Do you read the book before the movie or see the movie first?

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Do you read the book before the movie or see the movie first?
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Mon, 06-24-2013 - 4:20pm

If there is a movie out based on a book that you have not read, do you read the book first or see the movie?

There are a couple of them that are out/recently out and I'm torn myself. One being World War Z. (I'm into sci-fi like that, lol.) Would you read the book first?

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I almost always try to read the book before seeing the movie. The most recent exception to this particular rule are the Game of Thrones books. I couldn't keep up reading them as my husband and I watched the first three series in a row. I'm getting caught up now, though! I have until the spring for Season 4.

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 I rarely go see the movie if I've read the book because I find that I tend to not enjoy the movie especially if they change the ending. There are a few exceptions-The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Help and The Narnia books. One of my favorite books is The Power Of One by Bryce Courtenay but the movie was awful. They changed so many things that the book was almost unrecognizable.

 Kathie

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I just read the book. I haven't seen a movie in YEARS. NOw how do I add this to Favorites?
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I love the novel and the audiobook World War Z by Max Brooks. If the movie comes to my neighborhood, I may see it, but I'm not going out of my way to see the movie. The book, audiobook and movie have only the title in common. Because of the movie, there's a new version of the audiobook out, which I recommend.

It's a very unusual mode of storytelling, World War Z. It was never going to be an easy book to make into a movie.

As for other book/ movie combos, I usually read the book first, but I love both books and movies and understand they are very different media.

Julia

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Thanks, everyone!

I usually read the books first, but I get disappointed. I know that they can't possibly fit all of a book into a 2-hour+ movie, but sometimes the movies just really fall flat. (Big exception being the Harry Potter series — I think they did a fantastic job on the movies.)


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beachcomber7 wrote:
I just read the book. I haven't seen a movie in YEARS. NOw how do I add this to Favorites?

Hi beachcomber,

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