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Why Reading A Book And Then Watching A Movie Is The Right Order Of Things
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Why Reading A Book And Then Watching A Movie is the Right Order Of Things

If you have ever bought a book after watching a movie you might have noticed a few things. You might notice that you are hearing the music that accompanied the action. You might see the face of the actors and the actresses on all of the characters. You might wonder why this character or that scene is in the book but not the movie version. You might not think it is that important but it takes away some of the real joy of reading a book. For some people, that might sound like a blessing, taking away some of the "work" of reading, but for most readers, it is not a positive. They actually like to allow their own imagination to breathe life into the characters and the scenes. Seeing the movie first might block some of that imagination process.

Stephen King, one of the most prolific and also top selling authors of our time knows that issue all too well. Starting with the 1976 release of the movie, Carrie, countless books, short stories and other projects of his have made it to movie theaters and the small screen. In addition to feature length films, he has also worked on a number of other short films and episodes of certain long running television shows. But, there were some that he fought against bringing to the screen for personal reasons.

The Stand, one of King's longest novels was too long to translate to the screen and producers wanted large chunks edited out. And then there was the characters- King did not always agree with the short list of actors and actresses for some of his characters. It was eventually made into a serial version but fans of the book did not always agree with the live action interpretation. They howled at some of the changes in Misery and were equally put out at some of the changes in Delores Claibourne. Readers are fans of the story that the writer wove and the visions their brain created and some of them are not accepting of other versions of either.

It really doesn't matter which book you are reading or who the author is- the best writers whisk you away to the scene they have set. That scene may not always be the same as what a screen writer, producer and director see though because there are things that the writer can write about that just cannot get pulled off in reality. Budgets, safety and other things may often cause serious changes to become necessary. The movie team must make sure that the movie will be well released which may mean that some of the action is toned down or ramped up, depending on the needs.


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Very valid article. BTW, king is one of my favorite grab a book and disappear in the story authors.

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  about 8 years ago

Mine too! Although I did like the film version of Misery, the book was way more gruesome!

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  about 8 years ago

You are a kingaholic also? Wow, we were made for each other, lol. That's really cool Amie, I have a 1st edition hard cover copy of every book he wrote. I did not actually collect them on purpose, my mother in law gave me one a year the last 22 years, lol.

  
  about 8 years ago

That is cool! I have a great collection of hard cover King novels, but the man writes so fast I can't catch up !

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  about 8 years ago

I think I am of the other crowd that likes to see the movie first! Then I fill in all the details while reading the book! I hate reading the book first and having all the issues you mentioned above. It's much better for me to see it, then read it! Thanks for a great article, Amie!

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  about 8 years ago

I cannot think of a book that I have read after seeing the movie. It's always the other way around. Lots of times when I am reading, I imagine the book being made into a movie. Moreover, I am usually disappointed in the way Hollywood turns the book into a movie. Loved your article. I take this as a challenge to see the movie first.

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  about 8 years ago
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