What a book!

January 29, 2010

Movie schmovie

Filed under: Uncategorized — mike @ 7:00 am
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I am curious if anyone has a rule about whether they see a movie based on a book before reading the book first. We had that rule for our kids, although the weight of school populism kind of forces it to bend at times. If you have kids, do you enforce that rule? Whether you have kids or not, do you have that rule for yourself? What if it’s a play based on a book? Is that more legit to see before reading?



  1. I can’t even read the book jacket before reading a book. See the movie? NO WAY! I have to read it before I see it, or I don’t read it. I don’t enforce it for the kids yet, but Drew read most of the Harry Potters after watching the first two movies. As for a play … not sure it’s ever come up.

    Comment by jacksheard — January 29, 2010 @ 8:49 am | Reply

  2. Can’t do it. If I see the movie first I don’t read the book. I can’t get into. Plus, 99% of the time the movie ruins the book!

    Comment by marloneus — January 29, 2010 @ 9:04 am | Reply

  3. I don’t have a hard and fast rule myself. It really just depends on the movie/book/TV show. For instance, Harry Potter was definitely book first, then movie. But I watched True Blood which drew me to the Sookie Stackhouse books. So it pretty much just depends on circumstance for both me and my daughter.

    Although I will say that watching a film or TV show first sort of enhances the book for me. And vice versa.

    Comment by Steph — January 29, 2010 @ 9:05 am | Reply

    • My wife got to the Sookie books through the show as well, although by the fifth or sixth book, she finds she prefers the show (although she loves those first four books).

      Comment by Mike Petrucelli — January 29, 2010 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  4. I am with Jack I don’t even read the Jacketcover, I have been known to reread the entire book right before I go to the movie. I will have to reread the last harry potter before the movie comes out. It makes my wife crazy when I tell differences in the book and the Movie.

    Comment by Big Husker — January 29, 2010 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  5. I HAVE to read the book before I go to the movie. That way, I have my own mental picture of Harry Potter, Edward Cullen, and their interactions, which is much more creative than the ones the movies display for us. In fact, my version of Edward sparkling in the sunlight was so much more marvelous!

    Comment by Tracy — January 29, 2010 @ 12:46 pm | Reply

  6. There has only been a few movies I like as much as the book. I loved Little Women with Wiona Rider movie. I loved Bridget Jones #1 almost a much as the book. I always prefer to read the book first.

    Comment by Gina — January 29, 2010 @ 4:45 pm | Reply

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