Can a movie be better than the book it was based on?

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Can a movie be better than the book it was based on? What examples come to mind? Or is it sometimes just a matter of which version you see first, as that will define the story for you, regardless of which version was made first?

Yes. But only in certain circumstances for me. Normally I would say no. But take this as an example… Joseph and The Technicolor dream. There is no way that I can sing the songs as well as they can *wink*


I normally enjoy a book much more than a movie. I find that I can visualise things myself a lot better, I can ‘see’ the characters in my mind, and ‘hear’ their voices. Often I watch a movie, and it doesn’t match what I’ve had in my head.


I must admit, that the Harry Potter series, I read, and enjoyed the movies much more than the books. I’m not really sure why though.
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