Most of the time, yes. But there are those exceptions to the rule where a movie can be better than the source material.
Such is the case with Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. The overall plot of the novel is similar to the classic, epic movie. I’ll even admit that reading the novel helped clarify the identity and role of certain minor characters with the Corleone organization. But this is still one of those cases where the screen version comes out as vastly superior to the original printed version.
I’d even argue that if not for the screen version, The Godfather might have gone out of print a long time ago. Continue reading