Monday, November 27, 2006
Which Should Be Experienced First-- The Book Or The Movie?
The other night a friend was begging me to read Eragon by Christopher Paolini before the movie version comes out, so that I can see it with her. I said I'd rather see the movie first, and she said it would ruin the book.
My argument is that over the years, I have found that I usually don't enjoy movies based on books all that much if I read the book first. But, if I see the movie first, then it usually remains the same in my opinion after I've read the book, even if the book is better (which it usually is).
My friend's argument is that if you dislike something about the movie, like the portrayal of a particular character, it can ruin that something for you when you read the book.
So, which should be experienced first-- the book or the movie?
either way, i disagree about a bad movie element ruining the book. i trust you to give the book the benifit of the doubt.