The Owen Wilson movie is charming and all, but the book as told by the original owner is way better. My wife could not stop talking about the book and all the fond memories it brought back of her dogs growing up.
Maybe it's just because I cannot get into musicals, but the many attempts to port this to a movie or Broadway show just do not stand up to the Victor Hugo masterpiece. The only downside, is you have to suffer through the occasional tangent from Huge, but the book is well worth the effort.
The James Caan and Kathy Bates movie was fantastic, and jump started Bates's career. But all of that doesn't hold up to Stephen Kings addictive page turner. If you haven't seen the movie, all the better--go read this right now--you will not be able to put it down.
This coming of age story is relatively unknown, but it's a gem. If you like Jack London outdoor survival type books, you will love this series. It tells the interesting story of the first human ever born and her struggle to survive inside a neanderthal tribe. It was made into a movie, and even Daryl Hannah's smoking hot looks couldn't hold up to this.
Stephen King's short stories like The Body (Stand By Me) and The Shawshank Redemption have a way of turning into great movie. But no one is able to quite capture his long form stories the same way. This book was made into a 90's TV miniseries that was actually a valiant effort, but the book is still the way to go.
Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman tried their best to bring this book to life, but it doesn't quite hold up to the superb writing by John Grisham. If you've never read one of his books, this is a great one to start with.
The Speilberg translation set new ground for visual effects, but the actual story telling doesn't stand up to this amazing book. Michael Crichton's legacy as one of the great writers is cemented by this fantastic page turner. It goes into a lot more depth on what happens with the raptors getting smarted, which is only hinted at by the movie.