10/29/2013 03:57 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

12 Romantic Comedies That Are Better Than The Book

The book is always better than the movie, right? It came first. You imagined it all in your head. How can a two-hour cinematic experience possibly live up to the many hours you spent curled up with the original?

But in some rare cases, the movie wins. And here's the proof:

The movie: "Bridget Jones' Diary"
The book: "Bridget Jones' Diary" by Helen Fielding
Why the movie's better: Because words cannot express the magic of Colin Firth and Hugh Grant vying for Renee Zellweger's spinster affection.
bridget jones

The movie: "Something Borrowed"
The book: "Something Borrowed" by Emily Giffin
Why the movie's better: The Kate Hudson, Ginnifer Goodwin and John Krasinksi combination is irresistible.
something borowed

The movie: "The Princess Diaries"
The Book: "The Princess Diaries" by Meg Cabot
Why the movie's better: Because Anne Hathaway's transformation from bushy-haired nerd to pretty princess is priceless.
the princess diaries

The movie: "How To Deal"
The books: "That Summer" and "Someone Like You" by Sarah Dessen
Why the movie's better: Despite Mandy Moore's horrible haircut, "How To Deal" is a near-perfect cinematic portrayal of falling in love when you really don't want to.
how to deal

The movie: "The Notebook"
The book: "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks
Why the movie's better: Because after 2004, everyone was like, "Say I'm a bird." (Also, Ryan Gosling.)

the notebook

The movie: "The Devil Wears Prada"
The book: "The Devil Wears Prada" by Lauren Weisberger
Why the movie's better: Meryl. Streep.
devil wears prada

The movie: "Silver Linings Playbook"
The book: "The Silver Linings Playbook" by Matthew Quick
Why the movie's better: Can the written form convey the cosmic chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper? Maybe. But not in this case.
silver linings playbook

The movie: "The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants"
The book: "The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants" by Ann Brashares
Why the movie's better: Descriptions of Greece are great, but nothing could compare to watching Alexis Bledel ride around a picturesque island on a donkey.
sisterhood of the traveling pants

The movie: "Legally Blonde"
The book: "Legally Blonde" by Amanda Brown
Why the movie's better: The "bend and snap" in book form? Not as great.
legally blonde

The movie: "A Walk To Remember"
The book: "A Walk To Remember" by Nicholas Sparks
Why the movie's better: Because Mandy Moore wore that blue dress, sang that great song and Shane West fell in love with her. Books can't sing.
a walk to remember

The movie: "Clueless"
The book: "Emma" by Jane Austen
Why the movie's better: Jane Austen has nothing on '90s-era fashion.

The movie: "The Princess Bride"
The book: "The Princess Bride" by William Goodman
Why the movie's better: Because without it, we never would have heard the beautiful Westley utter the phrase, "as you wish."
the princess bride



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