I can admit I’m a total book worm and to be honest, even a book snob at times. Ninety percent of the time, I read the book before seeing the movie whenever possible. However, I’ve also watched the movie and then read the book – and sometimes only did one or the other. It’s been my experience that I always enjoy the experience more when I first read the book before seeing the film and I’ve pinpointed three reasons why I like to make it a habit of reading the book before seeing the film.
It’s Like Being In On A Really Good Secret
For me, having read a book only enhances my movie going experience. Not only does it give a good sense of what I’m about to see but its like being in on a secret. When I read a book the details are forever etched in my brain, it’s why I can’t read a book more than once (even my favorites)! So when it comes time to watch the movie my memory recalls the books intricacies and details. Plus it gives you an idea of what to expect.
It’s Like Catching Up With An Old Friend
If you’re a serious bookworm you know that when you read a book you fall in love with it’s characters. By the end it feels like you’re old friends and I have no problem admitting I’m occasionally sad when a story ends. When the movie comes out it’s like being able to catch up with an old friend.
It Fills in The Details
It can take many hours over the space of days to finish a good book.Now consider the fact that the story has been condensed to roughly two hours. Inevitably details are left out and plot points passed over. Reading the book before watching the film helps to fill in the details even the best producers have to pass over.
When I first heard about the Warner Bros. Pictures new film This is Where I Leave You (in theaters Sept 19th) my interested was piqued. It has an amazing cast including Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda to name a few. The synopsis hooked me further.
When their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.
And then… I found out that not only was the movie based on a book, Warner Bros. Pictures is also hosting #TIWILY book discussion on the film’s Facebook page each Wednesday! I kind of love the idea of the film promoting the book and even hosting a book club. Plus, readers who take part in the conversation have a chance to win signed movie posters and a trip to the premiere in Hollywood!
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