Well, I snatched up a DVD of The Hunger Games the other day and last night, we had a bunch of people over to watch it. Out of the 7 of us, four had read the books beforehand while the other three hadn't. I was kind of curious to see how those who hadn't read the book would react to the movie. All of us who read the books really enjoyed the movie, but of course, we also has a lot of "gap information" from reading the story that kind of filled in the nuisances that the movie just didn't touch on a lot.
Like the details of how deeply Katniss's mother kind of went missing emotionally after her father's death, how Katniss had to step in as provider and how protective she was of her sister and how she transferred some of the protectiveness toward Rue in the games. I just wasn't sure if the more in-depth setup the book provided was conveyed enough in those short movie scenes to grab the attention of a non-reader... Know what I mean?
Well, they all said that they enjoyed the movie on its own, but they were going to read the books now, before the next one was released. As my BIL (who NEVER reads) put it, the movie was good enough to make reading the book more appealing; he borrowed my copy and my sister told me this morning, he read half of it last night! LOL
Now I'm wondering about books to movies... In most cases, do you find a good book is the catalyst that make you want to see the movie or do you find the movie is the thing that causes you to seek out the book?
For me, it's the books that draw me to the movies.