Do you like to watch a movie that is based on a book?

@lilcee (2704)
United States
September 6, 2008 2:05pm CST
Sometimes I watch movies that are supposed to be based on a certain book. What I hate is that they change the names of the people and even change a lot of the events. I like the Janet Oke books "Love Comes Softly" series. They started making movies about these books. The movies are good but they don't really follow the books.
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• Philippines
12 Sep 08
Erich Segal's "Love Story," John Grisham's "Runaway Jury," "THe CLient," "Pelican Brief," etc., Nicholas Sparks' "Message in a Bottle," "A Walk to remember," and "The Notebook"...some are better read, and some are better watched. But one thing is sure, i have never seen a movie that follows exactly the same script/dialogues of the book it adapted. And this is because movies and books are entirely two different media.
@lilcee (2704)
• United States
12 Sep 08
I love the movies "Message In A Bottle", "The Notebook" and "A Walk To Remember". I've never read the books tho.
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
These are the movies (including Love Story) wherein the words/lines/dialogues are way much better and romantic in the book. I highly recommend Erich Segal's "Love STory" and it's sequel, "Oliver's Story." Beautiful.
@AamidMS (73)
• India
7 Sep 08
First of all, i would tell that if you hav watched a movie, dont read about it and if you have read the book, the movie will be a flop for you...many a times, after reading book, u wont find the same adventure in movie, cause the way they implement cast, names, then some added up extra stuff. similarly if u hav watched a movie dont go to read the book on it. u will get bored, or u wil end up in confusion. can someone elaborate it more?
• Germany
9 Sep 08
Hmm.. most of the times when I see movies that are based on book I haven't read the book yet. But sometimes when a movie is really good I go out and buy the book because books are frankly more descriptive. The weird thing is that you then always imagine the characters looking like the actors who played them in the motion picture version. I guess it sucks if you really love a book and it gets made into a movie and the movie is bad or not as good as you had hoped.
@nickventere (1424)
• Zambia
9 Sep 08
The movies based on books that I have liked are the James Bond franchise series and the Bourne Trilogy. I have also seen a couple from Agatha Christie, especially Poirot. I love the detective series.
@Jul14nch0 (1414)
• Argentina
7 Sep 08
I don't like watching movies based on books. Becouse, for example with Harry Potter it dosn't worth watching it becouse book is 10000 times better. And if you see the movie before you read the book it will make a lot less sence reading the book.
• India
6 Sep 08
I don't like movies made on books much.They are dull than the books.It's more fun to read the books.While reading books we can imagine our own version of the story and that is great.
@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
6 Sep 08
Most movies based on books usually end up not reaching expectations. However, if I like the book enough, I would still be curious enough to watch its movie version, just to see it on screen. I just know that when I watch a movie based on a book, I have to be aware, that writing a novel and making a movie are two different mediums and most likely, not be able to present the same story, in the same form. Still, I'm always eager to check any movies made out from my favorite books.
• United States
6 Sep 08
Sometimes I watch movies based on a book. I love to read so it always happens where I wind up reading the book first. However, it is fun to see if the imagination that I drew from the book is anywhere near what they put into the movie. The one thing I will say is that the movie does not have anywhere near the description and imagination as the book. Say someone walks into the room. Based on the authors description, we get an idea of where they are while still making our own creative observations. Every little detail can help us make an idea of where we are, and bring us to the conclusion of things. But when you are watching a movie...it is what it is. The character walks into the room and there you have it. There are no surprises. You see what the room looks like. And what could take almost 3 or 4 pages or paragraphs takes a mere second as he/she enters the room. I do like comparing the movies but ultimately I like reading the book. I like the fact that it lasts longer and it's not over in about 2 hours. When I really enjoy something, I like it to last as long as possible ;)
@INGA832 (1114)
• Russian Federation
6 Sep 08
Why not, sometimes I watch movies based on a book. Sometimes I watch a movie and then I read a book. The other question is wether I like this movie or not. There were some cases when I didn't like movie at all.
@greenline (14864)
• Canada
6 Sep 08
I don't go to movie theatres these days, nor get to watch movies on the TV much. Yes, when I was going to the theatres those days, I like seeing movies based on classical novels.
• Canada
6 Sep 08
I do like to watch movies based on a certain book but like you said find they often change something in the movie from the book and I find this irritating . The reason I want to watch the movie is because I liked the book and figure it will make the movie really interesting but more often then not , I end up discouraged with the movie because they ruin it when they change names , places or scenes that took place in the book . You wait for this certain part that you liked in the book to take place only to find it is not in the movie . When it is based on a book , I feel it should be the same as the book . The books that I used to enjoy reading was V.C Andrews , when the movie came out I couldn't wait to watch it as I figured it would be really good . I ended up not caring for the movie at all as they had changed it so much from the book that it was like a different movie altogether and didn't have any of the major parts from the book in the movie at all .
@valanthe (50)
• Poland
6 Sep 08
I'm not fan of movies that are based on books. While making movie based on book creators should be thying to satisfy both those who read book and those who haven't. It is difficul and in most cases they don't achive it. I've seen movie "Diuna" which is based on book by Frank Herbert - movie was too complicated for those who haven't read the book and too simple/impercise for those who read it. From the other hand movies which follow exactly the book (like Harry Potter) are quite boring to watch...