I’m normally not too fond of fantasy fiction. Novels about swords and dragons just aren’t my cup of tea. And while I can appreciate their significance, “The Lord of the Rings” epics leave me cold.
But lately I’m surprised to find I’m enjoying the new HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” which is very much about swords and, to some extent, dragons. I’ve even considered checking out the books, by George R.R. Martin, on which the series is based.
Which brings up an age-old question: Is it better to read a book, then see the movie it’s based on, or the other way around.
I’ve long felt that reading the book should come second. Watching a beloved story unfold on the big screen is almost always disappointing. Too many times, stories I’ve loved have been turned into sub-par or downright awful movies. On the other hand, if you enjoy a movie or TV show, and then you read the book, you may already know most of the plot twists, but the pages usually hold more of what you liked about the movie.
But that’s my theory. What do you think?
When it comes to books, is it better to read a book first, or to see the movie or TV show that’s made from the book? Have books you loved been turned into bad movies? Are there movies that are better than the books that inspired them?