If you’re a fan of movies from books then you’re more than likely someone who has argued at one point or another that books that are movies should be read first (or not).
Well I’m going to argue that you should read the book before seeing the movie based on the book because…
There Are No Dreadful Miscasting’s
Don’t you hate it when you see movies from books and the characters just don’t look right? Or maybe they look like you pictured them but they can’t act for anything. Well if you read the book first then you definitely won’t have a problem with the cast of characters running around in your head.
It’s the Best Kind of Therapy
If you’re like me, then you’re an escapist reader. Sitting down with a good book will take you away from the woes of life for a little bit and allow you to jump into another world. Reading books that are movies first will only help with this because everything is new and exciting.
You Can Think For Yourself
Movies from books don’t force you to think for yourself. You’re pretty much told and shown everything you’re supposed to believe. But with a book you can draw your own conclusions and solve mysteries on your own without the movie telling you what’s what beforehand.
The More You Know, the Better
Often times with movies from books we miss a lot of the little details along the way. Such as the background of the world, the characters, relationships, and what certain characters are thinking. But these little details can round out the whole story, so reading the book first will give you the upper hand.
Money and Time are No Objects
Movies based on books have time frames and money constraints. It’s only natural. As much as we want movies from books to come to life, only so much money can be spent on doing just that. With books that are movies, the sets, costumes, locales, and actors cost nothing, so picture things any way you want to.
The Story Becomes a Part of You
As much as I love curling up with a good movie on a rainy Sunday afternoon, at most a movie will take up a couple hours of your life. But a book can be spread out for days and often times a book will stick with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
You Don’t Have to Play the Telephone Game
Remember playing the telephone game as a kid? One person would give a message to the next person, then the next, and so on. By the end the original message was way different than it was to begin with. When you read books that are movies, you get the story first hand from the person who first told it.
With Imagination, You Can Use It or Lost It
Just like muscles and math, if you don’t exercise something, then you’re at risk of losing it. Imagination is the same thing. It’s why adults tend to be much less imaginative than children, because we lose it over time. But keep on reading and working out that sexy imagination, and you’ll have it with you forever.
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