The best books don’t always make the best movies. For all the overlap between the two, film and literature are fundamentally different mediums that must adopt different tactics to tell the same story effectively. In general, books use the written word to help readers understand the thoughts and motives of their characters, while movies must accomplish the same through visuals and dialogue alone, or else risk boring audiences with expository narration.

Oftentimes in adapting a book for the big screen, directors have no choice but to alter the source material to suit the new medium. But some go further than others in this regard, resulting in film adaptations that are almost totally divorced from their original source ...

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