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Books turned movies

Am I the only one who doesn't like when they make books into movies?

I guess I feel like people will start reading the book only because it was (or will be) a movie. Then my reading it for enjoyment is somehow tarnished because I heard about it through other channels and it's no longer special or interesting because everyone and their brother is reading it? 

I know this sounds ridiculous, but I definitely feel that way. 

(DH and I feel this way about bands we like, too, at least once they get big we're both like "yeah, well, we saw them when they were still playing at [random bar X]." I suppose we're both childish then!) 

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  • I like when they turn books into movies!! I do agree that it's nice to be into the book before the idea for the movie even comes out, but IRL not many of my friends read very much. They will read books that are turning into movies though, so it at least gives me someone to talk to!

    Also, I like to see how Hollywood interprets the book!

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  • I usually avoid movies that came from books (there are a few exceptions like Harry Potter).  I don't like that movies have to take out so many details that make the books what they are.  I also don't like that I'll have a picture of a character in my head and then Hollywood goes and casts somebody that completely contradicts the vision in my head (i.e. Leonardo DiCaprio in Shutter Island).
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  • I'm a bit of a hypocrite here.  If I see the movie before reading the book, I (generally) like the movie better.  It's the opposite if I read the book first.

    The exception?  Gone With The Wind.  I've seen the movie so many times, I've read the book just as much, but I read the book much later and I love it so much more than the film.

    Another exception: Mansfield Park.  I saw the movie when I was fifteen, I loved it, and I'm almost done reading the book for the first time (twelve years later), and OMG, it's amazing.

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  • Depends on the book. I love the HP movies. I like a couple other books-turned-movies as well, but some I despise.
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  • I like seeing books turned into movies, just because I like to compare.  Even if the movie totally sucks compared to the book, I still get so much enjoyment out of picking apart everything that was wrong with the movie that I don't even care!

    If it's at all possible, I actually like to see the movie before I read the book.  If I've read the book first, the movie is most likely going to be ruined.  But not the other way around - if I see the movie first and enjoy it, then read the book, I can still love the book and also like the movie - it's not like the book retroactively ruins the movie or anything.  But that's just me Smile

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    I like seeing books turned into movies, just because I like to compare.  Even if the movie totally sucks compared to the book, I still get so much enjoyment out of picking apart everything that was wrong with the movie that I don't even care!

    If it's at all possible, I actually like to see the movie before I read the book.  If I've read the book first, the movie is most likely going to be ruined.  But not the other way around - if I see the movie first and enjoy it, then read the book, I can still love the book and also like the movie - it's not like the book retroactively ruins the movie or anything.  But that's just me Smile

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  • For me, it all depends on how much I enjoyed the book.  If the writing is amazing, I want the author to be successful and make money.  I don't care if that means having their book on every best sellers list or having Hollywood turn it into a movie.

    I feel the same way about bands.  I dislike the notion that if a small, unknown but very talented, band suddenly become "big" and start touring and making money, they've somehow sold out.

    I want the authors, musicians and artists I love and admire to be successful.

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    For me, it all depends on how much I enjoyed the book.  If the writing is amazing, I want the author to be successful and make money.  I don't care if that means having their book on every best sellers list or having Hollywood turn it into a movie.

    I feel the same way about bands.  I dislike the notion that if a small, unknown but very talented, band suddenly become "big" and start touring and making money, they've somehow sold out.

    I want the authors, musicians and artists I love and admire to be successful.

    This is a good point. I suppose if it's true to the spirit of the original, I don't mind as much. But I do definitely feel that they "sell out" when things change drastically. (Bands and authors - more so with bands.) 

    It's not that I don't want them to be successful, I just want them to keep with what *got* them there, not change to meet the masses. 

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  • I'm not usually a fan of movies that came from books because the book is almost always better than the movie.  However, there are some exceptions and it's nice to see people reading even if they're only doing it because it's a movie.  Oh, plus what Lauren said...it IS fun to pick apart movies!
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  • I like when books are turned into movies.  But I have to read the book first, because if I see the movie first, I never feel like reading the book.  I also like to look for mistakes in the movies.  I call them picky/pickies.
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  • For me it all depends on how good the movies turn out :)

     This has made watching the HP movies torturous for my boyfriend...because I love nothing more than to pick apart every little thing I think they did right or wrong :)

    I watched Shutter Island before I read the book, and I have to say I was impressed at how well the movie followed the story. Although I don't necessarily think DiCaprio was the best choice for Daniels :) 

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    For me, it all depends on how much I enjoyed the book.  If the writing is amazing, I want the author to be successful and make money.  I don't care if that means having their book on every best sellers list or having Hollywood turn it into a movie.

    I feel the same way about bands.  I dislike the notion that if a small, unknown but very talented, band suddenly become "big" and start touring and making money, they've somehow sold out.

    I want the authors, musicians and artists I love and admire to be successful.

    This is a good point. I suppose if it's true to the spirit of the original, I don't mind as much. But I do definitely feel that they "sell out" when things change drastically. (Bands and authors - more so with bands.) 

    It's not that I don't want them to be successful, I just want them to keep with what *got* them there, not change to meet the masses. 

    Ditto.

    I've never understood the cliquish aspect some people have about bands, etc.. When our local college's baseball was the best in the nation there were bitter fans who held signs saying "where were you when we were 0-25." Seriously, you want fans to leave? OK.

    Good entertainment is good entertainment, no matter if it came from a book or a movie. I think the ideal situation is when you've read the book years ago and don't remember it clearly and then it's made into a movie. That way you don't ruin the movie for yourself by nitpicking every little thing.

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  • I don't always like the movies that have been made from books. I try to read the book first. Many times the book gives me background info the movie doesn't show. Then people I went to the movie with are confused b.c. they didn't read the books. One example was "In Her Shoes." 
  • oh i typically hate adaptations. the BBC/Masterpiece Theatre is usually pretty good with book to film adaptations, but they can only do so much unless they roll out 6 hours of movie. 

    High Fidelity was actually an almost spot-on adaptation, but feature films are 95% trash IMO. (of course sometimes they start with not so great material...lol)

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  • I like when books are turned into movies, as long as they keep the integrity of the book intact.  Although, I still like the book better 99% of the time.  I think the only exception to this rule (for me) is The Virgin Suicides.  Liked the movie, hated the book.
  • I don't mind so much when books are turned into movies. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad- it all depends on a lot of things.

    But what I really hate are books with movie covers! For some reason they drive me bonkers. I never buy them, always try to find the original cover. I don't want movie star people on the cover of my book, I want what the author originally intended. Does this bug anyone else? 

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  • I enjoy watching books turned into movies because I tend to create the whole movie in my head as I am reading and I like to see how it turns out.  I do tend to read a book before I watch the movie so that I can make my mind up about the characters before an actor has cemented them in my mind.

    One of my favorite book-movies was Shutter Island.  I had a harder time following the book and after watching the movie a few things clicked for me, even though they left some stuff out that I missed.

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    But what I really hate are books with movie covers! For some reason they drive me bonkers. I never buy them, always try to find the original cover. I don't want movie star people on the cover of my book, I want what the author originally intended. Does this bug anyone else? 

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    I don't mind so much when books are turned into movies. Sometimes they're good, sometimes they're bad- it all depends on a lot of things.

    But what I really hate are books with movie covers! For some reason they drive me bonkers. I never buy them, always try to find the original cover. I don't want movie star people on the cover of my book, I want what the author originally intended. Does this bug anyone else? 

    Beyond belief. I also go out of my way to not buy the movie star book covers. For some reason I just think it cheapens the story, and I can't form a picture in my own mind of the characters. Ugh!

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