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Booking Through Thursday, Book the Movie

September 2, 2010

Today, another Book, The Movie, question from Booking Through Thursday:

Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?

I love the way this question is phrased! The answer is yes. I would rather read the book first. It’s a little prim of me. As a Book Person, I want to make sure my allegiances are in order. I do not like book covers made of movie posters, after a book gets a movie deal. Sometimes I even rush to finish the book when I find out the movie’s in theaters, or coming soon.

There are a couple of exceptions. Most notably, Lord of the Rings. Many of my dearest friends despair, but I just can’t get through the books. I got most of the way through the second book! And I just barely got through the movies. Extended editions. I was sat on, I kid you not, to hold me in place to start watching.

Every so often, I don’t realize a movie is based on a book, because the book never crossed my radar, or because they changed the title of the movie… and then I feel quite sheepish when I see “screenplay adapted from Book Title” flash across the screen.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2010 6:36 am

    For period dramas, I do read the books afterwards.

    Here is my BTT: Film to Books post!

  2. September 2, 2010 7:14 am

    That’s a good point about book covers made of movie posters. I don’t like them either.

    Who would sit on you to make you watch a movie? I could see if they wanted you to get a shot of antivenom and save your life… but to watch a movie?


    • September 2, 2010 7:16 am

      For some LoTR fans, I guess there isn’t that a big difference from antivenom? And to be fair he only sat on my legs, and only for the first scene or two. By then I was resigned to my fate. 🙂

  3. September 2, 2010 7:15 am

    If I know the movie is based on a book, I like to read the book first.

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