The movie stays very true to the book! Check out today’s episode to learn what I thought of each and what minor changes were made.

Anne of Green Gables Book vs Movie (1985) Review

Anne of Green Gables is a beloved book about an orphan girl who is adopted by an aging brother and sister and the impact she has on those around her. The best adaptation is the 1985 TV movie version and today I talk about why I love both!

Deep Water Book vs Movie Review

This Patricia Highsmith novel about a suburban couple who have a toxic relationship was adapted into a movie starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas. The movie stays true to the novel up until the end-find out what has been changed!

The Hustler Book vs Movie Review

This Walter Tevis novel was adapted into a movie starring Paul Newman. It was a critically renowned movie, and for good reason! There is one huge change from book to movie which gives the movie an even stronger meaning.

Silver Linings Playbook Book vs Movie Review

This David O. Russel movie stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawerence and Robert De Niro and is based on the novel by Matthew Quick. Both focus on mental illness, bipolar disorder in the movie and brain damage in the book. Even though the book and movie are very similar, there are some big changes made.

After Yang Book vs Movie Review

After Yang is based on the short story by Alexander Weinstein from his book Children of the New World. This takes place in a sci-fi future where “technosapiens” have been created. The movie takes things in a different direction than I thought they would. Listen to here what I thought of both!

The Lost Daughter Book vs Movie Review

The Lost Daughter is directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, adapted from the book by Italian author Elena Ferrante. This isn’t a book or movie everyone loves, and some people have, understandably, conflicted feelings. The movie follows the source novel very close with really just one change to end. Hear what’s different, and my thoughts on both!

The Power of the Dog Book vs Movie Review

This critically acclaimed movie is based on the novel by Thomas Savage. Both are amazing and the movie stays pretty close to the book. Here, I discuss the nuances in each, the meaning of both, and what few things were changed from book to movie.

The Double by Jose Saramago Book vs Enemy Movie-Ending Explained Review

The Double by Jose Saramago was made into the movie Enemy directed by by Denis Villeneuve. Understanding the meaning of either is difficult and whereas the movie has a more definite meaning, the book seems more open to interpretation. Listen to me try to make sense of the book, followed by a chat with The Forgotten Cinema Podcast about the movie!

Death on the Nile Book vs Movie (2022) Review

The new adaptation of one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot murder mystery. Directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh and stars Gal Gadot, Armie Hammer and Branagh as Poirot. There aren’t too many changes from book to movie, but there are some key details left out of the movie!

Cold Mountain Book vs Movie Review

Cold Mountain is an award winning book and movie telling the story of Inman as he returns home. Both book and movie are so critically acclaimed, but in the end, which is the better of the two?

The Tender Bar Book vs Movie Review

The new George Clooney movie starring Ben Affleck is based on the memoir about a boy who is raised by a bar. The movie makes some big changes to this heartfelt story. But do those changes do justice to the real events?

The Snowman Book vs Movie Review

The popular Harry Hole detective novel by Norwegian Jo Nesbo was made into a notoriously bad movie starring Michael Fassbender. Today I discuss the changes that were made to the script, some of the logistical reasons behind the failure of the movie, and what I thought of this winter murder mystery.

The Shining Book vs Movie Review

Stephen King’s The Shining was adapted by the famous Stanley Kubrick starring Jack Nicholson. This movie is so famous and well loved, despite being so different from the book in a lot of ways. I talk about the differences that were made, as well as talking about why I love both book and movie for their separate strengths.

The Revenant Book vs Movie Review

The Revenant is based on a true story of Hugh Glass, but both book and movie took liberties with the story seeing as little of the truth is known. Which version of this incredible event is the best? And find out some huge differences between book and movie.

A Christmas Carol Book vs Movie (1984) Review

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is one of the most well known Christmas stories of all time. It has been adapted time and time again; but today I will be comparing it with the 1984 version starring George C. Scott. Hear how the two compare!

Nightmare Alley Book vs Movie (2021) Review

Guillermo Del Toro directs the movie adaptation which stars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett. How does it compare with the noir carnival book by William Lindsay Gresham? This is a great adaptation, but there are some changes to be talked about. I also analyze the characters and the message of this great story.

Beloved Book vs Movie Review

Beloved is the Pulitzer prize winning novel by Toni Morrison. It’s about people that are haunted by their past-their past abuses as well as their own actions from the past. The movie stars Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover in the lead roles. The movie follows the book very closely, but there is still a lot to break down here as we discuss the differences between book and movie, and the deep symbolism in both.

House of Gucci Movie vs True Story Review

This Ridley Scott film has been highly anticipated. Did it live up to the hype? And how does it compare to the true story which we read about in the book by Sarah Gay Forden? Is this story of murder, madness, glamor and greed within the Gucci family better told in book or movie?

Goodfellas Book vs Movie Review

This iconic Martin Scorsese film is based on the book Wiseguy. The movie follows the true story of Henry Hill very close; but does it still end up falling short of the book?

Concrete Cowboy Book vs Movie Review

This story shines a light on the story of the black cowboys of North Philadelphia. With that as its backdrop, we are told a story about family, relationships, community and love. The book is meant for a teenage audience, while the movie has a more adult approach. When ended up being the version?

Jane Eyre Book vs Movie (2011) Review

Many people name this gothic novel as their favorite book and it is with good reason! This movie adaptation stars Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender and is the best version in my opinion. Find out why I love both book and movie so much!

Crooked House Book vs Movie Review

This is one of Agatha Christie’s personal favorites of hers, is the movie just as good? Starring Glenn Close and directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, find out how this murder mystery compares to its original source novel!

Gone Girl Book vs Movie Review

Gillian Flynn wrote this psychological thriller which has so many turns, you never know what to expect. The movie stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and follows the book fairly close. However there are some key elements left out of the movie, which causes the overall theme to change considerably.

Misery Book vs Movie Review

Kathy Bates portrayal of the psychotic number one fan has gone down in film history. There’s no denying that Misery is an amazing movie, but how does it compare to the original Stephen King novel? We go deep as I discuss the symbolism of Annie Wilkes, and the power writing can have over your demons. As well as the differences from book to movie-and there’s a lot!

The Death of Stalin Book vs Movie Review

In the wake of Stalin’s death, those in his close circle battle it out to see how will be next in charge. How much does this British comedy change from the original comic book? And how much of it actually happened in real life?

Child 44 Book vs Movie Review

The Soviet Union under the control of Stalin is an interesting setting as it is. Then we have the Leo, an officer of the government who starts questioning his blind obedience. Then on top of that, there area series of murders that need solving! Find out how this intriguing book compares with the movie!

Sir Gawain and The Green Knight Book vs Movie Review

The chivalric romance set in King Arthur’s court about Sir Gawain and The Green Knight. The original source is a poem, which is really more like a short story. There is a lot of symbolism and metaphors in both book and movie, and here I explain both while comparing the differences!

The Prestige Book vs Movie Review

Two magicians have a feud which will eventually lead to their demise. The movie is a great adaptation, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some huge changes between the book and movie.

We Were Soldiers Book vs Movie Review

We Were Soldiers documents the Ia Drang battle in Vietnam which was the first time the US military and Vietnam military officially battled. Here I discuss the book and movie adaptation with my brother who has a different perspective since he himself is in the Army!

Blackkklansman Book vs Movie Review

The story of a black cop who goes undercover in the KKK. The craziest part? It’s based on a true story. But does the movie stick to the truth, or did exaggerate when bringing this story to the big screen?

Mystic River Book vs Movie Review

This Clint Eastwood adaptation stays very close to the book. What is left out however is that internal dialogue that makes such a difference when trying to understand a character. Listen and find out more to understand their motives for what they do.

Cool Hand Luke Book vs Movie Review

Not many people realize Cool Hand Luke is based on a book! The movie starring Paul Newman became such a success the book has been overshadowed, but is the book even better than the movie?

Jurassic Park Book vs Movie Review

This iconic movie was first a novel by Michael Crichton. The book is actually quite different from the movie and though the movie is fantastic, the book is even better! Listen to the podcast to find out why!