When I was younger, I hated books. I didn’t understand the concept of spending hours upon hours reading a 300+ page book when I could simply watch a 2 hour movie version of it. I also didn’t understand how people could get so excited over books that were going to be turned into movies ex. The Harry Potter Series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The trailers for both of these movies seemed interesting enough, but nothing to get that excited over. I felt out of the loop. It was almost as if these people were a part of some secret club that could only be joined if you read. So that’s exactly what I did. I started reading.
That was five years ago, which brings me to today. I was aimlessly scrolling through my twitter feed,
as I usually do when I’m in a reading slump, when I saw this.
As a fan of The Mortal Instruments series, I got frustrated when I saw this person, who hadn’t read the book, tell me she really want to watch the City of Bones movie. I feel like a child who has to share her secret hideaway to a person who won’t appreciate the little details or hidden quirks. This is for any popular book to movie adaptation. In my head, all I can think is, “I’ve been waiting years for this movie to come out, get in line! No, you can not go to the midnight showing. Stop!” Or when a person tries to convince me the movie is better than the book, I can’t help but cringe and bathe in books for the rest of the day hoping I will be cleansed of such indecent thoughts.
Yes, my attitude towards people who do not read the book before watching the movie is borderline pretentious,
if not fully pretentious, but I can’t help it. These books are like my babies and it’s my duty to protect them from bad movie adaptations, bandwagon fans, and ugly movie cover editions. I also feel the need to help people realize how much they’re missing out by not reading the books.
And after going through much of my childhood not reading, I now understand why people were so skeptical about going to movies with me when I had not read the books. I wouldn’t have understood all of their inside jokes and nit picky details, which brings me to my next point.
Some books are just not meant to be turned into movies. It seems like every book is being turned into a blockbuster film these days. And at first I thought, “No way! They’re going to make this into a movie. I wonder how they’re going portray this character, get this super power to come across clearly, and add in her inner dialogue.” But after watching several disappointing book to movie adaptions, I realized they were never going to add in those “small” details- not for this movie or any movie for that matter.
Tell me how you feel in the comments. Am I the only who feels shafted by people who don’t read the book before watching the movie? And what do you think of all of these books being turned into movies?