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The most awesome book-to-movie adaptations ever

In this week’s edition, The Onion A.V. Club laid down 15 book-to-film adaptations that live up to their source material. Some of them are even better than the source material, such as The Godfather, Jaws, and The Silence of the Lambs.

But they also bust out some great surprise guests like Charlotte’s Web, the Orson Welles-propelled 1944 version of Jane Eyre, and Mary Harron’s pared-down American Psycho.

We’d like to say that the Steven King adaptations Stand By Me, , and The Shining all live up to their page-ly predecessors. Quillblog also nominates Carrie, The Graduate, Blade Runner (the director’s cut), 2001: A Space Odyssey, High Fidelity, Out of Sight, Circle of Friends, and The Long Goodbye as being better than the books.

Movies that don’t make the cut, in our humble opinion? Spectacularly failed adaptations include Simon Birch (based on John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany), The Bonfire of the Vanities, and A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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