Read the book OR watch the movie first?
HELLOOOO 2016! Okay, this week (or rather, today), I wanted to discuss about books-to-movies adaptations. Recently, I’ve seen TONS of books going to be a TV series, OR a movie, which I think is greeaaaaat. BUT I also do have my reservations about them. The first book-to-movie adaptation that I actually knew of was the Harry Potter series. I do have to admit this: I was young, and seriously naive, so I actually watched Harry Potter and the Sorceress’ Stone BEFORE reading it. Like I said, I was young. When this movie came out, I was only 7ish? I haven’t even discovered my love for reading. So when my mom brought me to watch the movie, I was suuuper fascinated by everything. The school, the wands, the magic, the fabulous scarves. AND then I realized that the continuation only comes out NEXT YEAR. So, did I suddenly read a book at the ripe age of 7? OF COURSE NOT. My mom hated reading. She abhors them. She only loves it when I read religious books, HAH. So at 7 years old, I couldn’t even READ. And then the next movie came out, and the next, and the next. WHEN DID I FINALLY READ THE BOOKS? When I was 13 years old. By that time, Prisoner of Azkaban was just being released. And my school had a huuuuge library. And I was lonely, with no friends HAHA. So I spent every day at the library, devouring the Harry Potter books one by one. WHICH IS WHEN I REALIZED SOMETHING CRUCIAL.
IT’S DIFFERENT. Well, not really, but I have an eye for detail and I realized that certain scenes happened differently. And that’s when I started judging movies that were adapted from books.
So here’s the question: Do you read the book first, or watch the movie first?
Ever since that day, I actually read the books first. And when I’m not impressed with the story, I would not go to the movies. I saved tons of money too. I do understand that there were scenes that the director had to cut, because they were either too long, or couldn’t be achieved in real life. That part, I understand. I mean, I wouldn’t mind watching 5 hours of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but I’m sure some people would get annoyed. But what I hated was when they changed the dialogue, or the story line, or just added weird unknown scenes. *looks at City of Bones movie and Insurgent* I MEAN, seriously? I get that they want to market it well, but it just isn’t the same.
BUT ANYWAY, that’s why I always read the books first, so that I don’t miss out on cooool details. ALSO, for those non-book lovers, I have an advantage over them HAHAHAH. Did you know that when I watched Divergent, I cried at the ziplining part? I bet you don’t know whyyyyyy. So, let me know your thoughts. Would you rather read the book first? And why? Or would you rather just wait for it to be on the big screen? ALSO, do you get scared when a book is about to be turn into a movie? *coughsThroneofGlasscoughs* BECAUSE I AM. I’M SCARED THEY WILL CHANGE STUFFS AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING UNRECOGNIZABLE.
Let me know your thoughts!