“The book was better.”
That’s often the refrain from people who go to movies based on books. I typically tend to agree. After all, it can be really hard to capture everything you get from a book, the nuances, the conversations, into a movie.
I tend to read books before I see a movie. Mostly because I’m just a reader. There are a couple of books I finish and desperately hope will become a movie (looking at you, A Gentleman in Moscow). Then there are others I’m pleasantly surprised to find will become a movie soon (Red Sparrow is one).
But, I also have this weird thing where I purposely don’t read popular books when they come out. Instead, I wait. Sometimes
Instead, I wait. Sometimes for the movie. Sometimes till the buzz dies down.
In most cases, I’m happy with my decision. I didn’t read any of the Harry Potter series until I saw the movies. So, yeah, the plot was kinda ‘spoiled’ but, on the other hand, I was able to envision the people and places in the books as they were in the movies.
This year, there seems to be a motherload of movies based on books hitting the big screens. I’ve seen almost two dozen different mentions. I’m not sure if that means books are hotter this year than in past years. But, I’m kinda here for it.