Children's Books Into Movies

Will you be seeing The Lorax this weekend?

If you watched the Oscars on Sunday, you probably noticed how many great films were inspired by books written for or about children. This year's nominees included:
The Adventures of Tintin
War Horse
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2
Hugo (based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret, won five Oscars)
Puss In Boots (based on the character from Shrek, but the character is inspired by the fairytale)

You can peruse lists of more picture books/children's books that have been made into movies here and here

There are also books based on every children's movie and television series that I can think of--but would you agree that the books intended to be books are almost always better in quality (of illustration and text) than the books made for fans of the movies/shows that inspired them? Screenplays are often so beautifully written, and are, in my opinion, like long and elaborate moving picture books with music. But something about the quick adaptations from screen to picture book often seems cheap. Do you have thoughts on why?

P.S. I'm excited to see The Secret World of Arrietty (based on The Borrowers), currently in theaters!

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