Years ago I learned that if I read a book first and then see the movie, I spent the whole movie thinking, “Well, that’s not right” as the director’s vision differed from what was in my head. During my freshman year of college, I discovered that if I watch the movie before reading the book, I was able to enjoy the movie for what it was. Reading the book afterwards enhances the experience.
One of the comments I had to my Weird Sisters review – who am I kidding? The ONLY comment on the review – was from Barb at The Empty Nest Mom . She mentioned how she had tried that book, returned it, but was going back for a second attempt.
I have definitely had that happen to me before. Initially I give a book 50 pages to catch my interest before casting it aside. Well, as it turns out some books need more than that, notably Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Or at least so everyone kept telling me.
Well, I decided to watch the movie first, thinking that would give me a running start into the book. I called a friend that I know had seen both versions of the movie and asked which one he recommended. He said that the European movie followed the story much more closely, and that the American version was much more … American – skipping the slow parts and adding in more action. Since I already found the book unbelievably slow, I went for the fast American movie.
It was okay. Just okay. I did try the book again, this time on tape. I didn’t even make it as far as I had before. I don’t think this series was meant for me. I refuse to force myself when it is for “fun”!
My next few movies based on books are ones that I have already read. It’s not my fault! I read (and loved!!!!) Great Expectations as a freshman in high school. I also want to see what Walter Salles does with On the Road. I read that book as part of a book club, and I hated it! I found myself constantly wishing that the main character would grow up. Maybe on the big screen it will be better.
Which comes first for you – the movie or the book?