Do you like a movie or TV show better if you watch it first, before reading the book? Or does the book always win, no matter when you read it?
For the most part, I tend to have already read the book before seeing the movie. But there are a few cases when I do the reverse. One such example is Water for Elephants. I saw the movie with some book club friends but had never read the book before. I really enjoyed the movie and thought it was excellent. When I finally read the book, it just wasn’t as good. The movie made some changes to the plot that I actually thought were better than the events in the book. I guess the same goes for the first few seasons of True Blood. I hadn’t read the Sookie books yet but was hugely addicted to the show. The first season, while being similar to the book, was so much better than the book. I didn’t enjoy book 1 all that much, so in that case the TV show won out. I do think I tend to compare one to the other, so whichever comes first tends to win. I can’t think of any examples where I read the book first, then saw the movie, and thought the movie was better.
I am a firm believer in first impressions being the lasting impression, the most influential. If I see a movie before having read the book, then I tend to like the movie better. The same rings true for the reverse. If I read the book before seeing the movie, I tend to like the book better. One exception that I can think of off the top of my head is the TV series Game of Thrones. I watched to show first, then started reading the books. I have read only the first two books. I enjoyed the TV show and that is why I decided to read the books. Because I watched the TV show first, I expected to like the show better than the books. However, I think I like the books more. There is so much more detail in books than what a TV show can allow. I also tend to be more willing to watch a movie that looks only so so than I am to read a book that lacks appeal. Case in point, I did not have any desire to read the Twilight books, but after I saw the first movie in the theatre, I ran out and bought the book. (I still prefer the first movie better than the book, btw.) Just watching the previews for Fifty Shades of Grey made me go and read the series. I think that some people are too picky when it comes to watching the movie/TV show adaptation of their favorite books. I am currently enjoying watching the TV series Outlander and even though it is different from the books and NO WHERE NEAR AS GOOD as the books, I can still appreciate it for what it is. That, and I can certainly appreciate Jamie Fraser…his voice, his eyes, his kilt, his bare knees, his, OKAY! I will stop now.