Such a question I get everyday. Why because I am firmly straddling the line between the film world and the publishing world. I know a lot about publishing and I know a lot about TV and Film (which is good cause it's my course of study).
This weeks prompt: What movie have you seen that actually (gasp!) improved on the book?
I actually have an opinion on this and I have to say, The Lord of the Rings. Now hold on before you kill me. I have read both the trilogy and seen the films. And while I am glad Peter Jackson reads the books every year, I could not. I barely made it through once.
I love a good fantasy as much as the next girl, okay probably more than the next girl, because I heart pretty much all things fantasy/paranormal/supernatural, but Tolkien about killed me with the details. The devil is in the details and Tolkien proved it.
But while is loaded-up prose made me want to jump ship, they made for a spectacular movie. I think what the movie was able to do was get at the heart of the story, cut away the not as essential parts and paint a world so rich that I felt Middle Earth was a real place.
So Lord of the Rings Movies improvement on the books.