Five Reasons to Read the Book Before You Watch the Movie

In this day and age, almost every popular novel is adapted on the silver screen. While this can be exciting, there’s one indisputable fact among readers: the book is always better. Whether it be screenwriting changes or terrible acting, something about the movie just doesn’t sit well with us. And in the worst case scenarios, the movie taints our fond memories of the book.

But there’s one thing that’s even worse than watching a bad movie based on a book you enjoy: watching a bad movie based on a book you didn’t enjoy. Here are some reasons why you should always read the book before you see the movie

1. Quality



As I mentioned before, book-to-movie adaptions don’t always turn out well. I don’t know exactly why, but movies tend to feel like less authentic, watered-down versions of their books. The magic that makes a novel great simply doesn’t translate to the big screen. Overall, reading is a much more enjoyable experience.

2. Clarity

Do you ever just watch a movie that leaves you in a total state of confusion?




One of the biggest problems with turning a book into a film is that the plot must be condensed in order to fit a specific running time. It’s difficult for filmmakers to include the details of a four hundred page book in a two-hour movie. Chances are if you catch the movie before you read the book, you’ll leave the theater feeling baffled. But if you go in having read the source material, it will be much easier to follow along.

3. Characters




Because they’re longer in nature, books typically have better character development than movies. Reading makes it easier to hate a character, to love a character, to understand a character. When you see a movie, you sort of feel apathetic about the people in it. You don’t get the full emotional effect when something drastic happens.

4. Plot Twists  




If you’ve already read the book, nothing that happens in the movie will come as a surprise. This can be a wonderful feeling, especially if you’re seeing it with friends who haven’t the read the book. The shock on their faces will be priceless.

5. Sequels

Imagine you’re watching a movie and suddenly you’re stunned by an insane plot twist. You ask yourself what? How? Why? But when you expect to receive answers, the screen fades to black…




Nowadays, many popular film franchises split the final installment into two parts. Part one often ends on a cliffhanger, leaving movies fans reeling until the next film releases. They wait for what feels like eons for the answers to their burning questions. But if they’d read the books, this wouldn’t be a problem.

Thank you so much for reading. If you related to any of these things, let me know in the comments.







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6 thoughts on “Five Reasons to Read the Book Before You Watch the Movie

  1. I have to disagree with this post when it comes to the divergent series. I know the movie is never as good as the books and not everything is going to be the exact same however I would like some similarities. I thought the first movie was somewhat close to the original book but the movies that followed were completely off and garbage compared to the books I was very disappointed.


    1. Agree so much about the Divergent movies. The first one was okay, but Insurgent was absolutely terrible. I don’t understand why the filmmakers deviated so much from the book. The reason it was popular was because people liked the story.

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  2. Loved this post! I have been so disappointed by some book-to-film adaptations. and you said it perfectly about the magic being lost, there are so many things narrated or thought by the characters or even describing a beautiful scene with all of the tiny details that really give the book depth and meaning that would be nearly impossible to fit into a movie.

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  3. This is so true. As a fellow bookworm, watching the movie before reading the book messes up my brain then I’d be confused. Like when I watched Divergent before reading it, it made my imagination base everything on the movie.

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