Do you like reading books that have been made into movies?

Philippines
June 11, 2012 10:03am CST
Do you like reading books that have been made into movies? I consider myself lucky to have been lent by friends good books that echo a country's historic past, like Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I've also read The Stranger by Albert Camus. I scanned the book The Lovely Bones and found the movie version mesmerizing. Then of course, there are Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell and Memoirs of a Geisha by William Golden. How about you? Which novels turned into films remain etched in your mind & heart?
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• Italy
12 Jun 12
This is a good point: It's very difficult to create a movie, from a novel, which meets our expectations because reading that book all of us have imagined the atmosphere in a different way, we have created a world, colours, sounds, faces, places: a good writer awakes your imagination unto put in you a little god. So a filmmaker has his own idea of the world he has to represent about that book, which is surely different from ours. Another point is time: it's difficult to hold a whole book (story, feelings, atmospheres) in about 2 hours. I loved the 1939 Wuthering Heights (Yeah, I love b/w) but the movie is only about the first part of the book: it forget absolutely Catherine and Heathcliff's children. And it is a good movie. Speaking of something more recent I appreciated very much "Memories of a geisha", and it was not easy cause I'm a fan of that novel; or Zeffirelli's jane Eyre; or "La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano" (great italian director - Tornatore- and some famous american actors like Tim Roth, which I like very much) based on an italian writer's book. That's the original title, I don't know how it was translated in english. And lastly there are some movies which are even better than their respective books, as Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula (well I hated that novel, I hated indeed Stoker's style of writing)
• Philippines
12 Jun 12
Some books are truly worth reading again and again (or at least excerpts of it, so it pays to have the hard copy) like Withering Heights and Gone with the Wind. As for movies based on books, well, I kinda liked Disclosure (which featured Demi Moore and Michael Douglas) and Abandon which featured Katie Holmes. There are many others but I can't recall them at the moment. Keep reading & watching good movies!
• Philippines
12 Jun 12
oops... there's a typo error in my last post there. That's Wuthering Heights, of course.
@SusanLee (1920)
• United States
15 Aug 12
Sometimes I do. One of my favorite was 'Clan of the Cave Bear' with Darryl Hannah. I read the book and then one day while looking for a video to rent I saw there was a movie made from the book. I think it's the only movie I've ever seen that stayed right on top of the book's storyline. Even down to the dialog. It was a very thick book and they left parts out of the movie. I can understand that. What I liked was that they didn't combine parts. I watched a biblical movie one time and they combined the story of Sodom and Gomorrah, Noah's flood and something with Sampson and Delilah. I mean please. You can't combine those bible stories. What's wrong with those fools? Anyway, yes, I do like to watch the movie and read the book. Usually the book is better because you can become emotionally invested in the characters through the authors description. You can feel what they feel and you know what they're thinking.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
The Daryl Hannah starrer sounds interesting. I should check that out soometime.
@megamatt (14327)
• United States
13 Jun 12
Books and movies are two rather different mediums that can really be portrayed in different ways. There have been times where I have seen an attempt to put a book on the screen and it has rather worked rather well. And there are other times where it really has bombed right on screen right with the entire world to see and it is horrifying. I'll be perfectly honest, there has been zero movies that I have really enjoyed that have been turned from books to movies. There is just a disconnect as I spend too much time trying to obsess over what they changed and why it has been an idea. There have been some movies who have done a better job in going across the important things. Still I really think that the best way to enjoy a book being turned into a movie is not to read the book first. After the movie, read the book to fill in the gaps.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Some movies I've watched before reading the book, but which I enjoyed just the same, are "The Lovely Bones," "Stardust." and "The Notebook."
@dansazz (1059)
• United States
12 Jun 12
I have read a few books that were made into movies, sometimes before I watch the movie, sometimes after. The books are always better, but I assume that is because they contain a lot more information then a 2 hour flick. I've seen some really bad film translations, and some pretty good ones. Some that stick out for me are the Nicholas sparks movies. Also some of the john Gresham films.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
I also like some of the Nicholas Sparks books made into movies.
@ptrikha_2 (10880)
• India
12 Jun 12
While I would love to read books on which movies have been made. However, so far I have not got enough time to do so. I would one day read Harry Potter book(s) or perhaps one of the "Lord of the Rings" series.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Most books nowadays are on pdf files. You can also read through your cellphone. For me, I get to squeeze in engaging or standout reads in between work because it serves as a form of relaxation for me.
@averygirl72 (16617)
• Philippines
12 Jun 12
As far as I can remember, I have read only 2 books that have been made into movies. The first one is "Da Vinci Code" and the other one is just recently--"The Hunger Games." The difference though, I read "Da Vinci Code" before I watched the movie; while I read "The Hunger Games" after I watched the movie. There were movies though that I prefer not to read the books like "The Confessions of a Shopaholic" and "The Lord of the Rings."
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Yes, there are movies that are great to watch, than if you were to read the book version, but there are lots of books, too, whose movie versions don't do justice to them.
• Philippines
12 Jun 12
I read the book Twilight which was introduced by my friend and before starting to read the second book there the movie is already in the making.. Its really cool.. You can compare how the story in the book and how they made it in the movies and its really fun and cool.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
I hope they do the same for Fifty Shades of Grey.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Jun 12
For me, I would have to say that it is the opposite. I enjoy watching the movies that have been based on a book. I am the kind of person that will always read the book before I will watch the movie. The reason that I do it that way is because of the fact that I like to be able to make my own pictures in my mind from the book and if I was to watch the movie first, that wouldn't be something that I would be able to do because my view would be biased because of what was in the movie.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Depends, I guess, on the book. I watched Disclosure and liked it (because of the famous lead stars). But others like Harry Potter and Memoirs of the Geisha are certainly good reads. I wouldn't prefer watching the movie first before reading the book in the latter case.
• Australia
12 Jun 12
I dont mind reading books that have been turned into movies as often they differ in minor or sometimes a major way to make the movie flow better or appeal to a broader audience... The one i think that i always remember and love is Oliver Twist.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Classic books made into movies are interesting to watch, I guess. As for me, I've read some classic books like Gone With the Wind and Tess of the D'Urbervilles and I think getting to know the characters through books is the best.
• United States
11 Jun 12
It depends.I like inspirational books and a lot of inspirational books have been turned into movies.Also if it is highly rated I will probably read it.I really liked the book The Help . That one really touched me and is a award winning movie.it reminded us of the past . I mean I don't read historical books often I usally read books set in mordern day.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Now that you've mentioned it, I think I'll check out that book.
@asyria51 (2870)
• United States
11 Jun 12
Most of the time I like thrillers, or action adventure books and movies. I have read and seen several of the Grisham books and then seen the movies. I mostly prefer the books, when it is adapted for a Movie many times important parts are cut down or cut out completely. It is an interpretation of what the book is, and many times the people chosen to portray the characters do not fit what is in my mind when I read the book.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
In my case, the actors & actresses who get to play the lead characters of stories based from a book lend "faces" to what I've read.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
11 Jun 12
I'm reading one now that's been made into a movie which I've seen a couple of weeks ago called 'The Lucky One'. It's not a true story but a romantic story which is one of many categories that I like. The books are in more detail than the movie because of the time allowed which is around two hours so reading the book, you're able to know more of what went on. Happy reading friend!
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
I enjoyed reading that book, too.
@Labrat (210)
11 Jun 12
yea, i like reading them before watching the film though, the film always cuts too much out of the original story,which is crap
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
You have a point there. Movies need to cater to a large mass audience and get break even profits, I suppose.
@Porcospino (18703)
• Denmark
11 Jun 12
In the last couple of weeks I have read two books which have been made into movies. The first one was "We need to talk about Kevin". I watched the movie and I liked it a lot so I decided to read the book as well. When I read the book I already knew the story from the movie, but I still enjoyed the book. The second book that I read was "The green mile". When I read the book I had already seen the movie, so I knew most of the details of the story, but there were some differences between the book and the movie, and I felt that I understood the story much better when I had read the book. In the past I have read other books that have been made into movies for instanse "Mystic river", "Shutter island" and "Psycho" and I enjoyed those books as well.
• Philippines
20 Aug 12
Interesting books read & movies you've seen there.
@JenAC1984 (233)
• United States
11 Jun 12
Hello jcordova888, ,I think the books can be misleading, as they are many times written differently than what the movies protray or take a different path in the events of the story. I feel more confident in watching the movies first. To me, reading is very powerful, but I get the full affect by seeing the story played out by actors. I am much more into bios and poetry books. This is why I prefer them,,sadly I haven't had the extra funds to purchase any good reads here lately, but I do love the library. oh, that reminds me, I need to return 3 of them..haha...Thanks ofr the great discussion!
• Philippines
11 Jun 12
Well, there are some books that make you understand the movie version better, and some movies that make the book a must-read. It's also interesting to see how a celebrity acts out the lead character in a bestselling book. Take the case of Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. Indeed, reading can have a powerful effect. Beyond that, it opens our eyes to what other people in the world may actually have gone through or are going through. It's good that people like you still go to the library. Nowadays, I get good reads from a bookstore offering them at a bargain. Friends sometimes also send me the e-book version. Lucky me!