Books vs. Movies…
Earlier this week, when I was at the doctor’s office, I was making small talk and mentioned I review books. This got the technician talking about how she loved the Harry Potter series, Twilight series, and The Host by Stephenie Meyer. She specifically mentioned those books because of their corresponding movies.
These days, it seems society measures the success of a book and/or series by whether or not it becomes a movie. Some books are known equally for their written word as their visual production. Take for example, the Hunger Games trilogy. The kids in my neighborhood play “hunger games” in the yard (shooting pretend arrows), although only one has even read the books. They are familiar with the hype and production of the films from commercials and word-of-mouth.
I know that comparing books with their cinematic counterparts is an age-old discussion and debate over which is better. For me personally, if I read the book before the movie, I tend to like it better. Conversely, if I see the movie before the book, I tend not to read it or don’t enjoy it as much. I think that’s true for most of us. My one big exception is The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I enjoyed the movies MUCH more than the books!) But there are some books and movies that I enjoy equally. This is true of the Harry Potter series. While if I compare book and movie directly for each title, I will mostly pick the book over the movie (with the exception being HP 5: The Order of the Phoenix). However, on a whole, I find both the written series and the theatrical series both of high calibre and extremely enjoyable.
So I’m not going to debate here whether a book is better than a movie or visa-versa. What I want to know is…
What are your favorite movie adaptations from books you’ve read? Have you watched a movie that caused you to read its written counterpart? Did you enjoy the book after watching the movie? What book/series would you like to see made into a movie?
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