Many films – and TV series – are, as you're probably aware, based on books and comics these days. As a rule of thumb, most of these adaptations aren't as good as the originals, and there's many a group of fans who will decry what their beloved book/comic becomes when it gets adapted (The Vampire Diaries especially comes to mind, here).
But sometimes, just sometimes, the adaptations are better than the originals. The TV version of Witchblade was leagues ahead of the comic; Colossus: The Forbin Project is a classic sci-fi movie of the 70s, whereas the book itself is fairly dreadful; I find The Walking Dead to be significantly better than the comic it was based on; and even Sex and the City is better than Candace Bushnell's original book.
So today's question is:
What TV and movie adaptations do you think are better than the original books or comics?
Answers below or on your own blog, please