23 August 2014

CONFESSION: Book Before Film?

I briefly mentioned in my previous post that I don't like to watch a film adaptation prior to reading the book it was based upon. Often the screenwriters will change details from the book, which I think can easily cause confusion and misinformation to moviegoers who haven't read the real book -- they're being fed the wrong plot. It also makes me feel guilty, and unfaithful to the book, as if I somehow tarnished it by not being as loyal to it as I could have been. I have done so on a couple occasions, like with Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and just last night I watched When the Game Stands Tall.


Does it make me a bad person? No.


I used to have the philosophy that it was very wrong to watch a movie before reading the book, especially if you knew ahead of time that the story had a book-form. I could typically forgive this "offense" if you planned to read the book afterwards, or if you genuinely hadn't been aware of the book's existence. I still believe this somewhat, but to a lesser extent, and I'm trying to "train" myself not to judge people for whether or not they've read a book.


So, repeat after me: It does not make you a bad person to not have watched a film before reading its respective book-version.


It does not make you a bad person to not have watched a film before reading its respective book-version.


P.S.: I was secretly partially excited to watch When the Game Stands Tall because of its cast. Alexander Ludwig, who played Cato in The Hunger Games, was included, for example. So was Matthew Daddario, who is the brother of actress Alexandra Daddario (who plays Annabeth in the Percy Jackson film series). Before watching this movie, I didn't even know Alexandra had a brother!


Which books do you love that have been broadcast on the big screen? Do you agree with my "philosophy," or do you have your own? Tell me about it in the comments!

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