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Book vs. Movie | Treasure Island

What was better? The book or the movie?? Well, that’s just a silly question. Obviously it’s the book. But sometimes that is not the case (but only in very rare instances). 

treasure island

Blurb: Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson’s most famous book. With it’s dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic.


One of my favorite classics from childhood has to be Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.  I’ve probably read it four or five times. It’s full of adventure, treasure, and pirates, so what’s not to like?!? Sometimes you just need a swashbuckling tale, and this one provides it.

In 1990, Fraser C. Heston directed the movie Treasure Island, starring Charlton Heston, a young Christian Bale, Oliver Reed, and Christopher Lee in probably one of the best adaptations I’ve seen. He really brought the book to life without having to change the plot of the book to where it is unrecognizable. Each of the actors bring their characters to life from page to screen.

If you haven’t seen this movie yet, I highly recommend that you do! I absolutely love this movie.

Overall: this one is tied.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this and/or seen the movies? Do have a different favorite adaptation?

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