Watch The Show Or Movie Before You Read The Book If You Want To Actually Enjoy It
Start writing a post
Entertainment

Watch The Show Or Movie Before You Read The Book If You Want To Actually Enjoy It

You know the book is always better, but here is why you should watch the movie first anyway.

127
Watch The Show Or Movie Before You Read The Book If You Want To Actually Enjoy It

I'm a pretty avid reader. Being one, I must admit to having always been among the population of people who when talked to about an upcoming film or television show asked in turn, "But did you read the book?" Snobby I know, but true nonetheless. That is up until recently when I started to read "A Song of Ice and Fire," the series of novels written by George R.R. Martin and brought to life through HBO's award-winning and critically acclaimed series "Game of Thrones."

After the hotly contested final season of the show, and years of following the story season to season, I found I was hungry for more of Westeros, the show simply hadn't given me enough. My sister, a tried and true fan of ASoIaF long before it's episodic counterpart came into being was quick to suggest I read through the 5 existing novels (GRRM and ASoIaF fans alike can tell you they are eagerly awaiting Martin's end to the story in the yet-to-be-published final two installments.)

Trepidatious as I was that Martin's syntax was well outside of my wheelhouse, I cracked open the first installment, aptly named "A Game of Thrones" and devoured all 700 pages in just a few days. Shortly thereafter, while reading through "A Clash of Crowns", the next in the series, I realized something my sister had told me when I first got into reading was so true it hurt.

"The book will ruin the movie, but the movie won't ruin the book." She told me when she urged me to read Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" in spite of my protest that I had already seen the movie, so what was I to gain from the book?

Upon thinking about it further, I realized how right she had been all along. You see, when you read a book, your mind creates a universe shaped by your own relations to the characters and their intricacies. Furthermore, when reading books your expectations can be boundless, your imagination runs wild with details that sometimes even the magic of Hollywood can't match. The more fantastical the world your novel takes place in (ie: "Game of Thrones"), the harder it is to create a true interpretation.

Sometimes the small nuances of a character or the inner workings of their brains that we get through POV in a novel can be hard for an actor or actress to match with a look, regardless of how skilled they are.

When I read "Ready Player One" by Ernest Cline, I knew solely based on licensing that there was no way even Steven Spielberg could match the universe that lived so vividly in my imagination. I still watched the movie and while it was objectively good, I still nit-picked at minor changes to the manuscript because, to me, the book held a much greater value.

When you read the book first, no matter how true the adaptation, you will find holes and they will frustrate you. However, if you watch the movie or show first, you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised by how much more the universe expands for you when you crack open its origin.

The moral of the story here is this: the book is better, it always will be, but the movie isn't that bad if you aren't predisposed to being a snob about it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

95375
man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses
Pinterest

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lifestyle

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

42801
​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Featured

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

71378
The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments