Do You Read the Book Before Watching the Movie?? // ft. an age-old discussion, pros vs. cons, and my fave adaptations!!

“I can’t watch the movie until I’ve read the book.”

If I’ve said this once, I’ve said it a thousand trillion times. I feel like this unspoken rule of reading the book before watching the movie has been ingrained in me since the day I first cracked open a book spine…and honestly, do I even agree with it?? Or have I just been brainwashed to accept it as the norm??

Even though this is an age-old statement (well, not age-old, because movies are fairly recent in the grand scheme of things) and may seem like a trivial discussion, I’ve been feeling conflicted about this for a while now and there’s no time better than the present to talk about it.

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In this post, I’m going to be talking about the pros and cons of watching the movie before reading the book and then sharing some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations!

Without further ado, let’s get into the post. 😉

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First, I’m going to start with the pros of reading the book before watching the movie. Like I said, this has been drilled into me from a young age (by who, I don’t know??), so it only seems right to talk about it first.

-You get to visualize the characters for yourself first. I love having my own interpretation of everything first! Reading the book first allows for you to have your own mental image (I sound like a third grade English teacher) before someone else’s mental image ruins yours.

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-The book is more detailed. Going along with the first one, there’s always much more detail, characterization, and background information in books. If you read the book first, then you’ll be prepared and you won’t have to spend the whole movie asking the person next to you questions about what the heck is going on.

-You’ll be being a good little bookworm. For some reason, this feels like the right thing to do, as a bookworm?? It may just be me having these thoughts, but I always feel guilty if I watch a movie without reading the book first.

-You can watch the movie free of panic for what’s to come. Hi, yes, I’m the kind of movie watcher that gets genuinely stressed over….a literal fake scenario. When I’ve read the book first, it means I can watch the movie without getting panicked, since I already know what’s going to happen.

-There’s less chance of spoilers! As a general rule, you’re likely surrounded more by people at school that talk more about movies than about books. It’s the sad truth, my friends. By reading the book first, you can protect yourself from hearing spoilers in your day-to-day life.

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Overall, reading the book before watching the movie is a safe route to take- you have more knowledge going into it, you’re prepared for the ending, and you get to have your own mental image of everything first.

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But there’s another side to the coin, and that is the cons of reading the book before watching the movie!

(Or, you know, this section could also be read through the title “pros to watching the movie before reading the book. But I think I’m just making things too confusing. All right, I’ll stop now. 😉 )

-You might not be able to watch a movie right when it comes out. This has happened to me multiple times, and it’s so sad. I desperately wanted to see Love, Simon when it came out, but I hadn’t read the book…and by the time I did read it, it was out of theaters and now it’s been a year and I still haven’t seen it because DVDs and Redbox are just too complicated okay.

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Yes, yes, I’m very disappointed in myself about this.

-With movies, you get to see what the characters are “supposed” to look like. I’m one of those readers who loves drawing up the characters in my mind without outside influence, but maybe you’d rather see them the way the author imagined them! (Well, provided the author had a hand in casting.) If that’s the case, then it might be better to see the movie first.

-You might feel required to read a book that is actually not interesting at all! I hate to say it, but some books are boring. And some books are better as movies. As readers, we shouldn’t be forced into reading a horribly disastrous book all in the name of being able to watch the movie.

-FOMO, aka Fear of Missing Out. FOMO is real, and if you feel the need to read the book before watching a movie, you’re going to miss out on a lot of discussions with people IRL (and on the blogosphere too) about the newest popular movie!

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At the end of the day, I have to say that I prefer to read the book before I see the movie. However, I definitely acknowledge that there are legitimate pros and cons to each side of the story, and I’m still slightly conflicted??

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I relate to Rachel in this moment. XD

Personally, I see scenarios where it makes sense to see the movie first- like if it’s an obscure book that I have no desire or intention of reading, or if everyone is talking about it and I might as well just hop on the bandwagon.

But at the same time, I truly love learning about characters for the first time through a book because reading is my one true love my favorite thing in the world, and I can connect to characters really well through words.

When I started writing this post, I thought I would side with books before movies all the way, but now I can at least partially see the other side of the story. I think I’ll be less dictator-esque about reading the book first in the future, though it’s likely always going to be my first choice!

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Now I’m going to shoutout some of my favorite book-to-movie adaptations! For all of these, I read the book before seeing the movie because of my innate bookworm.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone honestly speaks for all of the Harry Potter movies. There will always be things I think they should have added or changed (Weasley is our King, Dumbledore said CALMLY, more Sirius), but I really do love all eight of the movies and they are very nearly perfect. (Am I the only one who said “Yaxley. Snape. You are very nearly late” after reading that? Yes? Okay.)

Wonder was incredibly heartwarming, and so was The Book Thief. I watched The Outsiders a long time ago (but recently reread the book) but I still remember thinking they did a really good job with it.

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I genuinely adore the Netflix A Series of Unfortunate Events! I thought it was brilliantly done and it actually goes into more depth than the series did. I also love the TV series style, since it gave so much more opportunity to explore each and every facet of the story.

I’ve only seen the first season of Anne With an E, and though it wasn’t quite as wonderful as the book it’s modeled after (which is only my most favorite book ever), I still thought they did a nice job. I should watch the second season soon…

I can’t even think about Me Before You without tearing up, but it was a lovely movie, and I also loved the 2018 version of A Wrinkle in Time. (Oprah! Reese Witherspoon! Mindy Kaling!!)

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That concludes this long-winded post! I had a lot of fun writing it, and I came to some new realizations about my thoughts on reading the book before the movie, honestly.

I’m looking forward to discussing what all of you think! I feel like this is just a matter of taste and that you’re either strictly one way or another or you’re like me and it really depends on the situation??

I hope you all enjoyed reading and that you’re having a lovely week. ✨

Do you read the book before watching the movie? Why or why not? What are your favorite book-to-movie adaptations, and which ones are you looking forward to? I’d love to chat with you all in the comments.

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P.S. Is anyone else also freaking out over what Taylor Swift is announcing on April 26th?? Because hi, yes, I AM.

Credits for the image I used in my featured image >>> Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

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78 thoughts on “Do You Read the Book Before Watching the Movie?? // ft. an age-old discussion, pros vs. cons, and my fave adaptations!!

  1. Wonder was so well adapted!! And Love, Simon is actually the one book I still haven’t read because I saw the movie first. BUT IT WAS AWESOME AND SO WORTH IT. Plus I saw it with all my friends 😉 Also we have a billboard for the TS announcement IN OUR CITY like 30 minutes from me and while I’m at school, my equally-obsessed cousin is going to see it and hopefully video it for me!!!! She thinks it’ll probably be a single, and the announcement of the album name and release date, but who knows? Sorry for fangirling all over this comment 😂 xxx hope your day is lovely 😊

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    • It really was! I definitely cried during the movie. Aww, I’m so glad you liked Love, Simon- you should really read Simon vs. if you get the chance because it’s one of my most favorite books and is completely adorable.😍AHH, TAYLOR…have you heard her new song?? Is it not amazing??? Hehe, thank you so much for the lovely comment, Rhi! ❤

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  2. I am usually a ‘book before the movie’ person. However, those few instances where I did watch the movie first, I found that I actually enjoyed it better than I normally would. Usually when seeing the movie second I do a lot of “that’s not how I pictured them / they left out this super vital scene / blah blah was too young, so they’ve ruined the sequel for themselves because “. However, when I watch the movie first, I’m rarely disappointed by reading the book afterwards, as it tends to fill in the gaps that the movie left behind, and I’ve nothing to compare them to.
    Movies I watched first (and subsequently loved) are the first and second HP films, Pride and Prejudice (BBC version), The Princess Bride, Dead Poets Society and Trainspotting (tbh I only got halfway through the book of Trainspotting before I DNF’ed it).
    Movies where I read the book first (and subsequently hated the movie) were Inkheart, Twilight, Confessions of a Shopaholic, One for the Money, Bridget Jones’ Diary (all of them, why do I keep watching them?), The Mortal Instruments AND the Shadowhunters TV series, Gulliver’s Travel (the Jack Black one), and TFIOS.
    And then there were movies that I liked, but probably would have liked more if I hadn’t read the book first (or that I just genuinely liked more than the book). Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann version), the Da Vinci Code, the Hunger Games, Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.

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    • Oh, that’s so interesting! I never thought about it in that light, but I can see how reading the book afterward would actually be even more satisfying.🙂
      I also watched The Princess Bride before reading the book, I think because I actually didn’t know there was a book?? I still have yet to read it, although Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies.
      I actually haven’t seen any of the ones you mentioned for reading the book first! (Though I have read the first few Mortal Instruments and TFIOS.) I have, though, read the Hunger Games, but I haven’t seen the movies.
      Thank you for the comment, Meegan! ❤

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  3. This is such a great post! 😀

    I’m totally with you – I don’t know how or why or because of whom it happened (*cough* probablysomeencouragementfrommymomwhenIwasreallyyoung *cough*), but for as long as I can remember, I’ve been Team Book-Before-Movie! I was staunchly in this camp until a few months ago, when my boyfriend who is Team Movie-Before-Book told me a few of his reasons. I’m still not convinced, but I’m sliiiightly more on the fence now!

    I also listened to an awesome radio dramatisation of the book I’m currently reading (posted about it here: https://bit.ly/2viAPPt) and it was actually super fun listening to that first and *then* reading – it kind of feels like I’m going behind-the-scenes now, and getting more details after I know the basic story already.

    I love this topic though, and I definitely want to think more about it! Wonder is SUCH a gorgeous movie. And I really loved The Book Thief movie, as well (although there were a couple things about it that were different to the book that really irked me… buuuut you can’t have everything, I guess 😉 )

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    • Thank you so much, Hannah! ❤

      HAHA, yes, it might also be due to some encouragement from my mom at a young age on my part, too, lol.😂

      Aww, that does sound exciting! Someone else also pointed that out- if you do the movie first, then the book is like you're diving even deeper into the story, which I think is pretty cool.

      Wonder was SO good! What were the parts that were different in The Book Thief? I haven't seen it in a while, and the only thing that comes to mind is that one part with that one character at the end…which, admittedly, was a pretty big thing to change?!

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      • Moms that encourage reading are the best 😂

        It’s true! I just reeeeeally like coming up with my own picture of what a character looks like in my head, and I struggle to do that once I’ve watched a movie or a show 😂 So I think I’ll stick to my normal methods most of the time!

        Aggggh, I think it was mainly that end bit that annoyed me in The Book Thief movie 😂 I was like… the biggest Rudy fan ever but he wasn’t the be-all and end-all for Liesel – that was Papa. So it frustrated me that they changed that. Otherwise I can’t really remember anything and I thought they cast the characters beautifully. Admittedly I also watched it ages ago and I need to rewatch it!!

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  4. Agree, agree, agree 🙂
    I’m very much a book before movie person but I have watched some movies before books. I loved the movie Wonder and got the book from the library but I think I returned it without reading it sooo this summer when I have time that’s on the tbr xD
    HP and The Book Thief are great movie adaptations, although there are certainly a lot of things they missed, and I still like the books for both better, especially The Book Thief.
    Still need to watch A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I loved the books when I read them a few years back! I’ve enjoyed Anne With an E as well, although I think the movies for Anne of Green Gables were much better. <—definitely a great movie adaptation
    Wrinkle in Time was just meh for me, the book was so amazing and bizarre and the movie just didn't get anywhere close to how I imagined it. My friend and I couldn't stop pointing out things that were wrong with the movie 😝I love the book though!
    The Narnia movie adaptations by Disney were pretty good imo
    anywho all that to say that I mostly agree with you 😂

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    • Yay! 😉
      Oh, I hope you get the chance to read Wonder this summer, it really is such a great book, and it has chapters from multiple perspectives, which is something the movie doesn’t have and is really interesting.
      They really are! For sure, I agree they could have been more true to the books. XD
      ASOUE is SO good. I haven’t seen the original Anne movies, but I definitely want to!
      Thank you for the comment, Isabel ❤

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  5. OMG LOVE THIS! I wanted to read After before watching the movie for all the reasons you mentioned here but you’re totally right – sometimes the book can be boring and especially when you’re reading it under pressure just to watch the movie adaption. The movies you listed above I’ve watched without the book oops. I usually read books that don’t have movie adaptions because it’s like a one time my story kind of thing. Idk I’m weird. But love this post and omg so true no one fangirls over books in real life like no this is not the way to go.

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    • Aaah, thank you so much!💓For all the movies I mentioned, I really love the books as well, so if you needed any recommendations, I would check those out. 😉 Oh, that makes so much sense! It’s nice to know that you get to fully imagine the world all for yourself. Thank you again for the kind comment!

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  6. What I’ve noticed personally, I think, is how attached I am to a specific story? Like, if I haven’t read the book or seen the movie and I’m trying to decide between what to do first, I try to think about the logistics behind it all. Am I really going to read the book? It might be on my TBR, but what does that even mean? LOL. And, for the other way around, if it at all seems like I might get attached to the characters in the movie, I try to read the book first.

    When you brought up your favorite adaptions, I felt such a pang in my heart because Wonder is the most heart-warming move ever, and I spent a solid two years of my life completely obsessed with Me Before You. The summer it came out, I even dedicated all of my free time to watching every Sam Claflin movie/tv show (I’m not sure if I should be proud of the fact that I achieved this).

    I also really loved The Series of Unfortunate Events adaption (but I’m pretty sure I only read the first three books). So, I guess in that case, I was fine with watching the tv show before reading the books because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to get to the books anytime soon. Same thing goes for Anne With An E (I’m so very sorry that I haven’t read your favorite book of all time).

    Love this post so, so much!!

    P.S. in response to your P.S. I actually think I’m dying over here, and I will not make it to 4.26. The colors of the images she’s been sharing??? I’m already dead.

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    • That sounds like a great approach! Haha, to be honest, sometimes my TBR doesn’t exactly mean too much anymore, either.

      Wonder was so, so good! It was also just so amazing to see a book I’d loved for so long become a movie and get even more attention from so many more people. Oh my gosh, I love that, haha! I think you should be proud of that fact. XD

      ASOUE was one of the best adaptations I’ve ever seen- they actually gave more information in the movies than in the books?? It was crazy good. Haha, it’s okay!! (But Anne of Green Gables is the best. 😉 )

      Thank you so much, Lauren, I’m so happy you enjoyed it, and this comment was amazing!

      P.S. WE MADE IT. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW SONG???

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      • Exactly! My TBR is great in theory, but I just end up picking up anything and everything that’s not on it.

        I would agree on everything about Wonder! It’s such a feel good film as well, and I’m so, so happy that the book is getting more recognition because of the movie.

        I’ve actually heard that comment before! Also, Neil Patrick Harris is just a fantastic Count Olaf, so I’m not sure that it could’ve went wrong at any point in time.

        Of course! ❤️

        P.S. CAN’T BELIEVE WE MADE IT, HONESTLY. And I am feeling VERY positive about this TS7! Since Red, I didn’t like her first singles upon my first listening, but I liked Me! substantially more than her past singles – it’s SUPER catchy. WHAT DO YOU THINK???

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        • Neil Patrick Harris is AMAZING, he could not have been more perfect for the part. I thought all the actors and actresses were spot on.😍

          WE REALLY DID MAKE IT. I’m feeling the same way! I’ve never not liked one of her singles, but they never end up being my favorite song on the album. The fact that I love Me! so much gives me so much hope for the fantastic album that I know is cominggggg🙌🏼

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  7. I typically try to read the book before watching the movie and I agree I love getting to visualize everything myself first and getting more details (and…isn’t the book always better ;)). But I’m not super uptight and sometimes when a movie comes out and my friends are planning to go see it in theaters together, I’ll see it with them even if I haven’t read the book.

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    • So true!🙌🏼I love getting to see it for myself, too. I think I need to become less uptight about going to see movies that just came out even if I haven’t read the book, haha. Thank you for your comment, Kay! ❤

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  8. I watched HP before reading it lol. Once I read it though, I loved it much more than the movie. But of course, the movie helped me to visualize so much so I was thankful for that. And have you read and watched Percy Jackson????!

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  9. This was really interesting and I do like to read the book before the movie as you can that firsthand experience and get to know the character and the world. And you get to picture them without a influence of the movie too.
    But there are many movie adaptations where I have only watched the movie as I didn’t fancy reading the book so it is a great way to get to see the story and sometimes movies encourage me to read the books. I actually read the harry potter books after the movies but if I could I would pick the book first.
    Harry potter is one of my favourite adaptations (original I know) and Narnia actually. I just watched the me before you film and loved it– so sad though but I have never read the book.
    I am so excited for the six of crows/grisha trilogy adaptation coming to netflix *excited dance*!! 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Sophie!💘I definitely agree, it’s so nice to know all the background before seeing the movie.
      Harry Potter is I think my favorite adaptation, too! They truly did such an amazing job at capturing the magic, I’m still in awe every time I rewatch it. Me Before You…it’s SO sad, I get emotional just thinking about it.
      ME TOO ME TOO ME TOO. I literally cannot wait at all??

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  10. I actually watched the movie before the books on two of my favorite books, but I watched them before I could read.
    And in the case of the Princess Bride I feel like they movie and the book are different and neither is better.

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  11. Well done for putting a new spin on the traditional book vs movie first debate! I really enjoyed reading this. 🙂

    I used to be completely adamant that I would never watch the movie without reading the book first for all the reasons you’ve mentioned, and it got the point a while back where I literally just couldn’t keep up with reading the book before the movie’s release date because there were SO many YA stories being adapted! At that point, I started feeling really frazzled!

    Now, I’m a bit more relaxed about it because my time is so limited these days and I just can’t do ALL THE THINGS. However…. *whispers* I have still had TV series recorded for over a year sitting on my TV box because I physically own the book and therefore 100% want to read it first before viewing! *Cough* Discovery of Witches *cough*. 😀

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    • Aww, thank you so much, Becky! This comment made my day.❤️

      I relate to that so much! I think writing this post especially made me realize how over the top I was on not going to see the movie without reading the book, up to the point where I missed out on movies I was really interested in. XD

      Haha, I hope you end up getting around to the book of the show you have recorded someday soon. 😉 At least you will be prepared once you read it, then you can watch it straightaway!

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  12. Okay but what is Taylor Swift announcing???????
    Sorry. That was completely out of topic right here ahah. I love this post SO much! This is such a great discussion and I have to say I love all of your points here. I also kind of prefer to get to a book before its movie, especially because I feel like the movie somehow “ruins” my vision of things, of the characters, the setting and so on. When I read the book first, I get to experience it and imagine it whole, while when I see the movie first, well… my reading experience is forever changed by that ahah. I do love the Harry Potter movie adaptations SO much, they’re so good 😀

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    • Well, I’m very late to replying to all of these comments, SO NOW WE KNOW…what are your thoughts?! I’m in love with her new song and I can’t wait for the new era.😍
      Ahh, thank you so so much, Marie! ❤ Okay, yes, it also sort of ruins my vision of the book to watch the movie first. It's like a point of no return, after you watch the movie you can never unsee everything and what all the characters look like. XD Aww, yes, Harry Potter forever!

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  13. Ok, I loved this post, but the thing that was popping into my head since the moment I started reading this was To All the Boys. For me, I was glad that I watched the movie before reading the book! I didn’t like the book as much, and it was actually kind of (dare I say? O_O) a disappointment having come from watching the movie. But yes, I still do prefer reading the books first! And who knows, maybe it is just ingrained into our minds, but I’m certainly not complaining 😉

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    • Thank you, Cat!💓Aah, really? For me, it was the other way around- I watched the movie second and liked the book better. XD (I do have to say that the third book in the series is my favorite, though.) Haha, it really is ingrained in us!!

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  14. For me it depends. If I didn’t really like the book, sometimes I might think, “The movie may not be all that good either.” However, sometimes I still might give the movie a try. It really all depends! It is really fun to read the book first because than you can create your own image of how scenes are and what the characters will be like. — My favorite book-to-movie adaptions include: The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, & Bridge to Terabithia (I haven’t read the book yet, but I really enjoyed the Disney movie. I plan on reading it over the summer, though 😀).

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    • Such a good point! I agree for sure.🤗I love getting to make my own mental image of everything first, too. Anne of Green Gables is my favorite book! I’ve only seen the TV show though, not the original movie, though I want to. Ohh, Bridge to Terabithia- such a good book, but so sad, too. Thank you for your comment! ❤

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  15. I always get a little disappointed with the film adaptations. I read We need to Talk About Kevin and remember being a but underwhelmed with the film, even though it was still good I just don’t get that same tension with films. Although films being released have opened my eyes to the books existing so in a round about way I’m thankful for them. Great post

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    • It definitely can be underwhelming to watch a film after loving the book and then just feeling disappointed with how it turned out…but I agree, I’ve been introduced to a lot of great books because of movies! Thank you so much, and thank you for the comment. 🙂

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  16. You know, I never really stop to think about it, to be honest XD Its whichever I get to first. However, one thing I don’t like about seeing the movie first is that the face, voice, and the way they speak/act is stuck in your mind, and it can be strange then to try to read the book if they are described differently – like for example, Eragon, I watched the movie first, so when I finally got around to the books – I already had a mental image of what Brom looked like, buuut, apparently, according to the book, he looked different than he was portrayed in the movie – and that just sorta threw me off.

    AND DID YOU SAY THE SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS?!?!?!?!!!!
    I.LOVE. THAT. SHOW. My WHOLE family loves that show! (We’ve seriously watched it a kazillion times over) – its SO GOOOOOOOOD.

    (…ahem…I’ll…be quiet now XD )

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    • Haha, well, that is a good way to go about it. 😉 So true, if you watch the movie then the image of all the characters is already made for you. Aah, Eragon- I feel like that’s one of those books that I have seen so many times that I feel like I’ve read it, but I know I haven’t.

      YES I DID. IT IS SERIOUSLY THE BEST EVER. I love that you watch it with your family! It’s just, wow, amazing. XD

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  17. Olivia!!! This comment isn’t about this post but I just saw Taylor Swift’s music video for ME! and immediately thought about you saying she was dropping new songs and ahhh!!!! Wow I’m interested in what her album is like after that song.

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  18. I think that I usually read the book before the movie, but I’m okay with doing it the other way around.
    Haha, that’s a funny gif of Rachel!
    Ohh, I heard The Outsiders adaption was really good at school (because it was on a reading list in eighth grade and people wanted to watch it to suplement? their reading), but I’ve never watched it. I think that the movie adaption of To Kill a Mockingbird got Scout and Atticus exactly how I pictured them in my head. Ahh, I feel like there was a movie adaption I saw that I actually thought was better than the book-oh! It’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Okay, I haven’t fully read the book, but I’ve read parts of it, and I like the characters better in the movie. I never watched Wonder either!
    Yea, I like seeing how they cast actors as characters. When I read, I actually don’t have a clear picture in my head of what everybody looks like. The best way I can describe it is a fuzzy concept of more of what they’re on the inside than physical characterisitics. Okay, let me try again. In my head, characters feel more like feelings than images. I tried to tell this to some of my friends who read, and they were like what???
    I do that too-realizing what I think while writing about what I think!
    Some book-to-movie adaptations that I’m looking forward to watching are ones that I saw in Meeghan’s comment- The Pride and Prejudice BBC adaption and The Princess Bride.
    Also, I just saw your P.S.!!!

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    • That is a perfect way to put it- basically my entire post summed up into one succinct sentence.😂
      Oh, cool! I read The Outsiders for school in seventh grade and that’s when we watched the movie. I haven’t seen or read To Kill a Mockingbird, which is sad. I’ll make that a goal this summer because I know my sister owns the book… I actually liked the TATBILB book better than the movie, but maybe that’s because I read it way before I ever watched the movie or even had expectations of there being a movie.
      Whoa, I love what you said about the characters being more of feelings than images. I RELATE. I can see them, but it’s more like I’m seeing their essence.
      I can’t wait for you to The Princess Bride because it’s just so good. XD I also can’t wait to watch Pride and Prejudice too, because it seems like a crime that I haven’t seen it yet.
      Ahhhh!!

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  19. I’ll be honest: I hardly ever read the book before watching the movie. Unless it’s a very hyped book that then gets turned into a movie, but if the movie is already out, then I’ll probably just watch it already, hahah. As much as I love the feeling of watching a book adaptation on screen – it’s just so nice knowing what will happen next, seeing your favorite characters come out alive, probably cry over the soundtrack? or is it just me? -, sometimes, I am just not that interested in the book to begin with and I feel like the movie will be a better and shorter experience. I mean, it only takes me two hours to watch a movie, whereas I’ll probably take two weeks to finish a book, so I’d rather take the shorter route.
    I do agree completely with Wonder & The Outsiders. They’re some of my favorite book adaptations too! (Especially Wonder, because I cry everytime I watch it, and I’ve watched it a lot). I also loved the adaptation for Every Day, by David Levithan, and found the movie to be 10x better than the book!

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    • That makes sense! The movie is usually a much shorter experience, you’re right- and then if you really loved it you can always decide to then move on to the longer experience and read the book. ☺️ Haha, you’re not the only one who cries over movie soundtracks! I love seeing what songs the producers pick to represent a book I love. The whole Harry Potter soundtrack is so magical and gives me the best vibes!
      Wonder is SO good- wow, I just loved it so much. I need to rewatch it because it’s been quite a while now! I haven’t heard of Every Day- I’ll have to look it up.
      Thank you for your comment, Lais! ❤

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  20. 9/10 if I haven’t already read the book and the movie is coming out, I’ll wait until after I’ve seen the movie before picking up the book. I’ll even purposely not pick up a book until after the adaptation is made, no matter how far away it is just so I can read it after the movie…. Which sometimes feels like blasphemy in the book community but I have reasons!!!
    Well a reason but its a really good one! well it was… I’m not so sure it is anymore.

    It’s been known for years in the book world that the adaptation rarely is as good as the book. So I’ve always tried to watch the adaptation before reading the book because it meant that I could appreciate each for what they were. I’m more likely to enjoy the film because I don’t know what I’m missing, and then when I read the book I get to enjoy it that much more because it had what was missing in the film without me knowing any better. Does that make sense?

    But lately, we’ve had some really brilliant adaptations in my opinion that make me not so sure its the right way anymore. I know! SHOCK! A book worm thinks adaptations are becoming better than the books they were adapted from. Now I’m a little behind on reading some of the books I watched adaptations for so I’m not 100% saying adaptions are better, but I’ve seen some really great movies and shows that happen to be adaptations that may give the books a run for their money.

    I feel like its less becoming the adaptations are they’re own, not as good, beast so that non-readers have access to great stories/the film industry wanting to profit off readers and let us down, and more that the adaptation is a story of its own right and deserves as much love and respect as the book it was based on.

    Also you really need to watch Love, Simon. It was great, and though I can’t say if it was better than the book (One of those ones I haven’t gotten around to reading) I LOVED the movie, i cried. I would have sobbed if it weren’t for the fact we were in a packed theatre.

    Thank you for this post Olivia! I think it’s made me realise that I have more semi-formed opinions on this subject than I thought I did and it’s inspired me to think about writing my own post on the subject!

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    • Wow, I really loved reading your thoughts on this! I feel enlightened after hearing your reasoning, haha. That makes so much sense- you’re setting yourself up to enjoy the book so much more, instead of setting yourself up to enjoy the movie so much less.

      There are some amazing adaptations out there! It’s hard to admit it when you’re a bookworm, but it definitely is the truth. 😉

      I love what you said about the adaptations becoming their own entity separate from the book. As a reader, it’s hard to separate the two, but this comment got me thinking about how important that is- after all, the adaptation never claimed that it was going to be exactly like the book at all.

      I can’t wait to watch Love, Simon! It looks SO GOOD. I’m glad you loved it, too. Thank YOU so much for the lovely comment! I’m happy you enjoyed my post and I loved reading your thoughts on the topic. ❤

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  21. I definitely like to read the book first! But I don’t watch very many movies, and the majority of the ones I do are book to movie adaptations. Most adaptations are of popular books that I’ve already read, like TFIOS, Dumplin, Me Before You. But with Crazy Rich Asians, the movie made me read the book sooner! I wanted to read the book before the movie, and I planned to see the movie with Chana when it came out, so that gave me a deadline of when I needed to read the book by!

    I think I’m not generally interested in a movie if I wasn’t interested in the book. The only exception to this rule might be sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before. I didn’t like the book and I didn’t continue on with the book series, but the first movie was cute enough that I’d watch the second movie.

    Great post!

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    • Honestly, same here! Ooh, I still want to see TFIOS and Dumplin- though I haven’t read Dumplin, but this is a case where I don’t necessarily feel a strong pull to read the book before the movie, haha.

      The sequel to TATBILB…was not the best. I liked it enough to get through it and move on to the next book (which, in my opinion, was the best one of the series!) but I can understand not being able to get through it. I’m apprenhensive for the second movie just because I wasn’t a fan of the second book’s plot and, well, I kind of just want them to skip over it and go on to the third book.🙈

      Thank you so much, Malka!

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  22. I like reading the book before the movie because I like to see how the movie adapts the source material. I also think it can be helpful because some films are a bit confusing if you’re not familiar with the book–though I’m not really motivated by that to read the book first.

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  23. Ooh this was a super interesting post! Coincidentally, I am in the middle of writing a post of my favorite adaptations, so this was especially interesting for me considering that. I also really liked the Series of Unfortunate Events show! But I too still have to finish it, ahh. I usually read the book first, but sometimes I make an exception. Also, side note, the ‘sounding like a third grade English teacher’ thing is so funny to me because I can totally picture my second grade teacher talking about making a ‘mental movie’ when we were reading, haha.

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  24. It’s really cool that you are able to recognise both sides of this! I find it really hard to keep up to date, because I will finally get to reading it, and by chance the day I finish reading is the last day the movie is in theatres. Go figure XD

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  25. first of all, YES. I agree with you on all the points you mentioned. Though, is it just me, or is it when you read a book, you often have this “TV” thing in your head and you can see what’s going on while you read?? Anyways, hi well yes we’d love to be good smol bookworms, cozying up with a cup of tea whilst we read. Ahh, sometimes I find myself screaming at the TV… especially when I know something’s about to happen and I scream at the character to “stop, don’t do that!!”. I’ve been planning to go watch The Sun is also a Star ever since I saw the trailer, but most likely I won’t for at least a few months from now…
    “I’m very disappointed in myself about this” me with adaptions? yes. such a big mood.
    oh yes, I think I forgot to mention that I finally watched friends, and thank you for the recommendation 😭i think we all love rachel, who is also now my child (along with the 50185 others I’ve taken in from mostly books) Anyways, love love love this discussion (as always, of course) – this brought a smile to my face :)) Ughh I’m so sorry for not commenting on your posts for awhile now *cries* I’m so glad that I have a bit more time now, your posts always makes my day <33

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    • Yes, I have the “TV” thing in my head, too! Mental movies are honestly the best ever. 😉 Haha, I sometimes yell at movies too when I know what’s going to happen because I just need to warn my smol precious characters nOT to do *fill in the blank.* I want to see The Sun is Also a Star, too! I read the book last year and it was good.
      HAHAHAH.
      Oh my gosh, that makes me SO happy to hear! Friends is just such a funny and heartwarming show.😍I love Rachel (“I’m going to get one of those job things”) too hehehe. Thank you so so much for the kind comment, Kimberly! Please don’t apologize, I completely understand and I’ve also been so inactive lately. You always brighten my day! ❤

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