Friday, May 3, 2013

Movies Or Books?



Would you rather read the book first... or see the movie and then read the book?

Or do you skip the book altogether?  Or do you skip the movie altogether?

I love both.  The book is undoubtedly filled with so many more details and explanations that it is richer by far and more complete than any movie could be.  The book tells you everything, or most of them do. 

The problem is that movies can't possibly contain the details of a book.  So much is left out.  That leaves me wanting more.  You do get to see the characters you have conjured up in your mind but usually they don't match.  You've formed a relationship with these characters in the book.  Then they show up differently.  (Sometimes we do that in real life too.)

If I see the movie first, I have no interest in reading the book because I already know the story and that's the bottom line for me.  If I read the book first, I enjoy the movie but wish they hadn't left out so much.

The Great Gatsby is opening in a few days.  So we can see the movie remake starting May 10 'at theaters everywhere'.  The book has been out since the 1920s so there's a good chance we've already read it.  If not, it's in the library.  The original movie has the young Robert Redford.....but it still doesn't hold a candle to the book.  I expect to thoroughly enjoy the sheer delight a movie brings.  But the only reason I'll know "how it really was" is because I read the book. 

And you?  Book or movie or both?






 

7 comments:

  1. I read a classic book, Les Miserables in Jr High that made no sense to me at all. To me it was miserable. LOL - - Later in life I saw the movie and it all came together. I suppose I had matured since Jr High.

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    1. Les Mis does indeed have some miserable parts. My friend said the movie just made her want to go wash her hands!

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  2. i love both.
    i am like you. i saw the movie harry potter, and then i had absolutely no interest in reading the book.
    i really enjoyed your post.


    have a grat remainder of your weekend~

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    1. Wish I could enjoy the HP movies....so many people do.....but I could never get into them. Thanks.

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  3. I usually read the book before I see the movie. However, lately I seem to be seeing the movies first. I have seen the Pillars of the Earth mini-series but I have yet to read the book. Same with the Hunger Games. Thanks for stopping by my post. I'm a new follower!

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    1. I have gotten so into books on tape I've really gotten lazy about reading! Seems I'm choosing to be entertained with no effort! Thanks.

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  4. I would rather read a book first... but like you, I am into books on tape. My Hubs bought a guy out of all his books on tape from Craigslist ... we had over 1800 of them. We have been selling them because there are doubles.

    Right now we only have about 700 left, can't wait to get rid of them as they take up a lot of space.

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