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?