The book’s always better than the movie. I’m just going to go on record and say that right here. There have been movies I’ve enjoyed almost as much as the book on which they’re based, but never have I seen a movie that was as good as the book, certainly not better.
But… books based on movies or TV shows, as today’s #BookADay suggestion from Borough Press states? I’ll be honest, I haven’t read any in ages. When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Star Trek and Doctor Who novels. The Doctor Who novels were mostly novelizations of stories that had already aired, so I suppose in that case you could say that the show was better than the book. (Some of those books were atrociously written. Some of them were fantastic, though, and went beyond what was shown on the screen and developed back stories for characters and histories for alien civilizations.) The Star Trek books, though, were new stories created for the page, and as you might imagine with a novel series written by a range of authors, quality varied considerably.
But I do remember one that I enjoyed immensely, and that was The Wounded Sky by Diane Duane. I don’t remember a whole lot about the plot, but I do remember that I found it very touching.
An alien scientist invents the Intergalactic Inversion Drive, an engine system that transcends warp drive, and the U.S.S. Enterprise will be the first to test it! The Klingons attempt to thwart the test, but a greater danger looms when strange symptoms surface among the crew, and time becomes meaningless.
Captain Kirk and his friends must repair the fabric of the Universe before time is lost forever. (from Goodreads)
I think the description leaves out a lot of what I found touching about it, but I’m inclined not to go back and revisit it. I worry that it won’t be the same as I remember it….