Did you read the books before seeing the movies?

United States
April 27, 2009 4:50pm CST
I got these books from my uncle yrs ago as a gift when it first came out because he was interested in it at the time. I don't know where they are now but I didn't read them at the time either. Now I wish I had them to read. Did you read the books before seeing the movie?
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• India
11 Jun 09
hello, you should read this books, these are really amazing books. beleive me it's better than the movies. it takes you completely into the new world.
• United States
22 Jun 09
Yes i agree with you...the books are definitely way better than the movies...
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
Hi there. Well, I actually watched the movies first before showing any interest in reading the books. I also got my uncle to buy me all three books but, a couple of pages into the first books, I kind of lost interest due to the language (the book practically reads like a history text book). But I've read on the internet that the books' storyline is way better than the movies' storyline so maybe I'd give reading the books another chance.
• United States
28 Apr 09
I know, I think that is why I didn't read the books when I got them. They are kinda difficult to understand especially at the age of around 12 or 13 when he gave them to me. I do wish I knew where they were though? My mom and dad might have them at their house.
@besthope44 (12146)
• India
27 Aug 10
Yes i read the books first before watching the movies. I believe both are good
@meyows (438)
• India
16 Jul 09
Both are my different hobbies, I love to read books and also I'll watch movies.
• India
1 Jul 09
I am a huge fantasy freak as a result I am obviously not going to miss out on the series which resulted in the genesis of this genre . I read the books while I was in 9th standard
@jedopi (401)
• Canada
23 Jun 09
Yes, I did read the books before watching the movies. I actually read The Hobbit first which is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I am glad that I did because it explains all about how Bilbo got the ring from Gollum. Since that time I have read many more of Tolkien's books including The Silmarillion. This book delves deeper into the world of Middle Earth and how everything was created. It is a fascinating book and shows what an extraordinary author JRR Tolkien really was.
• United States
22 Jun 09
I read the books only after watching the first movie(The Fellowship of the ring).i was very much intrerested to know wat happened to frodo and the rest of the fellowship.so started reading the books.the movies have been slightly altered but both are equally good.
@Mai101 (25)
• Philippines
17 Jun 09
For some reason, a movie always seems to fall short of my expectations whenever I've read the book before seeing the film... So if I know that a movie is being made based on a book I might be interested in reading, I wait to see the film first prior to reading the story. Often, though, I get to read books long before they are considered for film so when the movie on them comes out, I've pretty much learned to appreciate the art behind the literature even more than I did while reading it ;-)
• Philippines
11 Jun 09
Sadly didn't have the chance to read the book before seeing the movies. . . and I'm not really on books so i think its OK. . .
@flzmlady (419)
• China
8 Jun 09
no first know the movies,then the books still working on the original simillarion
• India
5 Jun 09
i loved to read the book before watching these movies. I was very much excited to watch the movie version of the spectacular journey and it meets to ones expectation. every character and incidents in the book was portrayed so accurately that was so imaginable.
• United States
22 May 09
Well i didn't necessarily read the book your talking about but i have read books before seeing the movie.The reason i do that is because i believe that the book has more details and is page turning.But once u see the movie there isn't that much detail.So i think reading the book before you see the movie is better.That's how i feel.
@fornalina (157)
• Poland
22 May 09
I saw the movie first, Fellowship of the ring, to be precise and I felt in love with it. Shortly after seeing the movie I run to bookstore to buy books and I read them all and fell in love with them as well. So I saw the two other parts of the Lotr movie after reading the books. But somehow I liked the movie more. I saw every part like.. 5-6 times?
@eweible (15)
• United States
20 May 09
i definately did. I read the hobbit in 5th grade, and then the lord of the rings after. i thought the movies were good, but not a substitute for the books. the books were way better, and way easier to follow.
• Indonesia
4 May 09
Yup .. it's a very good movie .. i watched 4 times LOTR .. all of it the 3 series ... it's very good and yeah i watch the movie first but i never read the book i had no sources to it .
• United States
2 May 09
Reading books before watching the movies is something I want to start doing! Somehow the books give more details, and provide more, than most movies do. We had the whole series of the LORD OF THE RINGS, but I didn't read them. They got misplaced, so I guess I won't for a while. Watching the movie before reading the books, somehow always spoil the book for me lol. So I probably will just stick with the movies. They were just as awesome!
• Indonesia
28 Apr 09
I'm never have they books, but I have all movie lord of the rings. This good movie for me.
@Setto24 (122)
• Indonesia
28 Apr 09
No, it will make me not comfortable with the movie... I need a surprise... but i always watched the trailer before... just read the synopsis from official web or wikipedia.
@angelajoy (1840)
• Philippines
28 Apr 09
I am such a bookworm and I always try to read the book before seeing the movie, that's why I almost always get disappointed because in my opinion, books are usually better than the movie versions as they are more detailed. Plus, I find that my imagination is usually better than special effects.
@xcapex (48)
• United States
28 Apr 09
Lord of the Rings? Never read the books. Just watched the movies. And they WERE pretty good actually!