I’ve been wondering lately . . . I usually read the book before I see the movie. But should I change that habit?
I mean, when I read a book, everything is formed in my imagination, and so when I see the movie and things don’t match up, I get upset. Irrational, perhaps, but it happens to a lot of us. However, because I love movies as well as books, I really would like to be able to appreciate both a book and its movie adaptation, even if it isn’t a particularly good adaptation.
How might I do this?
Well, I’m starting to think that maybe I ought to start watching film adaptations of books first. That way, I won’t find anything to nitpick about the movie (at least in terms of adaptation) when I watch it for the first time. Then, when I read the book, I can get the whole story and recreate it in my head, while still being able to appreciate the movie because I saw it first.
I have done this a couple of times already. To pick one example, I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy many times before I finally read the books, and I now appreciate both versions of the story. Maybe it’ll work again.
What do you guys think? Yay or nay?