This is very controversial among book nerds but I feel I have a slightly different view on most book to movie or book to television issues from being a film student. I look at each on their own based on their own merits. Just because a movie “ruined” a book doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good movie on it’s own. (Though usually movies destroy and demolish books.) However, recently, because I love the show, I decided to get the box set and read The 100 by Kass Morgan. Now some will say, “Since you saw the TV show first you’re biased towards it. Of course you like it more.” No. Simply put, the TV show has more characterization and more depth. Jason Rothenberg took the basic premise of the series of sending 100 delinquents to the ground after living in space after 97 years in space in a post apocalyptic world to see if it was habitable again.
The Television show has more characters to explore and more diversity among the characters. There is a lot of character growth between the characters and as individual characters. It’s a lot of fun to see where these characters came from and where they are now and where they could end up. And. unlike the book, the romantic relationships that do develop don’t take over the plot as the most important thing. They are usually more minor. These characters have bigger things to worry about, like survival, than to worry about their love life.
There’s just more meat to the plot in the tv show. Everything in the book was more shallow and was exactly how it looked. Basically, the book series was your average teen apocalyptic story whereas the television show on The CW is as sic-fi as one could hope to get which, in my case, is way more entertaining.
In the end though, it’s what ever you’re more into. Teen apocalyptic or sci-fi.
If you know the series and would like to tell me it, please do. I’d love to her what other people have to say.
I’ll revisit this topic at a later time with more examples of when a tv show or movie is actually better than their book. But it is rare that I find one.