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10 Film Adaptations That Are Better Than the Book

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Aug 29, 2013 | 1:00pm EDT

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Books have always been a popular source of material for films. Novels often contain intricate details and sub-plots that are often found in the cutting room floor to accommodate a movie's average two-hour runtime. As more often than not, the book is more superior than the film adaptation in many ways.

Sometimes, a film bucks the trend and improves upon the original text. Whether the film's director made all the right creative decisions, or an actor portrays a character in ways even the author hadn't imagined, these films surpassed their literary sources and sometimes convinced audiences that the book never existed!

GALLERY: Top Film Adaptations Better than the Book

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