Book: World War Z, Max Brooks
Movie: World War Z (2013), Director - Marc Forster
World War Z Book Summary: The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time.
My Opinion ... The MOVIE was better - very different from the book, but better.
Reasons - I listed to the abridged audiobook of World War Z, and said that I was glad I listened to the audiobook because otherwise, I would have been a bit bored with interview/ documentary style of the book. Well, they totally switched that up in the movie, and we were instead treated to experiencing the zombie apocalypse while it was happening - as opposed to a retrospective look back, as was done in the book.
Really, I would say the movie is "lightly inspired" by the book, because they changed MANY, MANY things, so it's actually hard to compare the two. But I'd say watch the movie - it's more action packed, and Brad Pitt's acting is superb ... not to mention the zombie special effects and makeup is amazing.
But I'd also suggest actually reading the book - or rather, listen to the audiobook. It's a completely different animal and it would be fun to try and figure out what the book and movie actually have in common, other than zombies. There's no use here trying to figure out the differences, as they are too numerous to count.
Have you read the book or watched the movie World War Z? Did you like it?