The movie ‘ruined’ the book!
How many times have we heard these words uttered by nearly every book lover and avid reader after coming out of a movie theatre?
I probably would have said it a couple of times myself!
But, let’s be honest here, there are a lot of book-to-movie adaptations that are just outstanding and have got people admitting that the movie was much better than the book.
Not that it’s a competition, mind you!
It isn’t really a question of “ruining” the book. There is just the simple fact that the movie and book are now accessible because of their reliance on each other.
And no matter how big your imagination is, there will always be aspects of the book that your mind just cannot capture.
Take Hogwarts, from the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowlings, for example. Were you really able to envision it as it was in the movies? I know I wasn’t able to.
Watching how the scene unraveled on screen for the first time just left me in awe. I would be lying if I said I didn’t have goosebumps.
What about The Da Vinci Code?
The Hunger Games?
How adorable were Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in The Fault in our Stars?
I’m really just naming a few from the top of my head that I think were good adaptations.
I do make it a rule though, to always read the book before watching the movie, as I love to compare how my mind visualized the details of the characters and the scenery with how the screenwriters depicted all the information gathered from the book. It’s just one of the perks of reading.
But reading aside, watching the movie adaptation is an experience on its own. It’s a good opportunity to share this experience with different people throughout the years.
So, I’m all for adaptations! I’m a big fan of reading the book and watching its movie. I make it a habit to check out what books are coming to the big screen every year to make sure I am able to read it just in time!
Are you a fan of book-to movies? Or do you think books should be left for the enjoyment of readers only?
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Filed on January 12, 2018 on @bloggerheads