Sunday, January 4, 2015

Let's Talk:Read The Book Before You See The Movie...Or No?



This is one of those topics that a lot of bloggers like to discuss and that is: is it always necessary to read the book before you see the movie?

My answer: no. Not always.


Among book nerds one of the worst things that we can hear someone utter is the phrase no I haven't read the book but I saw the movie! Because most the time, it's simply not the same thing.


Sometimes though, you have to allow yourself exceptions. Sometimes, you know you wouldn't like the book(maybe you only read YA and it's adult fiction) so then it's really not wrong to see the movie having not read the book and that's true! The things you like to read about might not always coincide with what you like to watch and vice versa.

Sometimes the movie can even inspire you to read the book! I know a lot of time we all get sucked into thinking, through no one's fault, that you have to read the book before watching the movie and it's hard to overcome that; you can feel guilt, like you are betraying your race of fellow book nerds. Or just simply like you are breaking book nerd law... But there is no book nerd law!


This comes after I've seen Hobbit The Battle Of The Five Armies. Now, I haven't read Hobbit or Lord Of The Rings. I had no intention of it when my brother first made me see Hobbit There and Back Again when it first came out, but I fell in love with it. I intended to read the book before seeing part two but never got around to it. Then I had a decision to make; read the book and spoil the last movie for myself? Or see the movie and spoil the book for myself? I chose to see the movie first and have no regrets! Because I loved it and it made me happy and really sad and more than ever I want to read the book now!


Still, this is pretty much the only exception I've allowed myself... Most the time I still force myself to read the book first(like with If I Stay which I haven't seen the movie cause I didn't actually like the book that much), most the time(when it comes to YA) I've already read the book regardless, but still!

Also, I remember how for the longest time when I first got into reading years ago, I didn't want to read Harry Potter because I'd already seen the movies(the first five anyways) and thought the books were boring because I already knew what happened. Sooo...confliction!

Basically, it can be very conflicting! On the one hand, maybe it's something you probably wouldn't like the book of(it's not your favorite genre) so it's not a big deal, right? But, what if you end up loving the movie and then you go to read the book, but it's not quite as good because you already know what happens!

What are your thoughts on this topic? Is it always necessary to read the book first? Have you ever been conflicted about this before? Are there any movies you've seen before reading the book that you regretted?

23 comments:

  1. If it's a book I'm really interested in reading, I will always read it before watching the movie. But some books I'm just not that into reading, although I still want to see the movie version (for example, If I Stay, Fallen, & The Giver). I saw the first Percy Jackson movie long before I read the book, and the movie's still one of my all time favorites, even with all the changes (I probably would've hated it if I read the book first though, like I did with the second one). So I guess it all just depends on the book and my mood for the day.. :)

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    1. Ah, Percy Jackson, yes. I hate both movies, but I've come to realize they are good movies just bad adaptions, had I not read the books I would have loved the movies.
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      I completely agree, if I'm not interested in the book(or with Hobbit if I know it won't change my mind one way or another) then I'm fine seeing the movie first. =)

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  2. I try to always read the book first. I know it is always better than the movie, but I just can't help myself.

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    1. Haha, I completely understand, I'm the same way when it comes to most movies, that's why I haven't seen The Book Theif yet!

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  3. I have almost always read the book before I saw the movie. Usually because it was already a favorite book before it became a movie. There have been a few exceptions, I saw the Mortal Instruments movie before I read the book. And while I liked the movie, I ended up liking the books more.

    I've also had the opposite happen. I absolutely loved the movie Willow and hated the book. Hated the book so much it was a DNF for me.

    Usually, since I know movies tend to change things and skip huge chunks of most books, I try to read the book first if I have time. I won't spoil anything for you, but there's a lot more going on in LOTR and the Hobbit than made it into the movies. You should totally read them!

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    1. Yeah, that's one reason I figured it was okay to watch the movies first, there's so much to that world and everything that reading books after will still be a whole new experience!

      That happened to me with Harry Potter when I finally read them(like five years ago now), I realized they were even better than the movies!

      I've never ended up liking a movie more than a book...I don't think... But it could totally happen with the second Maze Runner movie as I thought the books just went downhill!

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  4. I have seen the first Hobbit movie and the first Lord of the Rings movie, while I haven't read the books and don't plan to read them either. In most cases were I plan to read the book eventually I prefer to read that first as usually the book is better and I don't want to spoil the book by seeing the movie. If I don't plan on reading the book, I don't mind seeing the movie first.

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    1. Yeah, I feel the same way. If I know I'm not going to read the book(like with Gone Girl) then I don't really care, I'm fine going ahead and seeing the movie. Then with Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings, I kind of feel like, there's so much going on in those books and those movies that it doesn't really matter which order you see/read it in. =)

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  5. This is a bit of a thought provoker. I always try and read the books before I see the movie. I've only seen the movie first once, and that was when I watched Fantastic Mr. Fox without realizing it was based on the amazing book by Roald Dahl (which I read as soon as I got my hands on it). I'll just use this as an example; I enjoyed the movie a lot, but it's story line differs A LOT from the book- a new main character is even added. So, I suppose in some cases it's ok to see the movie first, even though I strive for otherwise.

    I get upset when people watch the Percy Jackson movies first and think they're incredible, though, because they are COMPLETELY inaccurate to the books. And Percy Jackson is one of my favorite series of all time, so I am very sensitive when it comes to talks regarding Riordan's books. Same applies to Harry Potter, but those were pretty accurate to the originals. Otherwise, though, I am normally ok, slighly miffed, but ok with seeing the movie first. Great discussion:D

    Claire @ Cover to Cover

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    1. Oh, I'm glad you mentioned Percy Jackson because I feel the same way about that one! The movies are just so off from the books and I just hate it when I hear people saying how good they are cause I'm like, no they're not!

      Basically, this seems to be a very conflicted discussion! Because on the one hand I think it's best to read books first but on the other sometimes I just want to see the movie!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. I can think of 2 occasions where the movie inspired me to read the book...The Fellowship of the Ring and Atonement.

    Many times like with Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Divergent, I picked up the books months/years before the first movie came out. As a result, when I do finally see the movie, I barely remember what happened in the books. I can tell you though, that cat should have been ORANGE the first Hunger Games movie. Black and white, what were they THINKING?!

    Terri M., the Director
    Second Run Reviews

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    1. Haha, I totally agree the cat should have been orange! It's such a small detail too!

      I'm the same way, most the time with YA adaptions I've already read the book so it's not an issue but sometimes I haven't and then I get really conflicted!

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    2. I mention that darn cat a lot when people bring up book adaptations. I'm really passionate about the color of that cat!

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  7. So often I've seen the movie first, because I just know the book is going to be better and that way I can just enjoy it without making comparisons. Also I think I'm going to watch the movie first for Book Thief so I can be prepared for the sad ending. Books are always more emotional! And yeah, some books just aren't my genre, but I'm less picky when it comes to movies.

    I'd read the Hobbit as a kid and I reread it before going to see the movie, but I've never read Lord of the Rings! I love the movies. *hides*

    I actually saw the first Harry Potter movie before reading the books, but then I went and read them. Have you read Harry Potter now? They are SO MUCH better than the movies.

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    1. Oh, that's a really good point! I was literally just saying in comment I was replying to how I would have really loved the Percy Jackson movies if I'd seen them before reading the books! Since the books are almost always better if you see the movie first you can enjoy it without having to compare it to the book constantly!

      With Hobbit, I'd just never thought I'd want to read the book or LOTR because...well they're old and adult books, things I tend to stay away from. And I really really love the movies! I am still going to read the book to but I don't regret seeing the movies first!

      And since I've already seen your other comment I'll just ignore the Harry Potter comment! But yes, the books are way better!

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  8. Well, quite the challenging question you pose! Okay, well. I TRY to read the book, especially if it is a book I have wanted to read. Like, I wanted to read The Giver, so I made sure I read the book first (though I still haven't seen the movie, but that's another issue). But there are some books that I honestly don't care that much about reading, but that seem like they'd make a good movie (like Gone Girl). So I guess if I want to read the book, 95% of the time, I will make sure I read the book first. But if I didn't really care about the book before the movie? Then yeah, I won't bother.

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    1. Haha! Yes, I basically feel the same exact way. Gone Girl is a perfect example, I think I'll eventually watch the movie, but I know it's not a book I would want to read. I was also the same way with The GIVER, but that was also partially because it's my brother's favorite book and he wouldn't let me see the movie without first reading the book! =)

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  9. Hi! Excellent post!

    I must admit I'm a bit weird in that aspect. If I haven't read the book before I'm reluctant to do it after I've watched the movie -most of the time my friends drag me to the movies- unless the movie has really intrigued me. Or if it's a series, I just skip right to the next book instead of reading the first. This happened with Eragon.

    Now, if a movie based on a book I've read comes out, even if I hated it... Man, I just HAVE to see it.

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    1. Haha. I get what you mean, by seeing the movie first it can definitely make me reluctant to read the book!

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  10. I think it's ultimately up to you. If you want to read the book and don't want to be spoiled, then yes, I would read the book before seeing the film. Otherwise, seeing the movie might make you want to read the book anyway. I see a lot of of movies that are based on books I've never read. I might read them someday; I might not. I like seeing movies where I HAVE read the book, but it's not a requirement.

    -Lauren

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    1. Haha, I agree. For me it kind of just depends on the book and movie!

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  11. I think that if it's a book I've been planning to read and I WANT to actually read it, then I will before I see the movie. But if it's a book I don't care about reading, I'll save it for another time and watch the movie first. So yep, it's definitely not mandatory to HAVE to read the book.

    Awesome post Nobody!

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  12. I almost always read the book first, but I agree that there are certain circumstances where I think it's okay to do it the other way around (or maybe not even read the book at all). Most of the time, if I WANT to read the book, then I do that first.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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