Question of the day

movie-mockingbirdWould you rather read the book or see the movie? 

Any movie, not this one in particular.

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15 Responses to Question of the day

  1. javajunkee says:

    I’m pretty much a movie person ..and it pretty much has to wait till it comes out on DVD so everybody has already ruined it for me by the time I see it 🙂

    I am still trying to read the twilight books. I do like them but I just can’t sit for too long and read. I don’t know why. I can read blogs for hours into days but a book..nope can’t do it.

  2. javaqueen says:

    I am a movie whore. I love to watch movies. Funny thing is, I can watch an entire movie and forget what it was all about a week later. I cannot remember which ones I’ve seen and which ones I haven’t. I can never seem to find the time to read anymore….

  3. Doraz says:

    With me, it depends on what mood I am in. If I want instant gratification…a movie. If I just really want to relax, no schedule, the book!

  4. shane says:

    Movie!! I don’t even remember the last book I read.

  5. megan says:

    9 times out of 10 I would rather read the book. In most cases, the book is too long to fit into a 2-hour movie, so large chunks of the plot and much of the subtlety is left out.

    I’ve only seen a handful of movies that can stand proudly next to the books from which they were made:
    – To Kill A Mockingbird
    – The Shawshank Redemption
    – Pride and Prejudice (not the new one, but the A&E 6-hour long miniseries version)

  6. Laura (LS) says:

    In general, the book is SO much better than the movie, simply because you have an unlimited number of pages in which to describe a situation, carry a conversation, paint that picture. In fact, if the book is good enough, the movie isn’t needed, because it’s already taking place in your head. I always get nervous when I hear that a favorite book (HP series, DaVinci Code) is being turned into a movie.

    That said, I’ve been happy with a lot of movies made from favorite books. The Harry Potter series comes to mind here. Those books are bursting at the binding with imagery, multiple story lines, just everything, and the screenwriters have done a mostly good job of boiling them down to the 2- or 3-hour movies. They’ve had to remove a LOT of stuff, even a character here and there, but they’ve managed to maintain the integrity of the series.

    The only time this has been disproven for me is with the movie/book “Sahara” – the movie was a fun adventure with Matthew McConnaughy. The stuff that happened in it was COMPLETELY impossible, totally far-fetched, and yet the movie was a blast. I loved it so much that I bought it, and the book by Clive Cussler. And I hated the book. Ok, I didn’t *hate* it, but it was so different from the movie that they were completely different story lines! Neither resembled the other, save for the main characters, and a few scenes.

    I’m sure you were looking for a dissertation, rather than a one-line answer, and I’m always happy to accommodate…

  7. Morocco says:

    Read first, movie later in order to compare and contrast. I like to see how and if they bring the book to life.

  8. Sue says:

    It depends on my mood too. The books are always better, but sometimes I don’t want to read the book!

  9. Joy says:

    I’d much rather read the book. If a movie is coming out that I think I may want to see, I’ll read the book before the movie. I agree with Laura that if the book is good enough, you don’t need the movie because you’ve already played it out in your head. It is nice to see the movie just to see how close you were in the author’s imagination of things.

    Stephen King movies ALWAYS disappoint me because they are so far off the wall and the trying hard to be scary just doesn’t work for me and they always change to much and most of the time they change the “whys and hows of the basic plot.” But I have all his books and love them. Nicholas Sparks is another one who’s movies are way lacking compared to the book. I can see that some things need to be added or removed but I can’t stand when the basic “why” of a book is gone.

    I agree with Megan, To Kill A Mockingbird was as close as you can get to the book. Those movies really satisfy me. Gone With The Wind was also very close plot wise to the book but I guess is you make the movie 17 million hours, you can make them equal.

  10. starlaschat says:

    Book I think it often has the original vision or original idea. Seeing the Movie is like watching a movie sequel it’s usually not as good. I do like watching Movies but I would rather not see a movie that I have read the book first because it usually leaves me disappointed.

  11. Just a Mom says:

    I am not a reader so I watch the movie.

  12. nikki says:

    Movie, it’s hard for me to get through a book.

  13. Gary says:

    I’m like Luisa on this one. If time is not important and I just want to kick back and relax I will pick up a good book. If I want a quick burst of entertainment, I will watch the movie. 😀

  14. joanharvest says:

    Read the book!! I wouldn’t want watching the movie first to ruin the ending for me when I read the book.

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