Sunday, February 15, 2009

Watch first or read first?

Would you prefer to read a story or watch it in the cinema?
A number of movies are based on novels. I'm not too sure if I like it but the movies hit the top of the movie charts most of the time.

To be honest, I've never read any of the Harry Potter books but I've watched all its movies. Do I like what I watch? Maybe I do. Why I do not read it? I'm not too into reading other people's fantasies. Maybe that is also why I don't read sci-fi. Quite a limitation there eh? Well, not everybody likes the same thing,rite? =p

Some classic novels which have been made into movies are :
Pride and Prejudice
The Count of Monte Cristo
The Importance of Being Earnest
and many many more.

Some of my friends started reading some particular books after they have watched the movies. i.e. Twilight, Lord of The Rings....
I've never tried reading classics maybe because I was so into chic-lit and other genre but I'm willing to try soon. Plus, the ones published by Penguin Publishing is normally sold at RM8.90 or so only.

A Walk To Remember the movie used to be very hot many years back. I watched it first then only I read the book. The movie itself is pretty touching but the book does a lot better. However, I was very frustrated with the movie based on the novel P.S. I Love You written by Cecelia Ahern. The movie is about 60% different from the story I read. Well, I do know that there are limitations on turning the book into live but anyway, I still don't think crucial scenes in the book should be altered.

Upcoming movie is Confessions of A Shopaholic. I foresee it is going to be on top of the chart as many girls out there are eagerly waiting for it to be shown in the cinema. Will I go and watch it? Yes IF I have the time and chance to. All the book fans are waiting too I assume but they know the settings itself is different as in it is in New York instead of UK. The actors and actresses? Well, there are quite a number of threads on the net discussing about it as many has different preferences on who they want to play which character in the book. Anyway, that is still something minor to me coz the most important thing is that they do not change any of the storylines!

Another one to be out based on a novel is If You Could See Me Now by Cecelia Ahern. Not too sure when it will be in the cinema but as of now, it is still in the making.

'Nuff bout chic-lits and classics. Marvels are also made into movies. Like Spiderman, Fantastic Four, X-Men and Superman. Not too sure if everyone likes it but I definitely loveeeee Superman! Be it in the series or movies. (Never tried the marvels...hihi)

Comics into movies? They've Doraemon.hihihi

As a conclusion, I still believe we should read a book first before watching its movie as there are limitations to what humans could show on the screen compared to what we have in our brains as we read a book.


Yann Mei said...
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aMiR said...

Hmmm we're gonna see many more movies made up from novels and comics.

Not to mention movies like dragonball and street fighter are coming out soon.

Looking forward to Fast & Furious (June) though.

U can see 50 of the biggest movies to hit the cinema this year here.

StarrY said...

I would like to watch the movie first if I am interested in reading the book... I think it's good to see the whole idea first before getting all the details from the book.

People often complain that how the movie is different and less detailed than the book, this can be easily solved if you watch it first, right?

Well, most of the time I don't read the book and just settle with the movie itself. Haha...

ieja said...

I prefer to read first! After I fully get the grip of the real storyline then only I proceed to the big screen. Many times it disappointed me too as well but what do we expect right?
Limitations as they explained.

Sometimes I wonder, why couldn't they just make exactly out of the book into the major screens? It'll be better, right? I am yet to read the LOTR. Can't wait actually :)

and tiny bit about shopaholics, the settings are already quite a frustration. Isla is alright for Becky but nooo not whasshisname for Luke!! =( tssk.

or maybe we can go watch it together later Ruz? and condemn it to hell. haha

. Ruz . said...

Sure!Letz try one of the weekends ;)

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