Wednesday, August 9, 2023

To watch or read first...

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Today is National Book Lovers Day, and it has me thinking about something I heard Ken Jennings mention on a Jeopardy! episode. I didn't write down the exact wording, but it was basically: Watching the movie first will not ruin the book, but reading the book first will ruin the movie.

I recently read The Enchanted April by Elizabeth van Arnim and even though I have seen the movie twice, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. 

Also, I saw the movie of A Wrinkle in Time (2018) before I read the book (by Madeleine L'Engle) and appreciated both. The lovely, engaging visuals of the movie helped me picture what the book described, and the book helped me better understand one of the main scenes in the film.

Most of us have woeful tales about reading a book and then being disappointed in the movie... but what do you think about that in reverse? Do you agree that seeing the movie first will not ruin the book when you read it? 

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