Can the film ever be better than the book it’s based off?

I finally got round to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two at the cinema. It’s a great film. It has some amazing, emotional scenes (the scene with Katniss anTHG trilogy and filmd the cat springs to mind – Jennifer Laurence really, really threw herself into that one) but something was missing. Don’t get me wrong, it was great but…

The book was better.

There’s one main reason I believe the book is superior to the film. The depiction of Katniss.

This is no reflection on Jennifer Laurence’s acting skills in any way, shape or form, but in the book, you’re in Katniss’ head. You can see all her cold calculations that she makes to survive and keep those she loves alive. Without knowing those thoughts, her motives and her actions seem a lot more straightforward in the film. Take her relationship with Peeta, there was a lot more going on in her head than what you could see on screen. If you’ve only seen the films and not read the book go read them, it’s worth it.

So this got me thinking – could the film ever be better than the book?

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