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Do you read books before seeing movies?

January 9, 2014

FROM BUZZFEED. Click the picture and it will take you to the article.


I’m a big believer in NOT reading a book before seeing the movie version if I can help it. My feeling is that if I read and love a book there is no way I won’t be disappointed in the movie, whereas if I read the book after seeing the movie, it’s like the best ever bonus features. Instead of being bothered by what was left out, I’m excited by more story. And I’m never thrown by the character descriptions because I’ve already been given them in movie form. They already exist in my brain. Harry Potter, for example, has never looked in my mind like anyone other than Daniel Radcliffe. Make sense?

As for this list, the only book I’ve read is “Wild”. And I totally, completely, head over heels fell in love with it. On the one hand, I want to support it. I like that Cheryl Strayed loves Reese Witherspoon playing her and I love how involved she has been with the production. On the other hand, Reese Witherspoon is 37- more than a decade older than Strayed was when she hiked the PCT. I have a hard time seeing how that won’t affect the story…

What do you think?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Ginger permalink
    January 11, 2014 1:15 pm

    I generally agree that it’s a rare thing for a movie to be able to live up to it’s book counterpart. But…….there have been a few exceptions. Julie and Julia. I was so excited about the book and then disappointed when I finished it. But I LOVED the movie! But again, I think that’s a rare occurence.

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