Aside from riding the bike, hiking mountains and spending time here sharing stories with you, I am also an avid reader. If I am sitting, I am reading. If I am standing in line I am reading. It’s been that way since the 4th grade will be so forever. Shoot, if by some off chance I end up at the pearly gates someday, I’ll probably be reading the Kindle waiting for St. Pete to call my name. (Somehow I think it will be a LONG wait, better sit by a power outlet….)
Today though, I was reminded why I like to read the books before I watch the movie (or the series…
Today, in between a VERY hectic day (fingers of fire I tell ya) I was helping a friend and co-worker understand the background of the Game of Thrones.
I have read all the books, and I am
chomping at the bit waiting patiently for the 6th book to be published. Because I did not have HBO, I was always a season behind the show until this year when I was able to watch it when they aired. I like being caught up.
editors note: HBO has done a pretty damn good job if I say so myself.
My friend, though, has not read the books, and there have been large gaps between watching the seasons she watched. She is in the middle of 4th season right now and had a ton of questions. I won’t bore you with them here, but the lady kept me hopping for an hour.
And this is why I love reading the book first. There are over 5000 total pages in the G0T series so far. There is no way all the information in the book can be covered in 10 episodes a season. In fact, I am currently rereading the first book, and I have picked up on things I flat missed the first time through.
This is the only reason I could answer her questions.
I have heard some say that reading the book ruins the movie for them. They already know what is going to happen, so why watch? I am the other way. I love to see if my imagination comes close to what is portrayed. Plus, I am able to fill in the info that is left out.
Some books/movies, don’t need this. Sadly I read a book by Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One, then watched the movie. Yeah drivel is drivel, I missed nothing. Water for the Elephants, the book gave a lot more info and was much more entertaining than the movie, but both were pretty bad.
But on the ones that matter….
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Yes, you could go and watch the movies and get it. Without reading the books though, starting with the Hobbit, as good as the movies were, you will never truly understand true history of the conflict.
Steven Kings the Stand and IT were two of the best mini-series I ever watched. But again, both were so much better after reading the books. I was able to fill in gaps for those who watched it with me.
A more recent example? Hunger Games. Some people were offended as all hell to have a movie about kids killing each other. Had they read the books, they would’ve understood the politics and back story behind the games. It wouldn’t have made it any less offensive, but at least they’d’ve understood.
Plus, with rare exceptions, the book is ALWAYS better than the movie. NOT Last of the Mohicans. A great movie with Daniel Day-Lewis, but even though a classic, I did NOT like the book.
With knowledge though, must come restraint. On the Game of Thrones, I have to be VERY careful what I say. My discussions are much different if I am speaking with someone who is only a TV watcher, or someone who has read the books. If I am not careful, I will be spoiling it for others!
So yep! I will continue to read whenever I can before I watch. Next on the list is Monuments Men, read the book, now time for the DVD.
And if you are not afraid of some gore and nudity (OK maybe a lot of both) then I recommend both the books and the HBO series! Game of Thrones is truly a masterpiece of literature!