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Do you think film or TV adaptations are ever as good as the original book?

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On the whole, I do not like it when books I love are adapted for film or television but I must admit to a very soft spot for the Fry and Laurie version of PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster stories.

Do you enjoy watching screen adaptations of your favourite books or do you avoid them at all costs?
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I think that the actors chosen to represent the characters so rarely come close to the image I have of them in my head, that watching an adaptation is painful for me! And very few adaptations seem to stay close to the spirit and intention of the original.
On the other hand, I have on several occasions been inspired to read a book after watching a film based on it.... so if an adaptation that makes me cringe introduces a whole new range of readers to the book, then that is a very positive silver lining!
I like watching screen adaptations when they are done well, but get very upset when they do not live up to expectations. There are not many films/TV shows that are as good as the original book, but there are a few which I have preferred. The main one that comes to mind is the Narnia series. I'm not keen on C.S Lewis's writing style, so prefer the films.
Tough question! If it's a simple yes or no then it has to be no. But if I go a bit deeper into it I do love a good costume and backdrop. I do find many series / movies fabulous for the eye but a bit lacking in the story department.
The book is always better than the movie... everybody knows that! :P
The book is generally better than the movie, but sometimes, I do not feel like reading, and then when I see the film I always vow to read the book -this rarely happens however!

The times it has, the book is better -however I find that the book is better if you read it before seeing the film as against vice versa.
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The book "Sarah's Key " was a very moving book The film was far more compelling and had far more profound effect and dealt with the theme with such sensitivity and plausible . Lee
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