Disappointment On The Big Screen: Why You Should Read Before You Watch

I know I’m not the only one who envisioned Hagrid just a little bigger and Umbridge a lot uglier. Maybe you were let down by Peeta and Gale. Books that are turned into movies often get a lot of publicity and reach a bigger audience than they might of because of the readers that want to see their favorite book on the big screen. However, at least for me, many times it is a let down. Often the producers are not required to stick to the books exact story line. This leaves readers disappointed when the endings are messed up and ruined. I read—and cried through—My Sister’s Keeper. The movie was just as sad but missing the ending I was expecting and even wanted! I am a strong believer in reading the book before you see the movie. There is something about creating a face and somewhat of an identity for the character on your own before the media ruins it and commercializes it. I’ve yet to see the Hunger Games because I haven’t had time to read the book yet. This is not to say all books are ruined by movies. Water For Elephants, in both book and movie form, is excellent. This is a challenge to read the book before you see the movie next time. Make your own ideas about it before you are swayed but the commercials. Don’t be disappointed by the big screen ever again.


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