Monday, August 17, 2009

Musing Mondays - Movies

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about movies …

How do you react to movies made of your favourite books (or even not-so-favourite books)? Do you look forward to seeing them, or avoid them? Do you like to have read the book before seeing the movie?

It depends...more often than not, I prefer the book better than the movies. I usually like to read the books first. Although, I guess it doesn't really matter since very often they change the movies so much they are unrecognizable.

In the past couple of years, I read P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern before seeing the movie. I thought the book was better.

Recently I've seen The Reader and Twilight movies, but haven't read either book yet. So, we'll see how I feel about those since both books are in my TBR.

I did read Nights of Rodanthe in the past few months, but I haven't seen the movie yet. I do want to. The same with Confessions of a Shopaholic. I read the book and now want to see the movie.

Overall, I think books can tell so much more about the story than a movie. There's more time in a book to explore the characters' thought processes than a movie can. There have also been times when I finish a book and think "Wouldn't that be a great movie?"

Do you read books then see the movie or vice versa?

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  1. I'm with you, the book usually is better than the movie. Sometimes however, a book/movie comes along that is so different - have you read Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause? or seen the movie of the same title? The ONLY thing that they kept from that book when they made the movie were the character's names - the movie is a COMPLETELY different setting, story, and everything, than the book. I really like the book, but I wonder why they changed it when they made the movie...

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  2. I agree with you too:) And I've heard that most of the time, the book is better than the movie :)

  3. I have seen P.S. I Love You but not read the book. It is on my neverending TBR.

    I have been dying to see The Reader. I love Kate Winslet. I also was the see her other movie that came out this year but the title escapes me.

  4. More often than not, I prefer to read the book before seeing the movie, but there are some books that I really have no interest in reading but want to see the movie. Sometimes, seeing a movie gets me interested in reading the book.

  5. Susan - No, I haven't seen or read that one yet.

    Judys424 - Absolutely!

    bibliophile23 - Do you mean Revolutionary Road? I'm dying to see that one and I have the book to read.

    Wendy - That's true...there are some movies I want to see but have no interest in reading.

  6. I always like the book better as well.

  7. I definitely try to read the book first. Right now I'm trying ot fit in Shutter Island before that comes out.
    Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Ohhh...I so agree with you about PS I Love You--the book was 100% better! AS is the case with most book to movie jumps.


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