Have you ever read a book simply because you saw the movie? Or maybe heard about the movie and wanted to read the book first? What about TV shows?
I usually decide to see a movie based on a book because I already read and enjoyed the book, but sometimes I’ve done the reverse. I saw the movie Water for Elephants first, and enjoyed it so much that I got and read the book. I suppose this can apply to Harry Potter too. I finally read the books in 2012, after all the movies were out. I don’t think I started reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels until after I started watching True Blood.
….This is how I stumbled upon the Twilight books and the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I saw Twilight the movie first and that prompted me to read the books. I saw the very first trailer for Fifty Shades and that prompted me to read the book. Both books I thought I would not like, but I read them all straight through, simply devouring each book. Seeing the previews for the Longest Ride is making me want to read the book, but I have not done so yet. Will? well, seeing as how the movie is due out soon and I do not already own the book, probably not. I plan to see the movie, though.
I watch a lot of movies. Sometimes without even knowing they were based on books first. And the good movies have always led me to read the book afterwards. The first one that comes to mind is Possession by A.S. Byatt. I simply loved this movie. And the book even more. Other movies that I read first include Twilight (yes, I know, I was late to that party), Atonement (LOVED both the movie and the book), Inkheart (how do you not love a movie/book about books that come to life), and Austenland (because every girl into Austen dreams of actually living in Austen’s world). I love watching Austenland so much, I’m sharing this with you.
I watched North & South last weekend last weekend on Netflix. I’ve just added it to my to read list. As I haven’t read it, I can’t really (yet) recommend the book. But the mini series? I definitely recommend that.