Musing Mondays (17 August)

Today’s Musing Mondays is… “How do you react to movies made of your favourite books (or even not-so-favourite books)? Do you look forward to seeing them, or avoid them? Do you like to have read the book before seeing the movie?”

This is appropriate, as I’m still sort of avoiding seeing The Time Traveler’s Wife (a review of which will be up tomorrow), since I loved the book so much both times I’ve read it and the clips I’ve seen on the NYT website looked rather unlike the scenes they were meant to represent from the book. You know.

Generally, I don’t much care for movie adaptations of books, though I do tend to read books that get made into movies. In the optimal case, I’ll see the movie first and then read the book, because the book is almost always better (unless it’s just different, which is also a good thing) and I’d rather have that be my second impression of a story.

But then you have things like the Harry Potter series, which I loved and adored and so I saw the movies, and they were sort of okay at first and then they got increasingly terrible after the third one (my favorite because it’s just different, as above). And that discourages me, so I try not to pay good money to see film versions of books I adore and rather wait until I can just rent or borrow them. Then I can just turn them off if I get too frustrated.

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