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The book wasn’t better

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The book was better. A phrase that is used so often that it has almost become a joke.

Most bookworms agree that the majority of the time, this rule holds true. However, there are exceptions to every rule. No exceptions. Wait…

Normally, details are incredibly important. But sometimes, they can be unnecessary.

For example, in Paper Towns, the movie, we are given just the right amount of detail to understand what is going on. In the book, we have far too much. It makes the story fall flat. In John Green’s other book The Fault in Our Stars the book is better as we need that level of detail in a story like that.

How to train your dragon is another example of adaptation done right. 

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The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself

When you get down to it, they are the same story at heart. They are both stories about prejudice, society pressure and overcoming your shortcomings with your strengths.

In the book, Toothless is a scrawny selfish little brat and Hiccup can understand him because he knows Dragonese. In the movie, Toothless is a powerful and at times intimidating dragon and Hiccup has to learn how to communicate with him.

This might just be me, but the dynamic between the movie Hiccup and Toothless is better as you see them both compromise and learn from each other. In the book, Toothless doesn’t really do much outside of self sacrifice that goes nowhere as he heals from it before the book is over. Even in the other books he just trash talks and Hiccup has to do all of the work.

In the movie what they have lost says lost. However, not only does it make them stronger but their bond too. Toothless saves Hiccup and defends him several times in all the movies and the cartoon.

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Legally Blonde is a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. I like the movie and adore the musical (chip on my shoulder always pumps me up to work), so I decided to read the book. Boy, do I regret that.

The book is horrible. Elle is so unlikable in the original story. In the movie and musical she works herself to the bone, helps others and changes for the better. In the book she doesn’t do anything like that. She doesn’t study, she picks on Trekkies (no, really) and doesn’t help Paulette.

The part about Professor Callahan isn’t in the original. Elle doesn’t go through any real challenge. True, she gets picked on for being blonde but that is it. She isn’t even picked on badly, a Professor made a joke and she runs off crying. Woman, get a grip! If you are a fan of the movie or musical, don’t read the book.

In the movie we see Elle struggle to study and motivate herself. Both are very relatable struggles most of us have face, but her true challenge is proving to herself that she can do this even after Callahan does the thing (No spoilers here!). She does what she can to help others at the same time, and grows as a person because of that. Even after all of her trials and tribulations she keeps her wit and ends up stronger for it.

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Growing up, Megan was that one kid at the back of class reading manga. Now, not much has changed except she started a blog. Basiclly, your typical geek (although she perferes the term Otaku)

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