I rather enjoyed our last 'Food for Thought' session...we had some really good give and take regarding the book cover re-do's. To take our books-to-movies discussion a bit further, today I am posing two questions to you....(Here goes...are you ready?)
This post in particular as well as the tag team of questions came about after a recent review went live on my site. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane was just released as a movie, but many people did not know that it was actually based on a book. I myself, hadn't heard of it until I saw the movie trailer several months back, but once I did, I had to have it.
That being said...the question begs to be asked...which came first, the book or the movie? Now I'm not talking about into existance....more often than not the book is first. I mean, how did YOU hear about it first? Which do you find you run into more...the case where you've read the book and TADA, a movie is now being made? Or do the movie advertisements spark your curiousity about a book that has been out for several years?
Since I've never been one to simply stop being curious about something after one question has been answered....here is another one for you to ponder. Has there ever been a movie that you've seen first only to have wished that you'd have read the book first? Or perhaps there's a book that you've read, then gone to see the movie only to have it pale in comparison? As much as we love the written word, perhaps it is our bookish love that diminishes the film in our eyes. (Confused? Hang on...) I will give you two examples from my own experiences....
Example 1: Book First, Movie Second
Let's take a look at the Harry Potter series as a whole. The movies only include so much and so without many of the added details that were dropped on the cutting room floor, the enchantment is never quite complete; on many occasions, one simply has to accept things without valid explanations. That's not to say I didn't enjoy them immensely, but without the missing details, some thing simply wouldn't have made as much sense. (Follow me? Alrighty...time for round 2...)
Example 2: Movie First, Book Second
We'll go with an even more recent example...Shutter Island. Let me start by saying, I thoroughly enjoyed the book....however I may have had a higher opinion of the movie had I not read it first. The movie was good overall and stuck mostly to the book....but there were a few things put one way or the other, or even taken completely out. They cut corners leaving out many of the things that molded the story. (For those that have read the book, I speak of the LAW OF FOUR, the escape attempt, and the final closing scene.) I mean the ending, there's something added in the movie that leaves a far different conclusion to be imagined. Was it a good addition? It would work....had not the book ended on a clearer note.
So, I leave it to you, fellow readers. What have you to say on the subject presented? The comments are open and waiting for your thoughts...
Until next time....happy reading!