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Post by Theresam » 16 Oct 2018, 16:31

I always try to read the book first if I can, but it’s not always possible. I enjoy reading more and seeing the movie first takes away from my enjoyment of the book more than reading the book first takes away from the movie.

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Post by Zimall » 18 Oct 2018, 10:20

I would love to read the book first and then watch the movie. It is always interesting when you see the characters out of the book in physical form.

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Post by Sahar Majid » 05 Nov 2018, 23:07

Book first. I absolutely love seeing how they followed the book, or how they decide to change it up when it comes to portraying things visually. Not only that, when reading I get an insight into the character and that's really difficult to do when watching them and so just having that extra insight makes for a fuller experience.

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Post by GretchenLee » 08 Nov 2018, 21:26

Personally, I like to read the book first just to see the comparison. I would rather know how the movie ends, rather than know how the book ends ahead of time, if that makes sense. However, sometimes I happen to see a movie that I wasn't aware was based off of a book until later. In that case, I like to find the book and read it. One of my favorite things to do is compare books to their adaptations.

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Post by therock986 » 11 Nov 2018, 12:21

I would always read the book first and then watch the film. I did this with the Twilight Saga and couldn’t wait to watch the movies after reading the books. Yes it is always different to what you imagine but I love to see the tale again with a different interpretation to how I understand it. Especially good when the actors fit the characters and play them so well.

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Post by nomadmadi » 11 Nov 2018, 14:25

I always try to read the book first, but if I don't get the chance to do it, I simply go ahead and watch the movie... Time is limited after all!

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Post by AMRMullins » 12 Nov 2018, 16:54

The answer to this question is hit-or-miss with me. For example, I'm glad I saw Fight Club before I read it, because the screen interpretation did a far better job of keeping you in the dark about the Narrator than the treatment in the book. I'm glad I saw The Exorcist on film first, because it was far scarier than the book, and had a more satisfying conclusion. I've had very gratifying experiences from seeing something onscreen that moved me, then digging into the related book(s) because I want MORE.

But this can also be a problem. If I’d watched the movie, “The Seeker: The Dark is Rising” before reading Susan Cooper, I probably would have never read those books. I would have never known how they completely tossed out a perfectly usable plot in favor of action sequences and the most rudimentary “chosen one coming of age” tropes possible. I would have never picked up on the richness of the mythology behind the images. This is probably why I also haven’t read “The Astronaut’s Wife.”

However, the much-more-common experience of reading the book first almost always leaves me dissatisfied. In almost all cases, the book is better. After the immersion of experiencing a story in my imagination, with all of its side-notes and development, a movie is never going to deliver everything I’d want. How can it, short of being countless hours long and letting ME pick the cast? (Looking at you, Lord of the Rings…)

I suppose I’m less likely to miss out on a good book if I endeavor to read first and watch afterwards, so that's probably the most logical approach.

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