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?


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