Seen the movie...not going to read the book

United States
March 26, 2009 11:30pm CST
Have you ever seen (and enjoyed) a movie that was based on a book and then made a conscious decision not to read the book? I think that's pretty much where I stand on the Twilight saga. I saw the movie, in the theater, opening weekend, because I adore Jackson Rathbone and reveled in the chance to catch him on 20 feet of digital projection (stupid gold contacts muddying up those striking green eyes). Purely a girl reason for seeing a movie. I liked it. I had a good time. I left the theater pleased in my decision. A week later, I was ready to go see it again. It had a sort of slow acting narcotic effect on me. I rarely get the notion to pay to see a movie in the theater a second time, but Twilight had gotten under my skin. I pre-ordered the 2-disc special edition from Amazon. But I had no interest in the books before seeing the movie and have actually less now. It's not even the old adage that the book is always better than the movie. The opposite, in fact. I just.... As a writer, I tend to analyze the plots of movies and in picking apart Twilight I cannot see that it would hold my attention as a novel. At least not in the same way the movie did.
5 responses
27 Mar 09
I can think of several movies I have seen and then made the decision that I couldn't read the book. A prime example is The Godfather, I love the film so much that I fear no matter how much more there is in the book I just wouldn't completely enjoy it. But then the opposite has happened as well. After seeing The Pursuit of Happyness I was desperate to read the book it was based on and really enjoyed it as it gave me something different to the movie.
• United States
28 Mar 09
The Godfather is another great example. Also, Stephen King's The Stand. It's a terrific movie but it's not as "active" as some of his other stories and I am afraid the book will be even slower and more labor intensive than the movie.
• United States
1 Apr 09
here's the thing...twilight the book, is kind of a hard read once you have seen the movie coz you spend alot of time analyzing the book compared to the movie. as for the other three books, i HIGHLY recommend you read them. they are much easier to get through and jackson's character, jasper, is much more involved in the books than in the film and i do hope they incorporate him more in the next film. the books are addictive. once you get going, its very tough to make yourself put the book down. i read all four books in under two weeks and my husband thought i had lost my mind. and, well, now he's starting to understand. he and i are reading them together and we just started book three. stayed up till 5 this morning reading.
@cieldz (711)
• Indonesia
27 Mar 09
no..... i prefer read the book than watch the movie... just like harry potter, im so disappointed when i watch harry potter 3... its so different from the book and there's a lot of scenes that didnt show in the movie...
• United States
27 Mar 09
Me it was the WATCHMEN..I saw the cartoon version and the movie even though the book is a top 50 on TIME'S book you show read I fear I will not be reading the book.. And from what I was told the movie fellow the book page to page and to me that's different..
• United States
27 Mar 09
I think that I was the exact oposite when it came to Twilight. I wanted to read all of the books before I saw the movie. Most of the time, I like to read before I see the movie because otherwise the book holds no secrets. If you already know what is going to happen, it is no fun to read the book. I deffinitely understand the position that you are in because I have been there myself.