books or movies?

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books or movies?

kawigrl kawigrl
would you rather read the book or see the film
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book, comics etc
32
movie/films
31
usually do both
63
Total votes: 126 (110 voters)
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01/19/2011
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Sammi Sammi
If it's something I haven't read yet, I'm okay with seeing it first and then reading it - I find I will sometimes enjoy both (I did this with Harry Potter), but if I've read it and then I see the movie, it's almost always a big disappointment (almost everything Stephen King wrote that is horror fits here, as well as lots more). Usually if I've read it, and enjoyed it, I try and avoid seeing the movie.

There are a few exceptions, of course, but in general I'd rather read the book. I'm a total book hound
01/19/2011
UnknownGirl UnknownGirl
Usually do both. I love to read, but I'm also a very visual person. And one of our hobbies is seeing movies.
01/20/2011
Gallowraven Gallowraven
I seem to be the only one that prefers the movie. unless it is erotic, then I will read the story.
01/20/2011
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by kawigrl
would you rather read the book or see the film
I like to watch the movie first, then read the book to compare. It's rare that the movie is better.
01/21/2011
BadassFatass BadassFatass
I like to read the book first and then see if the movie matches up with my imagination.
01/21/2011
Eliza Eliza
Always books, and if I like the book a lot I might watch the movie to compare the two.
01/21/2011
C4ss C4ss
I enjoy reading the book first and then watching the movie, even if it's only to see if it matches my imagination. It usually doesn't, though.
01/21/2011
gone77 gone77
I tend to prefer to see the movie first then read the book. Usually when I read the book first, I'm almost always disappointed in the movie. I've been disappointed too many times before.
01/21/2011
Kayla Kayla
It honestly depends. I'd much rather read a book in almost any situation (since I usually dislike movies), but sometimes movies are what I end up watching with the boyfriend.
01/22/2011
Alura Une Alura Une
Read the book. I don't watch movies almost at all. People really don't believe me, but I see maybe 5 movies a year. I have come to dread book-movie transitions.

Similarly, I read more manga than I watch anime, which usually comes in TV episode form. There are so many weird manga being turned into shows. Often, these are dumbed down quite a lot, too.

I strongly prefer the experience of a book. I can (maybe) make a tale closer to the author's vision. Or I at least prefer my own version. I can't stand move/TV conventions, distracting soundtracks, things taken out or injected for weird reasons, actors chosen for their fame or whatever.
01/22/2011
married with children married with children
i like reading the book better then watching the movie. hollywood screws up the story when they turn it into a screenplay. But with 2 younger kids, a home business and work, who has the time to sit down and read a book. I can find the 1 1/2 hours to watch the movie, but not the 10 plus hours to read the book.
01/25/2011
smirthy smirthy
I'm laaazy!!
01/26/2011
mmike1900 mmike1900
I like books, but honestly, there are way too many books adapted to film to actually catch up.

Just give me the movie! (Unless the book is really really really really good)
02/05/2011
liilii080 liilii080
Gotta read it first. I don't catch a lot of movies but books are easy since I love to read before bed.
02/06/2011
*HisMrs* *HisMrs*
I gotta read it first too! The books always seem to be better than the movies and seeing the movie first ruins it for me!
02/06/2011
SexyTabby SexyTabby
Books usually have much more in them then the movie provides so if it's good I'll do both.
02/06/2011
sixfootsex sixfootsex
I love books far more than movies, but I enjoy seeing adaptations. I'm not somebody who screams blue murder when they make "cinematic alterations" to the story. They're different animals, and I can appreciate both.

That being said, if I'm heavily invested in the book, I may not see the movie. (GOLDEN COMPASS!!!! BAH!)
02/07/2011
slynch slynch
I love both! The last few years I have read 50-60 books a year. I also have about 4-500 DVDs.
02/20/2011
Solar Ray Solar Ray
I am not really heavy into either but my partner "literally" reads 100's of books a year so she more than makes up for my non-literary ways.
03/02/2011
sexyintexas sexyintexas
Quote:
Originally posted by kawigrl
would you rather read the book or see the film
I like reading the book then seeing the movie
03/02/2011
bobowaxer bobowaxer
If it's something I know I want to read AND watch, I gotta see the movie first as I'm usually let down by the movie version if I've read the book.
03/07/2011
zeebot zeebot
Books first! But then I'm rather mad about books.
03/07/2011
*Ashley* *Ashley*
Show me the movie!
03/10/2011
Ajax Ajax
If the boyfriend will watch the movie with me then the movie, but I usually go and read the book after anyways. So both I guess.
03/10/2011
IrishLassie IrishLassie
Im an avid reader, so I would take a book any day! But I still like to watch movies.
03/13/2011
Stephanie Marie Stephanie Marie
I prefer books! But I will watch them in movie sometimes. But they are so much better in book form. Plus after I watch the book as a movie it just ruins it for me.
03/14/2011
freshbananas freshbananas
Both!
03/14/2011
Elias McLovin Elias McLovin
I like to do both, though I prefer to read the book. Usually for me the movie ends up turning out pretty good, though I've found the best way to enjoy a movie based on a book is to expect that they might change some or a lot of things. Though I do get really irritated when a company totally screws up the chance to make movies of the sequels just to cash in on a popular book. *Glares evilly at Eragon*
03/16/2011
slynch slynch
I try to read the book before seeing the movie.

I also like reading books that continue stories from the movies. (Star Wars for example)
04/16/2011
Total posts: 70
Unique posters: 66