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
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.
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.
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.
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.