Originally Posted by RedTeamGo!
I worded that wrong, I meant a main reason for myself. Obviously there are many reasons books are better than their follow-up movies, but the fact of the matter is the vast majority of books are far and away better than the movies/shows based on them.
World War Z is a recent example of a book being far superior to the movie loosely based on the book (takes the term "loosely" to an all new level). People that have not read the excellent work by Max Brooks have no idea how much different the movie is and I just feel bad for them.
Just out of curiosity can you give me some examples of movies based off books you enjoy?
As you noted, World War Z is vastly different from the book, so much so that they really aren't even the same story other than they involve zombies and the world.
I think there is some romanticism in reading a book that gives people the impression it is so much better once they are done with it, especially if they read the book first and don't know where it is going. Since you probably aren't reading a book in one sitting you have time to think about what is next, to question things.... you don't get that in a movie because there is constantly something going on. Books are more like a TV show, where you get breaks. Excitement builds up over longer periods of time because there are breaks. I don't think that makes it better, it just makes you feel like it was.
As for movies I enjoyed that were based off of a book, I have no clue. I don't read books for entertainment value. Haven't done that since I was 10. Too time consuming for entertainment. I couldn't name a best selling book outside of The Da Vinci Code or Harry Potter that was even written in the last 15 years. I pay no attention to books that aren't providing educational purposes for me.