First off: is anyone else obsessed with Hamilton? Because I just started listening and am hooked. I have joined the revolution…
Anyway, it’s Sunday which means DISCUSSION SUNDAY brought to you by yours truly. Discussion Sunday is a Sunday in which I decide to… well… discuss with you lovely people.
I feel like it depends on the person, but I always like to read books before I go to see movies. There is something about knowing all the secrets of the world and characters and actually understanding them that adds to the entire experience. I feel like I get so much more out of reading the book first because I know what is going to happen.
My dad always says that I am really critical of movies and “wouldn’t it be better just to see them first,” but the thing is that is a part of the fun. It is a lot of fun to be able to compare movies and books and to really pick out the favorite parts of each.
The few times I have seen a movie first, it has generally not been as rich of an experience.
- It takes away some of my creativity and decisions while reading. I don’t get to imagine the characters and what they do how I want, but instead imagine it the way the director of the movie decided to.
- It spoils the book. Movies are generally more basic than books and so it makes it to where I know the general plot and ending and have gotten a taste of the characters. This spoils the fun of discovering everything.
- I subconsciously am looking for everything that happened in the movie to happen in the book and may end up missing parts.
- I realize how much they left out of the movie and realize after I finish the book that I need to see the movie again (which isn’t necessarily bad, but everything is just easier and more rich when I read the book before seeing the movie.)
Generally books are better, but there have been a few movies that have been better than their book.
movies that were better than the book
movies that were nothing like the book
Let’s discuss: What do you think? Would you rather read the book or see the movie first? Do they influence each other? Please discuss, argue (in a respectful manner), or agree with me in whatever way you would like. This is a discussion after all, so I would love to hear your opinions on the matter. (Also, do you like my new Discussion Sunday graphic?)