IT'S BEEN HAUNTING US FOREVER
That one book, perched on our shelves, glaring at us and whispering 'read me, read me, read me'.
It haunts our dreams and our reality. Always has been, ever since we bought it six months ago...
But the real nightmare begins when movie posters of that very book are plastered on every surface visible. And then... SPOILERS ABOUND. Movie reviews, interviews, posters. IT'S INESCAPABLE. And then I hear the monstrous cackle coming from my shelf...
It's like it was PLANNING this the entire time. TO WRECK ME.
WHAT DO I DO NOW? WHAT ON EARTH? I'VE SPENT ALL MY LIFE AVOIDING THIS DILEMMA.
Should I read the book first or watch the movie first?
I've solved it. The horrific question plaguing every mind to ever exist. Let me walk you through the endless thoughts I had on my mind during my harrowing ordeal to solve this issue.
Firstly, why are movie adaptations of books created?
Why are movie adaptations produced?
That's all fine and dandy but the ORDER, Mish. THE ORDER.
I'm getting to that, Susan. Keep your socks on.
Watching movie adaptations is great! Do it! With some popcorn, too!
But watching a movie adaptation before reading the book it's based on? NOPE. NOPE. NO. Not in my book, at least.
Why watching a book based movie before reading the book will bring on the apocalypse:
This is probably how the producers decided to adapt the book:
Producer 1: Shall we read the book?
Producer 2: AHAHAH. NO.
Producer 1: Great idea! How about we change things, too?
Producer 2: Perfect! Let's mess up the most important aspect! Maybe the plot? Characters' hair colours?
You have no idea how many times I've read The Maze Runner and heard 'Thomas' but thought Dylan O'Brien. If you haven't read The Maze Runner and have no idea who I'm talking about, bless your heart. And DO NOT SEARCH UP DYLAN O'BRIEN. ABORT THAT MISSION. ABORT.
Those darn posters.
I'll stop there because if I don't... The nightmares shall return.
Did that long list satiate you, Susan?
Glad to hear it.
Well, this is what I do. Read before watching.
But you can do whatever suits your fancy. I shall refrain from shooting daggers with my eyes.
If you aren't a reader and much prefer visuals, then movies are for you. Maybe even audio books if you just don't like utilising those two orbs in your head for words.
But tell me, what's your approach? Do you share my opinion?
Your turn! What do you do first? Do you read before you watch? Or vice versa? Let's talk!