Post # 1
What do you usually do? Read first or watch first?
I read first…but I’m having an issue with the upcoming movie, The Spectacular Now. I heard the movie is going to be great and a must-see and I’ll definitely go see it but I haven’t read the book yet. I’ve got it on my Kindle but I heard the book is quite depressing and I’ve been in a mini-depression recently so I don’t want to make myself feel worse.
Anyone read the book? How sad/depressing is it?
Post # 3
@cooperlove: ALWAYS read the book first, the book is always more detailed and i enjoy picturing the characters for myself in my head and then seeing how Hollywood has decided they should look.
i haven’t read that book, unfortunately! if you’re worried it will be too sad, definitely go for the kindle version first.
Post # 4
I always read the book first. If I have already seen the movie, I can’t read the book and don’t even bother trying.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
I always read the book first. It’s always way better. The only problem is that then I usually don’t think the movies does it justice so I end up dissapointed.
Post # 6
@cooperlove: I always read the book first. In fact, if I really love a book, I refuse to watch the movie. They always ruin it for me. It looks so much better in my mind’s eye.
Post # 7
For the most part I always read the book first. The only exception was Harry Potter. I started watching the movies before I read the books, and then I didn’t want to start reading the books in the middle of the series. I wanted the movies to be great, and I didn’t want them to take a backseat to the book. This is the only series where I am happy with the movies and books, so I’m glad I did it that way.
Post # 8
I always read the book first. Usually one already read the book by the time the movie comes out anyways 🙂 but if I haven’t and it’s a movie I want to see I always read the book first. But I do agree with other PPs that the movie usually doesn’t do the book justice. Most of the time I end up hating the movie but everyone around me who didn’t read the book loved it.
I haven’t read the book your talking about though. I’ll have to look up the preview!
Post # 9
The only exception for me was Twilight. My sister dragged me to the first one and I loved it (I know I know) so I went home and read all the books right away.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
No option for a little of both? If a movie comes out based on a book I’ve never heard of, I don’t rush out and read the book first (If I like the movie, sometimes I’ll go check out the book). But there are also a lot of books I’ve read that have turned / are turning into movies. If I hear a book is good, I read it. If I hear a movie is good, I watch it. Neither depends on the other to me, they’re separate entertainment categories.
Post # 11
If I know there is a book, I try to read it before watching the movie. And I agree with MrsPanda99. If I love the book it will stop me from seeing the movie. I’ve only ever seen one movie that was better than the book and that was Carrie.
Post # 12
It depends. I work in publishing and frankly don’t have time to read books outside of work, as sad as that may be sometimes, other than when I’m on vacation (rarely). So I TRY to read the book first, I PREFER to do so, but a lot of the time it just isn’t possible, and it’s so much quicker to watch a movie and then if it was a good movie, I’ll then make sure to make time for the book, and will then read any sequels before the next movie comes out the next time around. But in general, I have stacks and stacks (and files and files on my Kindle) of “pleasure reading” that I never get around to UNTIL a movie is coming out. Then I scramble to read it pre-movie if I can, but I often can’t, sigh.
Post # 13
Ps depiste working in publishing, I am very much not one of those people who constantly complains that the book was better. I love movies and often find they portray books perfectly. I just like to read the book first because it’s magical to see what you imagined in your head coming to life on the screen, and if you see the movie first, your imagination of characters and places is tainted by what you’ve already seen.
Post # 14
I usually read the book first. Sometimes though I will watch the movie/tv show and love it, so then I will go read the books, this happened with Game of Thrones.
Post # 15
If I know about the book, I’ll read it first. With Hunger Games I’d never even heard of it until I saw the movie, so I read the books after. But Harry Potter… I’d read those books many times already when the movies started coming out. And I’ve read all the GoT books so I know what’s going to happen every season.
Post # 16
I am an avid reader. I began at 3 and never stopped. I average 3-4 books a week if the book interests me. I prefer to see the movie first. Because odds are high I’ll read the book and I HATE reading a book and spending the entire movie going “that’s not right, they changed that, she’s supposed to be a brunette” etc. I’d rather see the movie and be surprised and then read how it was supposed to happen.
Mind you, that rarely happens. I have read pretty much all of the book>movies in recent years and though I would PREFER to see the movie first, I usually have already read the book.