Let’s talk about anything bookish!
Happy Monday, Wormies! I know I didn’t have a discussion last week because I was too sick to even think about writing a post. Too sick, that I even fell asleep at the 25-minute mark while watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (this is a spoiler movie review, btw)!
Which brings me to my discussion today. Will you ever READ the book if the movie you saw based on the book SUCKED? Or will you read the book first no matter what?
This thought crossed my mind when I saw Before I Fall a couple of weeks ago. Those where advance screening tickets that I won from The Ripped Bodice and I was mildly excited about the movie. I had never read the book, but I have seen it mentioned here and there. I also through the trailer looked very interesting. But I guess that was where the interested ended. I didn’t like the movie at all. I thought it was a tame mean girls movie trying to mean something more profound than what it really is. Spoiled girls bullying someone different fro them. But then, the reasons for the bullying were revealed and I was just… baaahh… ultimately just felt meh. I wasn’t moved at all. I didn’t even root for Sam.
So now, after seeing the movie, I am not interested in reading the book at all. I know that books are always better, but the movie didn’t even make me want to read the book. In this case, the movie didn’t intrigue me enough to read the book.
This also happened when I saw the pilot for Delirium, based on another Lauren Oliver book. The Delirium series wasn’t picked up, but they streamed episode 1 a couple of years ago starring Emma Roberts and the movie was another meh for me. I think this pilot was negatively reviewed by even the fans of the series, so maybe my not liking it has merit?
However, I also saw If I Stay a couple of years ago and LOVED it. I was bawling in the theater and I thoroughly fell in love with the characters, the story, and basically everything about the movie. I also rooted for Mia. I felt her pain. I enjoyed the movie so much, I purchased the audiobook copy of the book. And I haven’t even listened to it yet.
Now, I have heard a lot of good things about If I Stay but I also heard that the book is different from the movie. I know that the books are always better but there seems to be something holding me back from reading this book. Have you read it? Should I read it?
The third example that I am giving right now is when you didn’t like the book but you still watch the movie. Ergo, enjoying the movie but not the book? Case in point: Divergent. I read the first book before seeing the movie and I thought the book was meh. I liked the movie well enough, but I also wasn’t blown away by it. I’m not even interested in reading the rest of the books in the series and it seems they are not interested in releasing part 2 of Allegiant.
Now, what I’m saying is this. I guess, it depends on what you feel at the moment? Because I have definitely read books where I enjoyed the movie version (e.g. Jurassic Park, Harry Potter series), but the movies that didn’t really capture my attention. They have been left unread.
Now my question is this. Will you ever read a book when you’ve seen the movie and thought it was meh? Or didn’t like it? Will you still read a book even if the movie wasn’t great? Or are you one of those who will read the book first before going to see the movie?