In my experience, people are usually disappointed when novels are adapted to film; I largely share this viewpoint. Which of you has experienced a rare reversal, i.e. when a movie adapted from a book is better than the original?
I recently re-watched "Jaws", a terrific action movie with three exceptional lead performances, including a young Richard Dreyfuss. As I watched it, I recalled the Peter Benchley book the film was based on. For any of you who read and remember that book, I'm curious if you would agree that this is indeed a rare reversal. More to the point, which novel to film adaptations represent a rare reversal for you?
How about a "less" rare reversal (at least I think it's less rare)? What was the last song you heard remade that you felt surpassed the original? I know this is an apples to oranges comparison but it intrigues me, I'm interested in your views, and after all, this is my blog so I can ask whatever I want.