What are the best books with a better movie adaptation?

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    #1The Notebook

    The Notebook

    The Notebook is a romance novel written by Nicholas Sparks published in 1996 which is about the love story of mill worker Noah Calhoun and rich girl Allie. It was adapted into a film of the same name in 2004. 

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    Andy Zhu
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I've never heard of this book, never seen the movie either. The best book with a better movie adaptation it is :The Silence Of The Lambs (Thomas Harris). The book it is so well written and the movie it is even better than the book. Both the movie and the book are a must have and seen."
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    #2The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings

    The Lord of the Rings is written by J.R.R. Tolkien which is the sequel to the 1937 novel The Hobbit. This follows the course of the War of the Ring after the Dark Lord Sauron created the One Ring to rule the other Rings of Power. 

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    Heather Scott
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Tolkien is a master of fantasy stories. His development of characters is supreme. This is the classic tale of good vs. evil written in the 1900's; truly the best."
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    #3Stardust

    Stardust

    Stardust is a romantic adventure fantasy film released in 2007 directed by Matthew Vaughn. This follows Tristan who makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. 

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    George Ford
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This really didn't live up to the movie. Having done the opposite of what most people do I watched this before I watched the movie and honestly, it was really not worth it. The book was tedious and boring and went on and on rambling about nothing to be honest. It seems to be that this would have been better suited to just a movie adaptation."
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    #4Fight Club

    Fight Club

    Fight Club is Chuck Palahniuk's story of a man who leaves his lackluster job and his boss Tyler, who holds a secret fight club in the basement of bars where two men fight as long as they have to.

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    Richard Cooper
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A good book, a better movie, but it had to start here. Worth a read to see where the cult classic came from."
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    #5The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Doris Lane
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I watched the movie before i ever read the books but this did not disappoint. This is a wonderful book and i would say anyone of any age would enjoy it."
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    #6The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries

    The Princess Diaries is the first book in the Princess Diaries series written by Meg Cabot which follows the life of Mia Thermopolis. This has been adapted into a film starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

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    David Johnson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "The Princess Diaries is a classic movie adaptation book. It details the life of Mia Thermopolis and the film ended up with a great cast. Gotta check this one out for cultural literacy if you haven't yet!"
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    #7A Walk to Remember

    A Walk to Remember
    A Walk to Remember is a novel by the well-known romance writer, Nicholas Sparks. It tells the love story of Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan and was the basis of the famous movie of the same name, starring Shane West and Mandy Moore.
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    #8Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 
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    Nicholas Curtis
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I think its subjective whether you think this movie is better than the book."
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    #9The Shining

    The Shining

    The Shining is written by Stephen King is about a young boy with psychic powers struggling to hold his own against the forces of evil which are driving his father insane in an isolated hotel. 

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    Mildred Welch
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "The Shining is a Stephen King classic. I am as much terrified now to read it as I was 25 years ago. This is not the book to read if you live by yourself and read at night before going to sleep. I have been known to be startled and just scared beyond belief as I read this book. I even resorted to looking in all rooms and closets to make sure noone was there. This is one of Stephen King's most amazingly well written books ever!"
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    #10Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)

    Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)
    This thriller written by Anne Rice combines terror, suspense and erotica. The first book of The Vampire Chronicles tells the story of Louis de Pointe du Lac, a vampire who tells the story of his life to a reporter.



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    Maria Andrews
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This is a great book turned to movie. It's got a wonderful story line and has lots of supernatural things too."
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    #11The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)

    The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
    The Two Towers is the second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in November 1954. It is about the war instigated by Saruman the White, ruler of Isengard.
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    #12Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter is the first book in Jeff Lindsay's hit series, Dexter. It is the basis of the hit Showtime television series, Dexter. The book is a crime and thriller story about a forensic expert who is also a killer.

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    Aaron Russell
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "If you're a fan of the original Dexter TV series that used to air in the 2000's-2010's, give this book a shot. If there is a void that you have been craving to fill in ever since the show has finished, this book will definitely fill in that gap if you're interested in seeing how the author used it as the basis of the hit show."
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    #13The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption

    The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption.

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    Johnny Hall
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "One of my all time favorite "bittersweet, feel good about the human spirit and condition. Some of the finest acting (and oratory skills from Freeman) you'll ever see, superb plot, screenplay, directing, etc. Morgan Freeman is one of the finest actors of our time and Tim Robbins shone as the "good guy" character--well that's MY opinion, even if a bunch of critics didn't necessarily think so. Certainly on my all-time top 10 list. I often wonder how this film was nominated for so MANY Academy Awards and didn't win a single one. Just goes to show you..."

Summary

Best What are the best books with a better movie adaptation
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The NotebookBooks 36 Paid
2The Lord of the RingsBooks 33 Paid
3StardustMovies 31 Paid
4Fight ClubBooks 29 Paid
5The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 26 Paid
6The Princess DiariesBooks 23 Paid
7A Walk to RememberBooks 23 Paid
8Pride and PrejudiceBooks 20 Free
9The ShiningBooks 15 Paid
10Interview With the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles)Books 8 Paid
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