Movies Adapted from Novels That Ended up Being Better Than the Book

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Whether it’s for film or television, Stephen King adaptations have been taking the entertainment industry by storm. Based on the novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption in the Different Seasons collection, Frank Darabont’s 1994 adaptation is considered to be one of the greatest films in cinema history, whereas the novella is only a minor work in King’s vast oeuvre.

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The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels can be a bit cumbersome to navigate, which is why Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most effective film adaptations to date. Jackson pares down the plot without sacrificing its artistry. Even though some superfans may not like a few of the changes, the writers worked diligently to determine what would be cut versus what they felt was integral to the storyline.

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