Reading The Book Before Watching The Movie Is Imperative

Reading The Book Before Watching The Movie Is Imperative

And this is coming from a film major...

When I was younger, my mother never lets me watch a movie before I read the book. She insisted that if I watched a movie before I read the book there would be nothing left up to my imagination. Therefore, much to my dismay, I would anxiously turn pages and chapters awaiting the ultimate reward of watching the visual depiction of the words that I had just absorbed.

As a child, I had an insatiable appetite for literature, so naturally, I came across quite a few books-turned-movie that forced my mother to uphold this principle. First with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, later with the Harry Potter series, and even with less well-known books such as the Mary-Kate and Ashley mystery novels ( call them novels might be a stretch.)

I still have vivid memories of the first night I watched a Harry Potter movie. I was around 10 years old, fresh out of fifth grade: post-reading all seven books. It was a stormy summer night, my mom ordered us in Chinese food (a rarity in our house), and we snuggled up on the couch to watch JK Rowling's words come alive on a screen. And upon my viewing, I noticed some things:

Hermione's name is pronounced (her-mine-ee) rather than (her-me-own) as my adolescent brain inferred it would be. The characters did, in fact, have an English accent because no matter how many times I thought about the fact that JK Rowling is British, the characters in my head still somehow spoke with a slight New Jersey twang. Finally, Voldemort doesn't have a nose. I honestly don't know if this detail is in the books, but regardless, I was unaware, thus very alarmed when I first caught sight of his movie persona.

So while yes, there were a few miscalculations in the way my mind interpreted the words of the book, I am forever grateful that my mother instilled in me the importance of reading books before watching the movie. Reading the book creates an irreplaceable bond between the audience and the material--one that is not a deep-rooted as would exist if one just watches the movie.

Reading a book first allows you to explore the inner thoughts of a character. It allows you to completely devote yourself to constructing (with the assistance of the author's words) a world that exists in its exact form only in your own mind. It allows you to feel like you truly know the characters you are reading about--they become your enemies, your teachers, your friends. It is truly one of the most magical things I can think of.

So in our current time when the pace that movies are turning into books is increasing by the second, I encourage everyone to read the book before they watch the movie. It is a rarity that a movie is better than a book, and it is impossible that the content will mean as much to the audience if they don't play a part in creating the world in their own mind.

Cover Image Credit: Anthony Zaller

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

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Your Boat's Captain Deserves A 20% Tip, Just Like Your Server Or Barber

A tip about tipping people who serve you.


I date a man whose talented, smart, and very good at what he does. He's a captain and runs his own business. He goes to college full time, five classes every semester, and runs his business on the weekends.

After being with him for almost a year I've gotten a good look at how much work he puts into his trips. He'll come home to me explaining all about his trip and I think my favorite part is watching the joy surface his eyes when he mentions his customers were happy. He values customer satisfaction and I wish his customers could see how much he values it, even after the trip is over. He'll walk through the door, smelling like a dead fish, and looking like he got ran over by a train. He'll get home and I'll push him to the shower after I hold my breath to kiss him.

Sometimes he helps his friend's business out and runs his charters for him for a couple of days. The other day I listened to him explain one of his trips to me and I couldn't help but feel anger. He took this group out and they caught a great amount of fish and he took extra time to filleted them for his customers. After he was finished, he collected the money for his friend and received a tip. This tip wasn't close to 20% of the total amount for the trip, instead, it was around 11%.

I am a waitress and I think we all know common courtesy of the 15%-20% tip at a restaurant. So when I heard this 11% tip was given to my boyfriend I felt hurt for him.

I wish that customer could see how much this man works and loves what he does. He cares about his customers and when his customers aren't happy, it follows him home. Being a captain isn't just a job to him, it's his everything. Making people happy, makes him happy. He deserved more than what that customer valued him as and he worked harder than the value of that tip.

This can pertain to tipping in general, but when you're tipping your captain, waitress, hairstylist, or even valet driver, realize that they live off of those tips. They served you, sweated for you, and created satisfaction for you. Tip people appropriate because serving someone isn't easy, it's exhausting but we do it because we want you to be happy when you walk away.

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