Read the novel or watch the movie?

books or movies - Harry Potter books and movies
Philippines
September 4, 2007 2:40am CST
There are some novels that have been brought to the silver screen. Stories like Harry Potter, Pelican Brief and many more. For those of you who got to read the book and watch the movie, too, which do you think was better? Do you think the book was better or the movie? Did the movie give the book a fair show?
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@Lifeless (2636)
• India
6 Sep 07
For all the novels of which movies have been made, I prefer watching the movies version only... Its better to watch a movie in 3 hours rather than spend 4-5 days or even longer reading the same story in the book... Movies are much exciting than the text content as well...
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@tentwo67 (3382)
• United States
4 Sep 07
If I haven't read the book by the time a movie comes out, I generally prefer to see the movie first and then read the book, because there is so much more detail in the books and so it often makes the story richer to read the book after seeing the story. When I have already read and loved a book and then there is a movie, I just try to remind myself that it's impractical to try to include everything in the movie, and just enjoy it for what it is. There is only one time that I prefered a movie to a book, and that was "The Firm." Otherwise, the books are always better to me.
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
Books are definitely way better than the movie. Good for you, you can bear to see the movie first. Don't you think it spoils the ending for you? Anyway, each to his own. You didn't like "The Firm"? What about "Pelican Brief", have you seen it? I didn't like the movie version. My imaginations about the story were shattered. Well, thanks for responding.
@tentwo67 (3382)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I didn't enjoy the book "The Firm" much at all. It just didn't grab me. This might be because of high expectations because so many people were raving about it. Anyway, it just didn't do anything for me. But I enjoyed the movie. I liked the music and the way it was put together and it is the only time I found the movie more satisfying than the book. I liked the Pelican Brief movie just fine, but I really liked the book a lot more. Except The Firm, I have enjoyed the other Grishams I have read.
@maybebaby (1230)
• Canada
4 Sep 07
I usually like the books better because the movies leave out parts due to time constraints. I also like the way I can make the characters and settings the way I want whereas in a movie the imagination is taken away. Saying that I do love movies and have watched many that have been based on books that I have loved, like the Harry Potter movies. I do like to read the book before seeing the movie whenever possible. What do you like to do first, read or watch?
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
I definitely read the books first then watch or sometimes I am satisfied not watching the movie anymore. Thanks for posting.
@djmarion (4900)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
i haven't finished the book of harry potter so i guess i like to watch the movie.
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
Believe me darling, the book is far better than the movie! I hope you'll finish reading the book.
• Germany
4 Sep 07
I normally read the book before watching the movie. I have much more fun reading a novel when I don't have movie versions of characters in my mind's eye or - worse - already know the ending. I prefer the other way round, because when I watch a film and already know the ending, I will still be interested in how they 'translated' everything from paper to screen: how the characters look, which parts are left out and so on.
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
I'm glad to find someone who thinks like me. I do like reading the book first before I watch the movie. And yes I do anticipate the characters who will portray the roles from the book. My friend and I try to guess the celebrities who would portray such roles. But still, the movies have never matched the books.
@nengs10 (3183)
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
As I have noticed, most movies are far worse off than the books itself. It doesn't usually reflect the whole book. Well, for one, the movie versions are just too limited. I mean, they only have limited time to show the book's gist. However, I'm so silly. I still like the movies. I find it boring sometimes to read story books and novels due to their flowery contexts. Anyway, I like movies better since it just entertains. Now, I realized that I should not read books anymore before watching a movie. So, I won't expect anything on the silver screen.
• Philippines
4 Sep 07
Reading the book before watching the movie doesn't really dampen the story line. Yeah, you will just expect a lot but you will still enjoy the story. I don't know which is more enjoyable: reading then watching or watching then reading. Its just that the movie will take away all your space for imagination. Your imagination will be limited since the movie is limited. As you read the book, your mind cannot soar to heights anymore because it has been limited by the movie you saw.
@quawertz (778)
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
In my opinion, the book has more details than the movie. Based on my friends who read the harry potter novels, they think it is better to read it than to wtach it, because some of the details were lost. But if you are a bum and too lazy to read better settle for the movie, hhaha...
@tines2512 (326)
• Philippines
5 Sep 07
I prefer watching the movie.It is summary of what is written on the novel and I tend to appreciate it much because I am more of a visual person.
• United States
5 Sep 07
The book is always better than the movie. I've yet to find a movie that surpasses the novel; however, their are some movies I consider equal to the books in their excellence. The Green Mile is a great example. The movie and the book (or books in a series) are both superb.
• Atlantic City, New Jersey
5 Sep 07
Because I have been an avid reader since childhood - I would definetley say that most times - the book is better than the movie. Unless you happen to see the movie before reading the book- and feel for that story better. For example, "A Time to Kill", and "The Firm". Although I like the book more in "A Time to Kill"- the ending in the movie "The Firm" is very different the the book- and in my opinion- much better :)
@HollyK (29)
• United States
5 Sep 07
It seems that the consensus is read the books first then see the movie. I agree. Some writers use alot of what the character is thinking instead of actually speaking. That's not easy to do in a movie unless you want the character talking to himself through the movie. In the book Dreamcatcher by Stephen King, large chunks of the book took place in one of the characters mind. I wondered how they would be able to put that on the movie screen, but they did a fairly good job of it. It was such a unique way of looking at the mind and memories that it seemed better suited to a novel than movie.
@x1x2x3 (152)
• India
4 Sep 07
I have not read Harry Potter series but i have seen its four parts. I have Godfather three times. Its a brilliant piece of fiction by Mario Puzo. I have also seen the Godfather movie by francis Ford Cuppala. I think its a brilliant adaptation of the novel. each and every character in the movie is brilliantly screenplayed in the movie. So thats a fair attempt. I simply enjoyed the movies as much as i have enjoyed the novel.
@sandeep_t (428)
• India
4 Sep 07
I think most of the people would vote for Harry Potter. The way i imagined each character was presented the same on the screen. This was the first time i felt imagination comming into reality. Hatsoof to the director.
@Pompon (1758)
• Poland
4 Sep 07
I read the novel at first and then go watch the movie :P And almost everytime the book is better than a movie, simply because it has no time restrictions, it can have it's own pace. I know some films like "Lord of the Rings" are looong, but still it's shortened version of the original. Basically the movies that are based on some stories are made to popularize the story itself.