No matter how hard Hollywood tries, movies will never live up to the books. I have never liked a movie version more than a book of anything that I have read. That does not mean that all books turned into movies are bad. In fact, many movies of my favorite books are still great, but they are just not as good as the book.
For example, “My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult is one of my all-time favorite books. The movie did not convey half the emotion that the book did. They completely changed the ending of the book, which changed the entire meaning of the story. In the book, the ending is such a surprise and was so upsetting. The end of the book is what made it so iconic. However, in the movie they changed the thrilling ending to the cookie-cutter predictable ending. This movie was by far worse than the book.
However, I do not think that all movies are terrible. For example, I read “The Hunger Games” trilogy before seeing any of the books and I really enjoyed the movie still. The acting was good and the movie script followed closely to that of the book. I really enjoyed both Hunger Games movies that have been made, but that does not make them better than the book.
I think what makes books so much better is the imagination involved and the time invested. A movie only takes a few hours. Books can take weeks depending on how dedicated you are to reading it. When reading, you are left in suspense so much longer. There is a game about wanting to know more and needing to keep reading. A good book can keep you up all night wanting to know more, but a movie would already be over. Also with a book, you are left to picture everything on your own. You get to take the author’s description of people and places and picture it however you want in your mind. By doing so it almost makes the book yours. It’s like you helped create this world that the author depicted.
With that being said, I am going to read Divergent over the summer before I see the movie. Nothing is worse than picturing a certain character in your head while reading a book because you have already seen the movie version.