Book vs. Movie
In general, I’m almost always on the book side of the book vs. movie debate. There’s just so much more a person can get out of a book, and often times, major things are changed in order to make a book fit for a screen. For instance, having read Harry Potter before I watched it, I understood a lot more and got a lot more out of it. An 800 page book is next to impossible to turn into a 2 hour movie while keeping every single important thing.
However, sometimes making the transition from paper to screen enhances the story. Take Orange is the New Black, for instance. The memoir was okay, but the TV show is amazing. The TV show did what the book couldn’t, and told many more important stories over a longer period of time. A 200 page book has some good information and stories, while a 10-episode season has an abundance.
So, when starting a new series, where should you start? Book or movie? This is a question I often grapple with, and I take it on a case-by-case basis. Harry Potter, I’d say always start with the books. But, Lord of the Rings? It’s a lot to take in and understand and I think watching the movies before reading the books really helps with that comprehension.
I just started Game of Thrones, and I’ve been trying to figure out what to start with, the books or the TV series. I watched the first couple of episodes and was thoroughly confused (it’s a lot to take in), but once I started to understand the characters and plot a little bit, I took a pause and started the first book. The book itself is pretty dense, but I flew through the first 50 pages, having already started my knowledge base.
So, book versus movie – which wins?
Probably neither. I think the answer is “both.”