What comes first for you? The book or the movie?

What comes first for you – the book or the movie?

Does a book get on your reading radar when a new movie based on it is coming out? Do you then rush out to read it before seeing the movie? Or do you go and see a movie based on having read the book? For me, probably like most of you, it is a mixture of both. I read all The Hunger Games books before going to see the first movie. Likewise, I went to see the film version of Life of Pi because I loved the book so much (the movie was fantastic too!).

“The book is so much better than the movie”

Do you find yourself saying that? I do. Even though I love movies almost as much as I love books, I inevitably always think the book is better. I guess it’s because they can squeeze so much into the novel that they can’t into the movie. Plus, I’m a purist. I’m one of those annoying people who will drive you crazy during a movie by saying, “that didn’t happen in the book!” There are only two exceptions that I can think of: The Lord of the Rings movies were much more entertaining than the book and I loved Gone With The Wind both in book and film version.

Right now I seem to be going through a film tie-in reading phase

I just read:

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

I can’t wait to see the movie!

I’m now reading:

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

I was going to get the DVD and then bought the book at a sale. So I have to read the book first!

See the film. Read the book?

What I don’t usually do is see a movie and then go and read the book. I saw the film Silver Linings Playbook but see no need to read the book. I loved The Hobbit movie but probably won’t ever get around to reading the book. I confess to seeing more than a few Nicholas Sparks movies but have never picked up the corresponding book. And while I loved the film The Help, I never did read the book version – even when it was given to me by my mum. I just don’t go from the film to the book.

 

Is anyone else like this? How do films influence your reading habits?