It’s a question that gets asked a lot these days: should you see the movie or read the book first? There are countless movies based on books and deciding which one to go for first can be quite the challenge. How do you decide whether to read the book first or just book that cinema trip and see the movie first?
Why You Should See The Movie First
Whenever a book is adapted into a movie, a large amount of the source material gets cut out. If the movie contained every scene in a typical novel, it would end up running for at least several hours. Movies tend to just contain the key parts of the story. Any parts that are deemed unnecessary are simply scrapped and never make it to the big screen. So if you choose to see the movie first, in a way you’re getting to experience the best parts of the story. Once you’ve seen the movie, by all means read the book and find out what got cut and what was changed
Read The Book First
If you choose to read the book first, you’ll be getting the full, original story without any cuts or edits. A lot of movies have missing characters and cut-down plot lines that often have important points missing. With the book, you don’t have to experience a compacted version of the story. You also get a lot more detail. Plus, with books you can spread your enjoyment of the story out over as long a period of time as you want; you could, for example, read a chapter a two a night over the course of a few weeks. With movies, you get everything in just a few hours.
Which One’s Best For You?
So do you read the book or see the movie first? It’s ultimately a matter of personal preference, but there are pros and cons to both. Read the book first if you want the whole story without cuts or edits; see the movie first if you only want to see the very best, most relevant parts of the story. If you enjoy the story, you should definitely see the movie and read the book.