Reading the book or watching the movie first?

United States
June 8, 2007 12:09pm CST
There has been a lot of movies that has been based on the existing published book, like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Series of Unfortunate Events, the Da Vinci Code and a whole lot more. Do you prefer reading the book first? Or would you be more interested in the movie version of it? Or would you still watch it if you've already read the book? And would you go back and read the story if you haven't, after you have watched the movie? If I have already read the book, I would most probably still watch the movie, but if I so happen to have not read the book yet and have watched the film, there is a very big possibility that I will not read the book anymore.
4 responses
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I enjoy both reading books and watching movies. I know that many movies have been inspired by books and some popular movies have even books written about them. To answer your question, if possible, I would prefer to read the book first, then watch the movie. This will give me a better understanding of the story, including an insight into characters' thoughts. However, even though I have read the book, I still go and watch the movie version with an open mind, knowing that the director has his own literary license to interpret a material, especially when bringing something to life using a different medium. Also, if I saw the movie and found out that it was based on a book, I would be eagerly looking for the book and would be excited to read it. Despite a movie's visual impact, nothing can be more detailed and satisfying than print itself. So I guess, for me, I will do both, read the book and watch the movie, and it doesn't matter which comes first.
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• United States
10 Jun 07
Wow, you're one of the few people I think that would still so back to reading the book after getting to watch the movie first. Since watching a movie is easier than reading a book, I conclude that a lot would probably not go back to reading the book anymore. I for one would have a hard time keeping interest to finish the book, although the movie is most probably not accurate with regards to details, just the fact that I know what to anticipate on the plot and sequence of the story, I find it hard to keep interest and finish the whole thing.
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
11 Jun 07
I guess I'm one of the strange ones..LOL.. Yes, I enjoy reading the book version even if I had already seen the movie. Like The Exorcist for example, the movie was great, but until you read Peter Blatty's prose you have not experienced lyrical prose. Same also with Jaws, the movie was excellent, but the novel gives you a better insight of the characters' motivations..I can go on and on...
• United States
12 Jun 07
Hahah.. yeah I understand your point, I admire you for your passion for deeper understanding of the original context of the story though.
@toe_ster (771)
• United States
8 Jun 07
I f I have read the book first i would defiantely watch the movie to see if it plays out like it did in my imagination when I was reading it. I do not however feel the same watching a movie and then going back to read it. It feels like Ihave read the ending first or something. I tend to like the book version for more in depth details and story and plot. Whereas the movies cut them out. So if I see a movie without reading the book I can appreciate it for what it is.
• United States
8 Jun 07
We have pretty much the same attitude when it comes to this matter.
• India
12 Jun 07
i thnk somhw making movies kills the book. reading the books is far mre a bttr experience thn watching movies. although it does till great extent depends also upon filmakin. for example harry potter and lord of the rings were fabulously made and there fore i dn mind watching the movies first, however da vinci code was so badly made tht real experience of mystery unfolding cudnt be realized only. i feel it greatly depends on hw the movie is made!
• United States
12 Jun 07
Yeah it does depend. But I think more often than not it still is better to read the book for it is complete as compared to the movie version of it.
• Malaysia
9 Jun 07
I like to read first.
• United States
10 Jun 07
I like to read first too. I have a big possibility to not read the book once I have watched the movie first though.