I couldn't find a thread on this topic and I wasn't sure if it belonged here or in the "Movies" section. Please feel free to relocate if appropriate.
Most of the time, I find movies they make of books lacking. I thought it might be interesting to have an area where the avid reader might check to see the opinions of someone who's read/seen the book/movie when deliberating whether to watch said movie.
I recently read/viewed Atonement and actually found the movie slightly better than the book. Both were slow (the book excrutiatingly so), but the movie was slightly quicker. Plus it had the added bonus of James McAvoy who I could watch read the phone book for three hours and not be bored!
I also read/viewed The Golden Compass and was satisfied with both versions. The movie version was somewhat watered down, so I was happy I had seen the movie first, but both were quite entertaining for me.
Yesterday, I watched The Nanny Diaries; I'd read the book a few months ago. Well the ending was quite different, and although cute, I'll have to say I preferred the book.
I also saw TheKite Runner after reading it. Again, I prefer the book (the movie cut out so much), but the movie was still moving and told the story well.
Does anyone have any experiences they can share with us? I'd love to hear them!