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The Great Debate: which is better, the book or the movie?

Now you can decide for yourself. Check out our list of titles that have been adapted for the big screen that you can both read and stream to watch on our online services Hoopla and Overdrive right now. Read the book and then watch the movie — or vice versa!

(Spoiler Alert: The book is almost always better…)

Books vs. Movies

(All movies below are available on Hoopla. All books are available on the platform listed)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett, Overdrive

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester,  Hoopla

Carrie by Stephen King, Overdrive

The Rainmaker by John Grisham, Overdrive

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson,  Overdrive

A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson, Overdrive

A Room with a View by E. M. Forster, Overdrive/Hoopla

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, Hoopa

Room by Emma Donaghue, Overdrive/ Hoopla

The Lost City of Z by David Grann, Overdrive

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks Overdrive

The Cider House Rules by John Irving, Overdrive/Hoopla

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson, Overdrive

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Overdrive/Hoopla

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, Overdrive/ Hoopla

100-Year-Old- Man Who Climbed the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson, Overdrive

Still Life by Louise Penny, Overdrive

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Overdrive/Hoopla

The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende Overdrive

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje Overdrive

A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carre Overdrive

Chocolat by Joanne Harris Overdrive

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding Overdrive

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx Overdrive

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

For Children

The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, Overdrive

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, Overdrive

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter Overdrive/Hoopla

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Overdrive/Hoopla

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, Overdrive/Hoopla

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Overdrive

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