Book or film? When there is a film adaption of a book out which would you prefer

The Da Vinci Code - Do you prefer the book to the film and why?
@oldchem1 (8144)
May 11, 2010 10:45am CST
When adaptations of your favourite books are released as films do you like to wach them? How many times have you read a book and really enjoyed it and then watched the film and been totally disappointed? This has happened to me several times, when I read the Da Vinci Code I was very keen to watch the film,but so much was changed in it ( especially the ending) that I got quite annoyed. Alright VERY annoyed!! Have you had any such experiences with films of your favourite books or have you enjoyed the films more?
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14 responses
12 May 10
I usually prefer the book to the film, I find that the films usually miss alot of the books content out, or mix it up and change it. I often dread the film version of the book coming out, but I always find myself watching it anyway! A few of the films I have watched which have been made of books are: The Da Vinci Code (I found this to be a terrible film to the book, and the silly little changes they made annoyed me!) The Notebook (This was actually a great adaptation of the book, and one I really enjoyed.) The Time Travelers Wife (Again silly changes which annoyed me!) Twilight + New Moon (These were "ok" adaptations, but not great, I found they moved too fast while the book took it's time to get to places.) I think my problem is that with the books I can imagine the characters myself, and they always go into so much more detail! I think films need to be longer than 90 minutes to fit everything in!!!
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@charylady (424)
• Philippines
12 May 10
i enjoy reading the book more; i can picture the events in my head. i appreciate the director's efforts in making the film tho. i expect it's really difficult condensing everything into a 2-3 hr movie; hard decisions as to which specific scenes to include so that the essence of the book remains. i find it interesting to compare the book and the film so i try to watch the movie version when it comes out or i go read the book after seeing the movie.
@naka75 (797)
• Singapore
12 May 10
I must say I enjoy both reading the book and watching movie. Preferably I would read the book and immersed myself in the story. I can put down the book anytime to think about the story, the different scenes where the story was taking place, what the author was trying to tell and so on. If the novel is made into a movie, I would be glad to watch it too because I get to see real life characters and the actual place the story is set, for example, the Vatican City in Angels and Demons. Since I would expect the movie to be loosely based on the book or it has an entirely new interpretation of the story, I won't be annoyed if the movie does not match the contents of the book. I would be interested to know how the scriptwriter and director give a new life to the story.
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@maximax8 (27048)
11 May 10
I always enjoy reading the book more than seeing the movie. I feel that books are as the author intended. The movie can be very different to the book. In 'The Beach' I couldn't believe how the detail in the movie changed. The film people wanted to make it romantic so that into it. Even worse was The Motorcycle Diaries. The actors in that has to swear and it wasn't like that in the book. When I was a student of English literature some of the students found a number of the books challenging. So they watched the movie but didn't know it was very different to the book they should have read.
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@zralte (4186)
• India
11 May 10
For me, the movie never do justice to the book. Yes, the first one that springs to mind is Da Vinci code. Love that book, read all Dan Brown's because of that single book. But the movie...yes, it's alright, but does nothing for the book. The next movie adaptation that comes to my mind is Bourne Series by Robert Ludlum. None of them even came close to the book. I guess I am a die hard fan of the books. Nothing beats the books. My idea of paradise is a slight drizzle of rain and nothing to do and curl yourself in front of a telly with a good book and a warm throw.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
11 May 10
A film is likely to fall short of the book.I personally would always prefer abook because there is scope for fantastic descriptions here and they come vividly alive in our imagination.Despite picturisation and advanced technology, the vast scope offered in a book canot be condensed in three hours.The best efforts can be made; I do not deny it but my expereince ahs always made me vote for the book compared to the film.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
11 May 10
Many great book when adaptation into movie, sometimes its change a lot. Mostly we feel reading the more satisfying than look the movie, and few scenes we will say not that way in book. The most simple example is harry potter movie, is much more challenging and fun reading the book than watch movie, because when you watch movie you feel something lost.
@oldchem1 (8144)
11 May 10
Yes you visulise everything in your head, and sometimes your thoughts and the film's directors thoughts are not the same
@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
12 May 10
I prefer that it is not adapted to a movie. There are changes that sometimes do not give justice to the book
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
12 May 10
Hi Oldchem I usually watch the movie first, and if I find it interesting, I try to get a copy of the book and read it, so I can compare which parts where changed, modified or added. But if I didn't like the film, I don't bother check out the printed one. There were instances when I've already read the book before the film came out, in this case I (more often than not) read the book again to refresh my memory, and again, to spot the difference.
• Philippines
12 May 10
i enjoy film more than reading the book version.. but i do understand the story more when i read the book.. 'Cause in the book its fully detailed, unlike in the film some details are deleted because it will take much time..
@Jadxia (39)
• United States
12 May 10
I would always rather to read the book and then maybe see the movie, but it always annoys me when they change up the book storyline for the movie. Michael Crichton is usually good for making sure his movies match the books, except for the later sequels of Jurassic Park, man, they so screwed those book storylines up! But I love on my favorite books, when the movies hold as much to word by word tot he book. For example, To Kill A Mockingbird. Word for beautiful lovely word, even the introduction. Every single time I can repeat the intro to it, having read the book so many times. I dont get as angry as I used to, but I think, if you are going to follow a book, follow it as much as possible!
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
11 May 10
It was like that for me with the Twilight Saga. It's really neat watching these characters come to life but when I read a book then watch the movie, I'll be expecting a part to play out and it doesn't. This is what disappoints me. Take care
• United States
11 May 10
In my opinion, the book is always better. Example: I had read the book "Waiting to Exhale" and couln't put it down. It was off the hook! But when the movie came out, i was expecting for the movie to be even better, because it's visual aids right? Boy was i wrong. I think that they should leave well enough alone, as far as making movies, from the books.
@_sketch_ (5711)
• United States
11 May 10
I think that it depends on the case. My friend read the Da Vinci Code and she hated the movie too. I hated the movie, but I hadn't read the book. But she also read the book that the movie I am Legend was based on and from what she tells me, I think I'd like the movie more.