Which should come first?
- the book
- the movie
I was just thinking about this question about which is the best to do: read the book and then watch the movie or watch the movie and then read the book?
I usually opt to read first and then see the movie because I like taking my time predicting and discovering what will happen next in a story rather than it just happening and also I like creating my own image of the characters in my mind rather than seeing someone else’s interpretation of what they look like. Plus I am addicted to books while I have very little interest in collecting movies.
Seeing the movie first, however, made things that might have been harder to imagine (such as Lord of the Rings) easier because I have an image that can accompany my reading. It also inspires me to read the book. I can think of three cases where this led me to discover an author: High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, The World According to Garp by John Irving, and of course, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien.
So what are your thoughts on the better one to do first?