I used to have a rule for books made into movies: I would never watch the movie until I had read the book. It was that simple. So I watched The Fellowship of the Ring but still have not seen The Two Towers or The Return of the King because I only ever made time to read the first book.
It sounds like a good, upstanding book geekish sort of rule, but in reality… well, it has not served me well. I get to shape my own views of the characters without being unduly influenced by some movie. And that lofty independent view means that I get to be routinely disappointed by movies.
While hunting for movie clips for an upcoming Anna Karenina post I was horrified by some of the movie versions. They were utter failures at capturing the wonder of Tolstoy’s world. They had none of the subtlety and bittersweetness of the words I read.
And then it hit me. I could be enjoying a perfectly good movie, except for the fact that I ruined it by reading the book.
So now I am rethinking my standard. Perhaps I should watch movies first and then be pleasantly surprised by the additional depth of the book.
Do you have a general rule for dealing with books made into movies?
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