Everyone has their own opinions when it comes to choosing between the two. So, today, I have two random questions for everyone regarding the topic.
1. Which suits you best?
a. Read the book first, and then watch the movie
b. Watch the movie, and then read the book
c. Doesn't matter either way.
2. Are there any movies that you thought were actually better than the book?
Personally, for the first question, I'd definitely answer letter A, always.
Don't get me wrong, I love movies. I personally would go crazy without them as well. To me, it's definitely another true form of art -- presented right in front of an audience for them to watch. All that's left to do is to think and to feel.
But there is just something extra special when I read the story first before seeing it come to life in a movie. To me, with reading, it always seems as if I am starting with a completely fresh slate. As I read, I am able to create my own version of the story and of the characters -- my own picture -- in my head. With reading, I feel as though I am only limited by my own creativity and imagination. Therefore, there are no limits.
As for question # 2, I definitely think there are very few movie adaptations that live up to the book. How much more, to be better? It's not often this happens. But once in a while, there's a movie every now and then that not only lives up to the book's "expectations" and standards, but even exceeds them. In my opinion, these are the just some of the very few ones that do just that. I'm sure there's more, but these are what automatically came to mind.
- Schindler's List
- The Shining
- Fight Club
- The Wizard of Oz
- The Notebook
- Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -1971
- Shutter Island (movie was not better than the book, but I thought was as good)
I'd love to hear your thoughts! :)