Is it just me or does it seem like all the movies now-a-days are all based on books? Not that I’m complaining, it’s giving me the opportunity to update my Reading List- and not the way you might expect.
Most people would agree that the goal before seeing a movie based on a book is to actually, you know, read the book. Obviously so you can be a pretentious hipster and make one or all of the following claims
1) “I liked the book before the movie(s) came out”
2) “Omg the book was SOOOOO much better.”
3) “UGH THEY LEFT OUT THE BEST PART”
4) “THAT WASN’T IN THE BOOK!”
Well, I for one, will not read the books UNTIL I see the movie.
And here’s why:
(your mind is about to be blown.)
Let me paint you a little picture…
It’s spring of 2012, and Jennifer Lawrence is starring in the much-anticipated film version of, The Hunger Games. I, unlike the times of seeing Harry Potter, made it a point to read this book before I went to go see it.(Yes, that means I STILL haven’t read all the Harry Potter books. I’ll discuss later.)
So I read (and fell in love with) THG. It was awesome. And it made me SO much more excited to see the movie, especially to actually see ALL my favorite parts from the book(HELLO- CAVE SCENE!!) And even hearing the cast interviews about the movie and their favorite scenes that they shot(Josh Hutcherson- HELLO CAVE SCENE!!) I could barely contain the excitement. I was in my freshman year of college and my friends and I were even going to the midnight showing of it in our small little town. We had a countdown, took pictures, bought the soundtrack..(and by we…I mean me….fangirling all over the place.)
March 23 FINALLY comes(actually the 22nd since we were seeing the midnight showing, but you get the point.) and we head over to the theater 2 hours before midnight, making sure we get the best seats to behold the awesomeness that’s about to take place before my eyes.
The minutes pass and finally, FINALLY, it’s midnight and the previews start and then suddenly BOOM- Jennifer Lawrence’s face was all over the screen and the movie had officially started.
Now, I’m sitting there and I’m starting the run through the book while watching the movie, and I can’t help but spot all the differences. And at first I’m just rollin’ with it- i mentally remind myself that, hey, I knew they would change things- that’s just part of the deal. As long as I got to see my precious cave scene I was going to be fine. So the movie progresses and still enjoying the movie, but it’s really ruining my movie-going experience a little just pointing out the disappointment of all the differences and things that I had at least thought were to be important, but hey, my cave scene was coming-something to look forward to.
Then- it came. My blessed cave scene.
AND IT WAS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE BOOK. IN THE BOOK IT WAS, LIKE, 20 PAGES LONG, PEETA AND KATNISS MACKED ON EACH OTHER, LIKE, 100 TIMES AND THERE WAS SO MUCH ADORABLE DIALOGUE AND THE MOVIE FREAKING LEFT BASICALLY ALL OF IT OUT.
ARE YOU FLIPPIN’ KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!
That’s when it hit me, I will never, ever read a book before I see the movie again.
And here’s why:
It is true, the book is ALWAYS better.
But that’s the thing…since the book is always better, you’re basically just paying for your disappointment when you go see the movie.
You know the movie isn’t going to measure up to what the book was. Sure, it might be close, but’s never going to actually be better than the book.
Whereas, if you’re watching the movie first, you’re thinking to yourself,
“Holy crap, this movie is awesome. If the movie is THIS awesome, I can’t even imagine what the book must be like.”
So after you get out of the movie, you click on your Amazon app, find the book for $10, order it, then 2 days later you get it at your front door and dive in.
Then, even while you’re reading and you’re noticing all the differences, they’re GOOD differences, because the book is BETTER and provides more details and background information that the movie just didn’t have time for.
You’re never going to be disappointed when you read the book AFTER you see the movie.
Unless you just get mad at yourself for still spending money on the movie anyway. Then that’s your problem.