Do you read the book first then watch the movie or the other way around?

@lala501 (1533)
United States
July 28, 2009 1:37pm CST
I prefer to read the book first then watch the movie because if I see the movie first then I am seeing someone elses view of how the characters look and what the image in there head is, but if I read the book first I can invision what the people would look like and the setting instead of having to rely on someone else description. So which do you like to do, read the book first or see the movie first? Share your opinion.
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@nzalheart (2352)
• India
29 Jul 09
Hello lala501!!! Well I am not specific in choosing book first or the movie first. I prefer to do what come to me in the first place. i.e first come first serve hehe...It happens to me that if I have watch the movie, then I would like to read the book. And also if I read the book and there is movie for that book, I will also want to watch the movie. So, anything that comes to be first, is my first choice... Happy mylotting...
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I am sort of like that, if I read a book and there comes a movie about it then I will probably all ways see the movie, but never the other way around. If I see a movie that I find out was also a book, then I don't think I would ever want to read the book, because I would already know what would happen, and the book would take longer to read then seeing the movie anyway most likely.
@nzalheart (2352)
• India
1 Aug 09
Well last time, I watch a movie that was related to the book "The Monkey Paw". It was said that the concept was driven from the book for the movie. That means the whole story is not the same. And the movie was very much interesting. That was about wishing something and that wish comes true. But while that wish comes true, they will have to loose something. The wish just comes true with some natural phenomenon and thereby loosing something too that the wisher realizes it very late. And so I am interested to read the book too..
• United States
29 Jul 09
I would certainly read the book first, then the movie. The movie never has all that the book has, and the movie may ruin it for me that I would never want to read it.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I don't think I would ever read the book after watching the movie because as you said it would probably ruin it for me. I wouldn't get the sense of imagination as I would if I has read the book first.
• Romania
29 Jul 09
Usually I read the book and after I watch the movie. I like to imagine the characters reading the subject.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I too like to imagine what the characters look like in my head when I read a story. They can be totally different in the movie. Like in one book I read it said the main character was over weight, but when I saw the movie who was as skinny as a twig.
@vingyan06 (2489)
• Malaysia
29 Jul 09
I am lazy, in fact, I hardly read a book. I will go directly to movies. More over I find that watch a movie is much more interesting than reading the book. That is just me. Happy mylotting.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Yes I agree. Sometimes books can get pretty boring, and going out with your friends can be more fun and exciting, but sometimes reading a book is better for you then just going out to see the movie most of the time.
@jules67 (2791)
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
For me, I would rather read the book first before I would watch the movie. Angels and Demons have been shown here a long time ago but since I am only halfway reading the book, I deferred watching the movie.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I have that book too. I haven't had time to read all of it yet, and I don't think I will get the time too. I have also not watched the movie, but I think I will one of these days.
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
I'll devour whatever comes first, but I prefer reading, watching, and then reading again. Like how I dealt with 'The Da Vinci Code', I read the book first. However, I pity myself because I can only understand the book superficially. And then there came the movie. The supplement, in the form of the movie, was good because it made me understand the gist of the plot. Since the movie sacrificed a lot of details and since I've already understood the plot (not just superficially), I decided to read the book again. It helped a lot and I exclaimed a few Ahs and Ooohs. However, like Harry Potter flicks, some details from the book are different to that of the movie. So I say better read the book first, watch the movie, and then read the book again, in this case.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I have never read a book more than once, but maybe if I read a book that is really good and a movie comes out about it than maybe I'll try your way. That sounds like a good idea, because as you said movies can also help you get a better understanding of the book if you were confused about it before.
• United States
28 Jul 09
I prefer to read the book first. Actually, if I see the movie first, I probably will not ever read the book. I can't think of a book I've read after a movie, but I am thinking of two or three that I have read the book then watched the movie. If you watch the movie first it spoils the fun of the imagination!!
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Yes I agree that if you see the movie first then it spoils the fun of the imagination. I can only think of 2 movies that I have seen that I have not read the book. 1. Twilight which I really didn't want to see or read in the first place, but my friends were nagging me to see it so I finally did. It was actually a pretty good movie in my opinion, but I don't think I will ever read the book. And 2. all the Harry Potter movies. There books are way to long in my opinion, and I think I would just get confused if I tried to read them.
@lrglara (1343)
• Philippines
28 Jul 09
i like reading the book first then watch the movie or not at all. I just get disappointed when the highlights in the book were not in the movie... eg. the da vinci code. I end up hating the movie. so i try not to watch the movie instead and settle to reading... if for instance, i watched the movie first and then read the book, i still end up getting disappointed with the movie... :(
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
29 Jul 09
Yes I have heard that was a really good movie though, but maybe those people have not read the book, so they are blind to see that some really good parts are missing. I have never read or seen the movie of the Da Vinci Code.
@snowy22315 (17655)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I dont always see the movie and read the book. usually it is one or the other. Seldom do I do both. I think that I will often read the book and the movie is usually easier to watch so often I will just watch the movie and forget about the book. it is something that I am really interested in doing. book and movie but dont get around to both.
• United States
29 Jul 09
I'm with snowy! I don't lke to read books that are made into movies or go to a movie that was frst a book. They are always different and I end up disappointed. When you imagine what happened one way and then see it another, it's depressing because you have an expectation of what will happen and get let down when it doesn't.
@savypat (20248)
• United States
28 Jul 09
I have never seen a movie and than read the book. Only once have I read the book and seen the movie, it was a great disappointment. So I just don't mix the two.
@lala501 (1533)
• United States
29 Jul 09
I usually only mix the two if I read the book first then watch the movie. Never the other way around. I like seeing good books turn into movies. It shows how good the book really is.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Having this very busy life, I do not have time to read books anymore. So in my case, I just watched the movie instead of reading about it. I know that the books thus explains the story more and is quite complete, but sadly, I do not have time anymore. So I just settle for the movie.
@lhendrie (30)
• Indonesia
31 Jul 09
I read the book first and then watch the movie. If I watch the movie first, most likely I won't read the book. And I never remember read any book after watch the movie.
• China
31 Jul 09
Agree with you. When i read a book, i feel it by my heart and listen to what the author says. Usually the author is able to analyze characters personality in detail and throughly. But if the story is shot in a movie, it will be changed more or less. Moreover, you can base you understanding of the story on the movie to give ur own explanation and comments.
@mces0925 (196)
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
When I was single I would read first the book then watch the movie. Check if everthing is the same on the book. But now, I don't have much time to read, If the movie seems interesting I will watch it!
@cripfemme (7722)
• United States
29 Jul 09
It depends sometimes I watch the movie first and then read the book second,sometimes I read the book first and watch the movie second but I usually end up liking the first version I saw be it book or movie best. I don't know why it is but it seems to be the case.
@dolphin2406 (1228)
• Poland
29 Jul 09
Hi, I prefer to read the book first. After that I will usually be a bit disappointed with the movie since it does not go in detail as much as there is in the book. While reading you create a mental image of the main characters and their surroundings, then when you watch the movie everything you imagined changes. This happened with the Da Vinci Code, I liked the book much more than the movie though I enjoyed watching it to see the Churches and paintings. To watch the movie before reading will set you right in the picture but then usually I don't continue to read the book since I already know what will happen. Now I also heard from friends who went to watch the latest Harry Potter movie. They said that the book is much much better and it was a waste of time watching the movie. I don't know myself since I never read the books or saw the movies. Have a nice day!
@maximax8 (27056)
29 Jul 09
I always have to read the book before I see the movie. Most usually the movie has been added to considerably and the plot might have changed for the film. I have a few times been surprised by changes made by the production company. In Alex Garland's book The Beach the main character was a backpacker having an adventure. In the movie they changed it and added much romance. Often language is changed to make it popular. I couldn't believe the swearing in The Motor Cycle Diaries.
@lheng18 (93)
• Philippines
29 Jul 09
i am sorry!!!! me i prefer to watch and surf all the time than to read book.. to tell you honestly i am not reading books a lot... hehehehe maybe that is not part of my interest but actually i read a lot of pocketbooks... love story... kakilig hehehe.. being way around i want to stay at home for my peace of mind... heheheh
• India
29 Jul 09
Hi friend, I love to watch movies first.If i were you i would first watch the movie and than read the book.I love to watch the same movies again and again than reading the same book again and again.lol Have a nice day
@Elaine77 (315)
• China
29 Jul 09
hi there, I think I'll do the both. If I find a book that's very interesting and there is movie based on this, I'll take a look of this movie, but seen a movie after reading a book will somethimes make me very disappointed on the movie. If I find a movie that's very interesting and it's a series movie with no ending, then I will check out the books to see what is going on after that movie. but if the movie have an ending, I think I wont go back to check out the books. Have a nice day.