Which you wish you do first? read the book or watch the movie?

Malaysia
January 25, 2007 1:25pm CST
i would prefer seeing the movie first before reading it. my main concern is i tend to get disappointed when i see the movie due to lack of details and i've already know how the story ends. it steals the mood out of you an in the end, you can't enjoy the movie as much as your friends do.. this happens to me when i watch harry potter..
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I definitely prefer to read the book first and make my own visions of the characters and such. I hate to see a movie and then read a book. Usually I won't even bother. If I see a movie, I won't read the book.
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@hmbw_24 (407)
• United States
6 Feb 07
i like to read the book first. you see i can make my own characters and details in my head as i am reading. i get my own ideas and pictures in my head. if i saw the movie first then the movie makers ideas would be in my head instead of my own.
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6 Feb 07
I have to agree wiht you it happened with The Da Vinci Code and Lord of the Rings for me. The problem I find though is that I don't get around to reading the book if I have already seen the movie.
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@RevathyB (46)
• India
6 Feb 07
I would prefer reading the book first since it gives more clarity, it is not always necessary that the movie can depict every nuance of the story as in the book.
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• United States
2 Feb 07
I prefer to hit the books first. I'd rather know how a two hour movie ends before going into it than spoiling a 30 hour book.
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@samfisher (109)
• India
2 Feb 07
i should read the book first and then movie,
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@jude79 (58)
• Australia
2 Feb 07
I generally read the book before seeing the movie. But if I see a movie and find out it was a book, then I will read the book. I find that reading the books are alot better than the movies, because there is so much more info and story and if the movie is done properly then it will have the better and more informative bits in it.
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• Philippines
2 Feb 07
i would prefer to read the contents than to watch movie..because there is movie that is lacking from information..unlike if u start it reading u will understand how it goes that way..u will truly understand the story if u read it first....
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@charlazio (215)
• Italy
2 Feb 07
i prefer to read the book i think. though i usually see the movie first. for example, i saw the da vinci code, then read the book a month or so later. i could not get tom hanks voice out of my head when i was reading. i'm not sure if that meant he did a good job in the movie or what but it was annoying to keep seeing his stupid haircut in my head.
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
2 Feb 07
Well the book is always better then the movie, which is why I am in such a quandry. I like to read all of the Harry potter books through before the next book comes out. But I hate reading a book just before seeing the movie, because inevitabley I will be disappointed in the movie.
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@dmillman (2273)
• United States
26 Jan 07
I prefer to read the story first, to understand the story in the author's eyes. Then, when I watch the movie, I notice the differences and try to figure out why. Did the director have a different view? Was it done for dramatic affects? That kind of stuff. I usually like the book better than in the movie. There are only a few exceptions (sorry I can't think of them right now!).
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@Agimat (355)
• Philippines
25 Jan 07
I prefer reading the book before I watch the movie. Most movies are limited and change or remove a lot of content from the book. That's why I'd rather get all the info first before I watch the movie rendition.
@camille101 (1027)
• United Arab Emirates
25 Jan 07
I'd like to read the story first before watching the movie. In that case, I can criticize the way the movie ends up.
6 Feb 07
In my opinion you should always always salways read the book first. Then when you actually go to watch the film you find flaws in that by finding differences from the book therefore finding "flaws" in the film as opposed to the book. I know film makers and all the rest play their bit but the author that wrote the book is where the majority of the credit should go to. I'm not much of a movie person but you should read Trainspotting and then watch the movie. The movie doesn't nearly capture what Irvine Welsh achieved. There are many scenes that have been adpted or deleted all together because it was just too "real" to put on the cinema screen. Don't get me wrong though, some of the movies adapted form books are amazing but with myself being a bookworm I am always going to side with the written word. Have you ever read Augusten Burroghs "Running With Scissors". The book is twisted, cleverly written and sure to blow you away. I had everyone talking about it when I first read it. Well it's been made into a film, haven't seen it yet though as I'm terrified that if I do it will alter my opinion of the whole story and it will be ruined. I don't kn ow much about the making of film but I know that in writing, authors use various techniques to achieve the feeling conjured up in us through little subtle things that the reader doesn't always notice but gets the full effect of. I just don't see how a film can do the same as this to the same extent. So to sum it up: Watch the book first and if your too lazy to do this then you wouldn't appreciate the effort gone into it anyway.
@mynatenyi (226)
• Nigeria
2 Feb 07
read the book, it guards me towards what to expect