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Do You Read the Book Before You See the Movie?

I've been writing a lot about the book-to-movie adaptation of The Lovely Bones, and two other high-profile adaptations, Stardust and The Nanny Diaries, will be released this month. I always prefer to read the book half of an adaptation before I see its film counterpart, but sometimes that leads to ridiculous situations — for example, I still haven't seen Seabiscuit because I'm convinced I'll get around to the book someday. What about you?

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amz amz 10 years
i can't read the book first or i will hate the movie. the books are ALWAYS better than the movies. it's so disappointing when certain parts of the books are left out of the movies or other parts that don't make sense are added. or when they cast someone totally wrong for the part. it's much better if i watch the movie first and then read the book. that way i can actually enjoy the movie, well, until i read the book and see how horrible the movie adaptation was. the only exception so far has been the LOTR movies. those were awesome.
jmast jmast 10 years
I'd rather read the book first, but I don't insist on it I read about a new book every night or every other night..I read a lot. So most likely I read the book before I see the movie. However, I never read the Nanny Diaries yet. I probably will pick up the book before I see the movie.
Neural Neural 10 years
I like to read the book first b/c I like to picture the characters myself and then see how closely that translates in the movie. I found that Stephen King's TV Miniseries "The Stand" has, thus far, most closely resembled what I pictured in my head.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
I like to read the book first, because if I see the move first and then read the book, my personal visualizations are tainted. Yes, this does mean that a lot of movies end up disappointing me, but I think that's because a lot of times people try to make movies out of really good books, and there's a lot of places in the movie-making process where a poorly-chosen person can make it a really mediocre movie (script-writer, director, actors, costumers, etc.) It only takes one genius author to write a great book, but it takes hundreds of various types of geniuses working well together to make a great movie. Therefore, I tend to cut adaptations some slack. I still prefer books, though.
lala788 lala788 10 years
i do the opposite think , first i see the movie and than i'll read the book.
LadyLibertine LadyLibertine 10 years
I rarely do, but more because they change many movies made from books So much eg Bridget Jones the second one I was hoping to see something similar than what was in the book
swwonder swwonder 10 years
I'd rather read the book first mostly. Although with some 'lighter' books I'll not bother. For example I have no interest in reading 'The Devil wears Prada', 'Gossip Girl' or any of the Candace Bushnell books.
Cadet Cadet 10 years
I like to read the book directly after seeing the movie because I use what I've seen in the movie to visualize what's happening in the book, that way the movie isn't ruined for me. As if the book is just a continuation of the movie instead of the basis for a movie.
missyosigirl missyosigirl 10 years
i try to read the book first, but if won't be able to get a copy, or i can't finish the book, then i'd go ahead and watch the movie. case in point: the lord of the rings. i couldn't finish the first book (fellowship of the ring) -- i was having a really hard time with the old english :( so i just went ahead and watched the trilogy without finishing the series. (i have all three books, and i only attempted to read the first one -- so bad!)
Marci Marci 10 years
I prefer to read the book first, but it won't stop me from seeing a movie if I haven't.
sweetheart_450 sweetheart_450 10 years
It really depends on the book and film. I could read first watch later, watch first read later, only read, or only watch. It all depends on the story and script. (I really hope that made sense :oops: )
Pez4Pres Pez4Pres 10 years
Most of the time if i read the book first, then I am disappointed with the movie. If I see the movie first, I can still enjoy the book. But I never go out of my way to see the movie first.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 10 years
I usually like to read the book first but it's not the end of the world if I don't. Sometimes I will read the book afterwards just to see how much they differ. Totally agree with wynnkey about Bridget Jones - movie much better than book
goofynewf goofynewf 10 years
I would like to read the book, but doubt it will happen. I will read a book after I see a movie. It does bother if I do that.
Java Java 10 years
hokie-girl hokie-girl 10 years
I love to read so I do try to read the book first. And actually 9 times out of 10, I usually do. I agree with darkbeauty that the movie always never lives up to my expectaions from the book. I felt that way when I saw The Devil Wears Prada. I had read the book a few months before the movie even came out and although I LOVED the movie, I kept remembering parts of the book that I wish had been included. To me, reading a book let's you imagine the characters and situations so it makes it more fun.
Firesheep Firesheep 10 years
I read a lot, so most of the times I read the book first, and I get disapointed, because the movie is almost never as good as the book. So, if I know there's going to me a movie, I wait with the book, and enjoy both. Problem is, I useally have to avoid a lot of spoilers...
darkbeauty darkbeauty 10 years
If you read the book first, chances are you won't like the movie as much because it won't be exactly as you pictured it. But if you see the movie first and then read the book, it adds more depth to the characters/plot. Thus explaining why I like to see the movie first and then read the book, that way I'm a happier consumer rather than a nitpicky, unsatisfied one!
silverilyte silverilyte 10 years
i love to read so when i find out a movie that is about to be released is based on a book. i rush to read. so many movies now are based on books. Harry Potter, the Lord of The Rings, Narnia, Bridge to Teribithia. and i can't wait to see The Other Boleyn Girl. i finished the book earlier this year. good stuff
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I usually don't have time to read books so I just settle for the movie. Having said that, I happened to have read The Nanny Diaries a long time ago.
drea74 drea74 10 years
I usually like to read the book first; however, if I see a movie that I really liked based on a book then I'll probably read it. But, when I really like a book and it's adapted into a movie, the movie generally sucks. Especially when they alter or completely change the ending as they did with Circle of Friends.
laimar laimar 10 years
I actually would rather see the movie first, then read the book... The book usually goes into a lot more detail, which enhances my vision on the movie (if I've already seen it), whereas, if I've already read the book, I am too critical of the stuff the movie left out! (like they could really fit 600 pages into a neat 2 hr. block...ha!) I just finished reading Shopgirl, which is one of my favorite movies :)
TexasTwinkle TexasTwinkle 10 years
I try to read the book first, the book is usually better. The Devil Wears Prada had an awesome ending in the book and a let down ending in the Movie. I was so glad I had read the book! YaYa was the same!
sarahhoerst sarahhoerst 10 years
I like to read the book first but usually its just a disappointment-- they seem to always leave out my favorite parts of the books.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I like to read the book first.
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