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Reading Books Before Seeing Movies

Would You Rather Read the Book Before Seeing the Movie?

Forget Jane Austen, I'd choose a Brontë sister any day. And I'd choose Jane Eyre over Wuthering Heights every time. Jane Eyre has everything I want in a classic: an orphan, boarding school, a governess job at an empty Gothic mansion, stormy English weather, a crazy lady in the attic — and forbidden love.

Not only have I read it, but I am rereading before the movie. As much as we complain about spoilers, reading a book before seeing its movie seems more satisfying. Or, it can be more frustrating, depending on how well it's adapted. Regardless of whether you succeed or fail at your reading attempts, would you rather read the book before seeing the movie?

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HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 6 years
Postmodernsleaze, please read the books. The movies, in comparison, are seriously lacking. I have to read the book first. So much is often cut from the books in movie adaptations that a piece of the soul is gone. Besides many of the film adaptations are terrible, leaving the non-readers clueless.
Burkina Burkina 6 years
A lot of books I've read have been made into movies. I prefere to watch the movie first if it is already out and I haven't read the book. Everyone knows that if you read a book and like it you will complain about the movie to death.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I prefer the movies. They are so much faster than reading through a book. Although I also read daily, I just prefer to read things that aren't movies.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'd like to know the original story before it's interpreted on film, but I don't often go out of my way to read the book if the movie is already out. I don't see many of the books I read being made into movies.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
I've been reading a lot of books before they turn movies if it's an uber popular book (e.g. Water for Elephants, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), but I have to admit that it takes away from the movie. I think I would have been more engaged in Never Let Me Go if I hadn't recently finished reading the novel. It's almost impossible not to draw comparisons and the story often less exciting since you know where it's going.
Ac2366 Ac2366 6 years
I can go either way on this one. I love comparing the book to the movie and the movie to the book. The book is almost always better. Sometimes when I see a really good movie I check to see if it was a book first so I can read it and really get into the whole story.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I have rarely seen a movie based on a book where the movie lived up to the book. For me, if I love a book, it's impossible for me to watch the movie without thinking about the book and comparing the two.
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I like to see the screen adaptations. Reading is so amazing for the imagination, seeing the movie gives you another look at the book. Sometimes the movies ruin the book though (Running With Scissors... Horrendous movie.)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I like to read the book before seeing the movie, but in some cases I haven't (like the Stieg Larsson series-- saw the movies and LOVED them, but haven't read the books). I try really hard not to compare a book to its movie counterpart, but it's hard not to. I took a film class once and the professor said that all the book lovers need to realize that books and movies are two completely different things and should not be compared to one another, and to critique the movie as its own entity. Haha. I still can't get myself to do that. I'm already putting my two cents in on Water for Elephants because they didn't make Robert Pattinson a redhead for his role as the main character!
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