With all these young adult books now being made into movies, I think it should be a rule that you must read the book before seeing the film. Everyone knows the books will always be better than the movie, so why would you want to hear the story from the filmmaker instead of the person who actually wrote it?

My Fiancé, the love of my life, the man who I have promised to spend the rest of my days with, DRIVES ME CRAZY!! He will not read the books. Since he is a filmmaker he believes a movie should be able to stand on its own apart from the book. I understand that, I really do. But, as I have tried to explain to him, there are so many more necessary details in the book than the film has time to hold. The fans of the books will be able to fill in these missing details and enjoy a richer cinematic experience. Movies like Twilight and The Hunger Games come off as ‘ok’ at best to the uninitiated.

Some of my favorites:

I am a reader. I love books, so I try to read all the books being made into movies. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:

  • Harry Potter – I love these books and I thought they did an amazing job on all the films.
  • The Hunger Games – This is by far my favorite current series. I can read these books over and over.
  • Pride & Prejudice – This classic story has always been one of my favorites and now the film, the one with Kiera Knightly, is my happy movie. It’s the movie I always put on when I need a little happy in my life.
  • Twilight – I really did love these books. The movies however…FAIL!

Up and coming:

I just discovered Ender’s Game not long ago. I was surprised it is an older book; it definitely is one that has and will continue to stand the test of time. They have already begun pre-production on the film adaptation of the book. Among other notable stars, Asa Butterfield (Hugo) will be playing Ender Wiggin and Harrison Ford will be playing Colonel Graff. I am excited about this film. The book was so much fun to read and with the cast they are assembling it’s bound to be fantastic.

I hear they are also making a film based on the book Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. From what I’ve read, Emma Watson (Harry Potter) and Taylor Lautner (Twilight) have signed on to be in this film. I have not read this book yet, but I plan to.

So here’s the rule…read the book before you go see the movie, you’ll enjoy it so much more! If you don’t have time to sit down and read, get the audio book and listen to it in the car on the way to work. Do the author justice!

Do you prefer to read the books or just watch the movie?

Katie Baker

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Katie was born and raised on the beautiful islands of Hawaii. She thinks all dogs are boys, all cats are girls, and all giraffes are French.

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