Friday, September 3, 2010


The question this week is: 

Even though it’s usually a mistake (grin) … do movies made out of books make you want to read the original?

When I see a movie, I always watch the beginning credits to see if it's based on a book.  Then I add it to my list and end up obtaining the book and reading it, especially if it was a movie I liked because...guess what?  The book is usually better! Well, duh!

Here are a few standouts where I watched the movie first and then read the book:

The Reckoning based on the novel Morality Play by Barry Unsworth                           

 Sense and Sensibility based on the novel by Jane Austen                             

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier                                             

The Reckoning was a good movie and the subject was very interesting to me...Medieval morality plays intertwined with a murder mystery.  When I saw that this movie was based on a book, I read it almost immediately.  Both the movie and the book were very good.  I reconcile this to the fact that the novel was very short and so was much easier to adapt into a movie.

I saw Sense and Sensibility back in 1995 and I fell in love with the story and Jane Austen.  Shamefully, this is how I was introduced to Jane.  This movie still remains one of my favorites.  However, I just read the book a couple of weeks ago and I have to say that I agree with what people have said about all the actors being too old for the ages that Jane wrote them.  That was a mild annoyance.  In all, I still love the movie, but the book was wonderful! 

I first saw Rebecca when I was a teen.  I have always loved old movies, going back as far as watching old Shirley Temple movies when I was little.  I think I read the book not too long after seeing the film.  My mom really encouraged me to read it and while the film was good and very well acted, there is just no comparison to the book.

So...what about you?  Do you seek out the book if you find out a movie is based on one?


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  1. I do read certain books after watching a period drama. In a way it has only enhanced a movie. However, I don't like to watch movies after reading a book. Exceptions are there,

    Here is my BTT: Film to Books post!

  2. I find myself sometimes going either way...but I think a book is usually better but not always...
    I have never seen Rebecca or read the book..will have to check that out. Same with The Reckoning...Netflix here we come!!!
    Have a great weekend Michelle!!!

  3. I totally prefer seeing the film first. That way the film doesn't disappoint me when the book rocks.

  4. My only problem with seeing the movie first is that sometimes I have a hard time getting that visual out of my head and trying to create my own from what I'm reading. I love the movie "Rebecca" but the book really made some things much easier to understand. I still don't entirely understand Mrs. Danvers, though!

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