Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?
The hustle and bustle of my day actually had me forgetting that it’s thursday, and when I had a minute to chill out and I started flipping through blogs I realized that, OMG it’s Booking Through Thursday day.
If I watch a movie and I don’t know that it is a book beforehand, then yes, generally I will go back and read the book. It has to have been a good story, right?, to spend millions to make it into a movie. And I always love to see where the inspiration for a good movie came from. As far as seeing the movie before I read the book when I know it was a book first, I try to avoid doing that, but I will admit that I did not read Pride and Prejudice until after I saw the movie. I have seen Atonement and Revolutionary Road, two movies that I was stunned by and I’m hoping that when I go back and read the books that I am properly fascinated at the amazing-ness of them.
OH! And, I just thought of this. I recently read Fireproof by Eric Wilson, which is kind of backwards because he based his book on the screenplay for a movie. So now that I read the book I have to go back and see the movie. Another book based on a movie that I have is N.H. Kleinbaum’s adaptation of Dead Poets Society. While I have not seen the movie yet (I know, I know) I did find the book in a huge pile of other stuff randomly in a favorite used bookstore of mine. So I have to decide what to do first there book or movie?
How do you feel about movie to books and vice versa? Any favorites or suggestions?