The Movie Effect
I've been reading the Hunger Games Trilogy this week. I've made it through The Hunger Games and Catching Fire; I'll probably dive into Mockingjay after finishing this post. Honestly, this is one series that I never had any intention of reading. It's not that I was opposed to the story itself; I'm just not a fan of first person narratives (I realize the irony that this blog is basically a first person narrative). So, what changed my mind? Well, my dad is a fan of the movies. He wanted to Mockingjay on the day after Thanksgiving. We decided to rent the first two movies so I could watch them on Thanksgiving and we could have a daddy/daughter date on Friday. I've declined watching the movies before on the off chance that I changed my mind about reading the books. I'm one of those people who always wants to read the book before I see the movie. If I watch the movie adaptation first, then the book is designated as 'never-to-be-read' in my mind. I don't want to read with the voices and looks of actors in my head. After all, a well-written novel plays like a film when you're reading. It is with this mindset that I sat down to watch The Hunger Games. What happened took me by surprise. Before the first movie was even over I knew I had to get my hands on the books. I had to know more about these characters. The kind of details you can only get in a book. If the movies could make me cry then I was sure the novels would have me sobbing. If it weren't for the movies I don't think I'd have ever read this series and I would truly be missing out on an amazing story.
So what about you do readers? Do you read then watch? Or watch then read?