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Movie vs Book

Movie vs Book

Of course the book is better than the movie and I’m one who swears by this. If I read a great book and then notice there’s a movie soon-to-be-released, you can bet I’m first in line at the box office, extra cash in my fist for popcorn.

My non-reader friends don’t understand why I would rather read the book in the first place. “If you wait long enough, there’s sure to be a movie,” they say.

This is true, but if you read the book first at least you know whether you want to see the movie and share with those non-readers. Often the book is so good I want to experience it in living color, and watching the movie at the theater or on TV is the only way I get H to share in what I’ve read and enjoyed.

Netflix and Amazon Prime are notorious at throwing this kink into my plan. A few days ago we started watching a PBS mini series on Amazon Prime titled Body and Soul. Once I was neck-deep into the drama, I realized, too late, it was based off the book of the same title.

Here is the description of the book which reviews say closely follow the series.

“When her brother dies, nun Anna Summers returns home from her strict religious life in Wales, confronts her secular desires, and must choose between returning to the convent and pursuing a more normal life.”

I probably won’t read the book now that the movie has been watched, but I wish I had known about the book first. On the other hand I am always excited to accidentally come across a movie made from a book I’ve already read!

What’s your preference – movie or book?


About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

4 responses »

  1. hmm. . . I tend to see the movie first; and, then if I like it, I go back and read the book.

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  2. If a book is great, or even really good, it’s a rare feat for the movie to match it. There’s just so much depth and nuance and development possible in long form prose that is almost impossible to translate visually and through dialogue only. But there are a few movies that manage it: I’m thinking now of “Like Water For Chocolate,” which really was, in my opinion, as rich and sensual and quirky and magical as the book. So it’s worth a try, sez I 🙂

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