There are dozens of questions I could ask in the much discussed debate of movie verses book. The one question I always go back to is, which is more influential? By that I mean does reading the book first make you want to see the movie version more, or does seeing the film make you want to read the book more?
I usually stand behind my always read the book first rule, but broke that rule and watched (technically rewatched) the Jurassic Park movies before seeing Jurassic World. While the movies brought up feelings of nostalgia, I wasn’t overwhelmed with a need to read Michael Crichton’s novels. That isn’t to say I wouldn’t read Jurassic Park one day, just that the movie didn’t make me want to read it.
On the other hand, when I hear a book I’ve read is going to be turned into a movie, after the initial period of disgust wears off; I’m genuinely excited to see that movie. I’m driven to know if I’m going to end up loving or hating the film adaptation and I get fearful for my favorite minor characters. I’m instantly invested in how the movie will represent the book.
So, for me reading a book first means that I will end up seeing a film version of that book, but seeing a movie version first does nothing to motivate me. Is it the same for you? Let me know in the comments below.