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Old 07-21-2009, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I suspect that this is something seldom done. I don't think I've ever done it, that I can recall. What is it like to read a book after you have seen the movie?

I do remember that the movie "Out of Africa" came out while I was in the process of reading it aloud to my 7-year-old son. We went to see the picture in the middle of reading the book. When we went back to reading, he asked me to skip the sad parts.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:27 AM
 
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Yes, read The English Patient after seeing the movie. The book has a lyrical quality. The movie has striking imagery. They were different, but each had strengths and weaknesses.

I've read many biographies after seeing movies, and they are usually strikingly different. I was familiar with Isak Dinesen before Out of Africa came out, so it was interesting that the romance was so much a focal point of the movie, because I'd always felt from her books and interviews and so on that her love affair was with Africa the place.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Pinellas Park, FL
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Yes, the notebook!! Ahh I hated the book.

However, PS I love you- The book was much better.
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I suspect that this is something seldom done. I don't think I've ever done it, that I can recall. What is it like to read a book after you have seen the movie?

I do remember that the movie "Out of Africa" came out while I was in the process of reading it aloud to my 7-year-old son. We went to see the picture in the middle of reading the book. When we went back to reading, he asked me to skip the sad parts.
Can't speak (type) for anyone else, but I just posted in another thread about three books I read after seeing the movies. LOTR, Chronicles of Narnia and What Dreams may come. Forgot until this minute that it was the same with the Harry Potter books - saw the first movie before I ever started buying the books. There are others that I'm not sure which came first for me, movie or book.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:06 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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yes the secret life of bees I saw the movie and then bought and read the book . awesome both of them I mean dakota fanning , queen latifa , aleisha keys , all the actors and actresses in that movie were cast perfectly for the parts and the movie was awesome and so was the book . there were parts in the book that were not in the movie which is par for the course . but yeah this was the first time I had ever done this watch the movie before reading the book .
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:24 PM
 
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I may have read 'Under the Tuscan Sun' after seeing the film. At any rate I enjoyed both.
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:30 PM
 
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May people will tell you to read the book before watching a movie.

This is mis-guided advice. You will like the book (if it is the type of book you are in to) and hate the movie (not totally, but disappointed) for not living up to the book. How could it?!

So to answer you question, I always read the books after watching the movie if possible (all Micheal Crichton movies/books, LOTRs, unfortuately not Harry Potter). I also recommend it to anyone else, the best order is movie, then book, you will like them both.
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Old 07-22-2009, 10:38 AM
 
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Several...Thorn Birds..not sure if "I,Claudius" counts as a movie.. Shogun.. and then all the rest of James Clavell's books
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I saw "Less Than Zero" and then read the book. I remember the movie. I don't remember the book. I saw "Duel" and then read the short story. I liked the movie, better.
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Old 07-23-2009, 03:44 AM
 
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I see your point, but often the movie does not even exist before the book; I'm not about to wait around for a studio to obtain rights,let alone put together a film.

After I saw This Boy's Life and realized it was a true story, I felt compelled to read Tobias Wolff's book, which was, like the book, both heartrending and fascinating.
"It was 1957. We were driving from Florida to Utah. After my mother was beaten up by her boyfriend, we got in the Nash and high-tailed it for the uranium fields. We were gonna get rich and change our luck, which hadn't been so hot since our family broke up five years back."

I am pretty sure I read The Green Mile *after* seeing the movie.
I enjoyed both, though they were emotionally tough on me.

DC at the Ridge, you are one of the few people I've heard of who did not dump on the movie version of The English Patient. It's almost become de rigueur to show tremendous disdain for that movie (perhaps the Seinfeld influence). I read the book and disliked the stream-of-consciousness style, but actually loved how the film was done. But I always felt very alone with my opinion.
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