Which is best first? To read or to watch?

June 01, 2017
Whenever you watch a movie that originated as a book, there's usually a few different comments you can expect from other viewers:

If you're watching with someone who has already read the book, you are sure to receive updates throughout the film letting you know about any little plot changes. 

If you're watching with a movie buff, they're sure to argue the necessary changes that every book to movie adaptation needs, in order to make it more visual and exciting. 

Whatever side you're on, there is usually a good argument for both reading or watching first. 

Book-to-movie adaptations are among some of the biggest and most successful movie franchises in today's theaters and their popularity only continues to grow.

Here are some points for both arguments that I have experienced:

When I watched the first Twilight film after reading the books I was quite disappointed. Besides the poor acting, I felt as though the story line had been so badly mangled trying to fit it into a feature-length film, that a lot of the side bars of information were lost. 

- The Harry Potter films: Probably one of the largest and most successful books to been made into movies, and definitely a personal favorite. I felt as though both the books and movies held their own. Watching some of the earlier movies before the reading and vice versa, I believe all the main points were addressed and made for an iconic series whether you preferred reading first or not at all!

-'Me Before You' was one where I can agree with those in the read before watch camp. This movie was beautiful and had me balling by the end. I loved it, so I thought I'd give the book a shot. However, I was really disappointed with the movie afterwards. The beautiful story line was so much stronger in book form. 

Even after writing this piece, I still cannot decide which is best. Maybe we simply need to enjoy both as they are and not try and compare these two different mediums.

What are your views? Do you prefer reading the book before seeing the movie? Let us know in the comments below. 
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