Read the book, or wait for the movie?

United States
July 25, 2008 11:05pm CST
I'm a movie person, if I see a book that's going to be made into a "Major Motion Picture" I'll just wait it out. Some movies don't do a book justice and people pick the movie apart and sometimes ruin it for me. I did make the mistake of reading a book once that was made into a movie, I'm still regretting that choice. So, popcorn or reading glasses? Also, do tell about movies that should have never been made from books, rant all you want, I'm listening.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Oh, I kind of ride the fence on this one. I'm an avid reader. But you are right. Sometimes the movie cannot do the book justice and will change things or leave things out. And then it becomes very annoying to watch the movie. Even though I did not read any of "His Dark Materials" series I heard that "The Golden Compass" may have been better off in book form instead of movie magic. Of course, that could have been all the protests and whatnot. If I think of any other bad book to movie deals, in the words of our governor, I'll be back. LOL.
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Don't you mean the Govenator?
@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
27 Jul 08
Hehehee, my bad. Govenator it is. I just watched that dumb, I mean cool, movie for the umpteenth time.
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@gtargirl (5385)
• United States
11 Jul 09
Wow! I feel honored.
@tigger44 (144)
• United States
26 Jul 08
I like doing both. I usually read the book before I go see the movie. It is fun seeing how similar and different the movie and book are. That is why i try and read the book before the movie. But, that is just me. Sometimes I do get lazy and get into my moods where I just forget about the book and just watch the movie.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. If I read all the books I'd never have time to see the movie.
@skyTears (20)
• Indonesia
26 Jul 08
reading books is better then watching movie because the writers have unlimited freedom to explore my fantasy and imagination about the atmosphere of the book while in movie the art directors have limited capacity and condition to create fantastic and imaginative atmosphere of the film.. in addition, the readers can explore their free imagination and their fantasy in enjoying that such reading but by watching movie the audience's imaginative and fantastic freedoms are limited by art directors. in sort, books can improve readers' mind while movie can only challenge art directors' creativity and the audience cant explore their their mind's freedom. books can improve readers' mind become active while movie makes audiences mind's become passive
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• United States
26 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Good points.
@KrauseHome (35522)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Well, a lot of times there are movies that are made from books, and that sometimes can be the Bad part as I feel usually the Books are a lot better, and keep you enthused a little more. Especially when it comes to ones from like Stephen King especially. But a lot of times unless I have already read the book, I will be like a lot of people, first see the movie, and then read the book if interested and then compare the 2 if I wish from there. Yes, there can be disappointment if you have read the book first, but the cool thing is they are a lot different to help give you are share in some imagination for it as well.
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• Philippines
26 Jul 08
Good day...For me which ever comes first that catches my interest. If a book was written and the review was good, I'll read it first then if a movie is created afterward I'll watch it. If a movie was made and the preview was interesting, I'll watch it and when a book is written after it, I'll read it.
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@twallace (2675)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Most of the time I can say that I wait for the movie. Now I wanted to see the Golden Compass and had the chance to get the book. The book was really good, so was the movie. That are 3 books to that story and I have read the first but not the second too. I also really like the Color Purple and I saw the movie before reading the book. The movie great, but I did enjoy the book just as much as the movie. Most of the books that I have read are have not been made into a movie. The two that I have spoken of have been movies. Oh, Bearwolf was another book that I had before I got to see the movie. But once I saw the movie I didn't read the book. I still have it too, maybe one of these days I will read the book just to see what the movie missed.
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@skyTears (20)
• Indonesia
26 Jul 08
i prefer reading the book to watching the movie. because the writer have unlimited freedom to create fantastic atmosphere in that story while in movie, the art director has limited capacity and limited property to create fantastic atmosphere in the story. in addition, the readers can have free imagination in enjoying that atmospher e in reading book while by watching movie , the audience's imagination's freedom were limited by art director. in sort, reading book can improve our imagination and fantasy and watching movie can only challenge art director's creativity while the audience cant improve their own imagination and fantasy. reading book makes readers' mind active while watching movie makes audience's mind pasive.
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
26 Jul 08
Hello gitfiddleplayer. I must say that I prefer to read a book first, then watch the movie. That's because I don't think, in general, that a movie can tell the whole story like a book can. I do get annoyed when movies leave out certain characters that I really like, or change the ending of a story I really enjoyed. I honestly cannot recall right now a specific film that I thought didn't portray the book well, although I know that's happened. But, hey, I can recall the films of some of the John Grisham books that I thought were quite good. The Pelican Brief and The Firm were both really good films and I loved the books. So, I guess I'm answering the "opposite" question from that which you posed. Take care.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I haven't seen enough of book to movie films. The ones that I do like are The Hours and Girl, Interrupted. I've also read the books and I think that for those two films they did the books justice. I saw the movie Atonement, yet I didn't read the book. And after seeing the film I wasn't interesting in finding the book, lol. The movie was kind of dry, but I think that's because it wasn't my type of film to begin with. I guess you have your hits and your misses.
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@Reesers (1387)
• United States
26 Jul 08
There have been several books I've read that have turned into movies. I'm always interested to see how the book comes to life, especially Harry Potter. Sometimes I just can't quite picture what the author is seeing and when it comes across on screen, it helps me out a bit. There's one book I read after I saw the movie and that's Pretty In Pink. There's a reason why I did but I won't spoil it for others. I read The Devil Wears Prada and couldn't help but compare how different the movie was. I liked the movie but there's so much in the book that they changed or just didn't bother to use. There is one book that went from bad to worse. I read Hannibal and afterwards I just thought it was blah. Then the movie came out and it was bad. I didn't think it could be worse than the book but it was. One of my favorite books, Confessions of A Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella, will be hitting the big screen soonish. Not sure if they're wrapped on filming or not but I know there are already some major changes and a lot of people are unhappy about them. It should be interesting to see how they pull this off.
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@melo_828 (427)
• Philippines
26 Jul 08
i don't have patience to read a book if i know that a movie based on that book will be released soon. i'll just wait for that movie and not to buy for that book. after i graduated in college, i already lost my habit to read books. now, i just surf in the internet if i need to find someone...
@debjit (339)
• India
26 Jul 08
Hi friends... I love to watch movies, but more I like is to read books. This is the reason, I always read the book first before going to theatre. Am not saying, I have read all those books before watching movie, but if I watch a movie first and like it, moreover if I know that this movie is based on some novel, I can't wait reading. You may ask, when you've already seen the movie, you already know 'bout the story, then why you'll spend so much time reading the book? I feel differently completely here. Movies and books are two separate medias. They can not be two competitors. In case of books, it lets you some space for your inmagination, but movies are created upon the directors' view.
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• Philippines
26 Jul 08
From my experience, when I read the book before watching the movie, I get disappointed with the movie. This is because I have set an expectation in my mind regarding the movie and if the movie won't be made that way then it ruins it for me. Hence, I just watch the movie now before reading the book (if I would still have time to read the book). It's true that most movies do not give the book justice because let's admit, it's hard to compress the story in a less than 2 hour film. With the books, our imagination is limitless. I have seen The Notebook (the movie) and I really liked it. However, my friends who were able to read the book before seeing the movie said that they were disappointed. But I am the only one who was not. There was a time I read the book "A Walk to Remember" and when I saw the movie, I felt that there were a lot of significant parts that the movie was not able to show. And finally, the movie that I was really disappointed with was the Da Vinci Code. The book was a phenomenon. But the movie failed to capture this phenomena. Well, Tom Hanks was a bankable star but still the movie was not that good. And wasn't everything too dark?
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I love to read so i usually read the book first. I did make the mistake once of watching the movie then reading the book and having the book be awful, but i do usually prefer the book to the movie. I just finished this one book Twilight that's fixing to be made into a movie and of all the books i would like to see made into movies i would not of picked that one. Its a good book and i will see the movie when and if it comes out, but its not one i would of guessed would be made into a movie.
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@boxieblue (336)
• India
26 Jul 08
i am a huge book fan and i love reading! so i would definitely read the nook. for example, i haven't seen the "Da vince code" movie yet, but i have already read the book, and all the other books by Dan Brown....
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• India
26 Jul 08
my bad...its "the Da Vinci Code" not "the Da Vince Code"
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• United States
26 Jul 08
I know what you meant to type. Welcome to myLot. I never read the book but I saw the movie.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
26 Jul 08
I read the book first. However, it might happen that I will see the movie and latter learn it is based on a book that I have not read yet. I may go and buy the book, but not likely. I do not know of any movies that should never been made from a book. I guess that is because I did not read that book first. I have seenmovies that do not do the book justice, though.
• United States
26 Jul 08
I'm kinda like that too. I saw a movie that didn't go with the book from what I heard people say, so I never read the book. I guess I should try to expand my mind instead of the movie theaters pockets.
@Gorcon (320)
• United States
27 Jul 08
I definately prefer to read first, b/c alot of the time the movie leaves out alot of stuff out and at the same time you don't get the enjoyment of imagining and envisioning the characters,places, etc. Unfortunately this whole phenomenon of book-to-movie adaptations shows how lazy and uncreative people are becoming.
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@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
15 Jul 09
I could go either way wiht that. I have read books before I have seen the movie. I read Twilight because everyone was talking about it, I did not see the movie when it was in theaters, I watched the movie on DVD right about the same time I was finishing the book. I am glad I read the book first, it helped me to understand the characters better. I read Night in Rodanthe, but I still have not seen the movie. Usually though I would say that I watch the movie rather than read the book, but I have read books that have attachments to movie.
• United States
15 Jul 09
Hokiewood is turning every book into a movie, I don't know what to see or what to read anymore.
• Malaysia
28 Jul 08
I always read the book if I can, but that usually means disappointment when I watch the movie. They can't fit all the descriptive stuff in the book into the movie. I'm not really for watching 7 hour movies but if they wanted to REALLY make it like it is in the book, they'd have to do that. haha.
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• United States
28 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. A 7 hour movie? Better bring a sleeping bag.
@parthag (145)
• India
27 Jul 08
I always prefer reading the book before going to the movie. Many times it happened the movie appeared to me boring while others enjoyed. But still I prefer reading the book first.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Books are always more descriptive, movie have to cram a lot into a few hours.
• United States
27 Jul 08
I love reading. So, normally I read the book before I watch the movie. To this day I've read every Harry Potter book, but I can't force myself to watch the movies that they've made. I did read a Walk to Remember after I watched the movie, but the movie touched my heart and so it didn't make reading the book afterward such a big deal. The same goes for the notebook only I read the book first and then watched the movie. I loved both. I read A Time to Kill before I watched the movie, I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoyed the book. But, there are some movies that I don't think do the book justice. The Client, Runaway Jury, any movies that are based on John Grisham books besides A Time to Kill and The Rainmaker, I don't feel as if the movies are worth watching. The books are much better than the movies are. The one book that I was very upset with the movie interpretation is the DaVinci Code. I fell in love with the book, it was magnificent. The movie, not so much. I went to theaters to see it and picked it apart because there were so many discrepancies between the movie and the book. This leaves me wondering, I heard the other day that Angels and Demons which is the prequel to the Davinci Code is coming out soon. I just wonder if they'll be able to do this book justice or if it will be another disappointment.
• United States
27 Jul 08
Welcome to myLot. Those were great books, the Grisham ones you mentioned. I've never read a Harry Potter book, I go for the movies. If a book has "scholastic" on the cover I tend to shy away from it.