Friday 20 December 2019

I Watched The Film First! *Gasps* - 5 Books That I Read Because I'd Seen The Adaptations

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You know the voice that's just like: 'you've read the book, now see the movie!'

...that voice doesn't know me at all.

'I Watched The Film First!' projected on a screen at the front of a cinema

I read a butt-tonne of books. 

Like, I read at the 200-per-year kind of speed.

But I watch loads of film and TV adaps. before I read the book.

You know why?

Well, a couple of reasons ( know, dearest nerdlets, that I can't have just one reason for anything.):

- I don't give a sh**. 

( the nicest possible way.)

Life's too short for me to worry about that level of arbitrariness. (I have no idea if that made sense, but there ya go!)

Not that I have a problem with other people worrying about that stuff, but dude, the less I feed my Anxiety, the better.

- Ain't no-one got enough time to read all those books before they see the adap. 

And yes, I say that as someone who reads at that 200-per-year pace.

- Sometimes I get to the end of the film, and I'm like - 'Wait. That's a book?!'

So, I figured I'd let you in on just a few of the books I've read because of watching the film/TV series:

1. Interview With the Vampire

Tom Cruise as Lestat: Now look, with your vampire eyes
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Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise being sexy Queer vamps.

I first watched this film as a teen - probably on one of the FreeView channels like Film4 - and immediately loved  it.

We were peak-Twilight-craze at the time, and these vamps were SO. MUCH. BETTER. (Sorry Edward Cullen, back of the line!)

So obv., I also ended up reading the amazing book by Anne Rice!

2. Shutter Island

Teddy (Leo DiCaprio) reaching out to his wife as ash falls
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This one's Leo DiCaprio's fault

Damn you Leo, you alerted me to one of my now-favourite authors, Dennis Lehane.

(Although I really wish he'd stop being one of those white authors who use the n-word. Dude, no, not even in context. Just don't.)

3. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Jonathan Strange pulling power from the beach
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I wouldn't even have attempted this 1000+ page beast of a book if I hadn't seen the BBC TV series first.

And honestly? I don't think I would have enjoyed this one as much if I couldn't picture the actors in my head.

Plus, it gets kinda complex!

Alternate histories of the Napoleonic wars including curses, magicians/warlocks, and Faeries, tend to do that! 😅

4. V For Vendetta

V: Who? Who is but the form following the function of what and what I am is a man in a mask.
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This was one of those, 'wait, that's a book?!' films - or, in this case, graphic novel.

Wanna see where Anonymous get their fashion-tips, in a dystopia inspired by Thatcher's Britain? Here ya go!

5. The Ritual

Another of the, 'that's a book?' moments - and, unlike most of the books on this list, the book here is very clearly better than the film. (Imho!)

The film was like - 'that was an OK horror film.'

The book, though? The book was 'HOLY F**K THIS BOOK!' Lol!

Have you read/seen any of these?
What did you think?
Movie first? Or book? Or does it not matter?
Talk to me! 😀💬

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Last updated: 24th May 2020


  1. I am a big fan of watching movies before books. Sometimes with heavier material, it helps me to understand the story better if I can visualize it first. I actually did this with most of The Hunger Games series.

    1. Hell yes! XD There's no way I would've stuck with Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell without seeing the series first! :)

  2. I read Norrell & Strange when it came out, which I think was years before the mini-series. The book was wondrous and also very funny, but then I love big fat literary novels if the voice is compelling. Books like The Historian and The Crimson Petal and The White. I read the Ann Rice book long after I saw the movie. Haven't read or seen the others and don't intend to.

    1. Ha, fair enough. I wouldn't even have attempted Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell if it wasn't for the series - it's soooo long!

      Interview With the Vampire is amazing! I love it! <3

  3. We watched the Jonathan Strange and Dr Morrell adaptation on dvd recently and loved it! I probably won't ever read the book though because big books scare me.
    My favourite adaptation is A Very Long Engagement which is a lovely take on the book and perfectly suits Audrey Tautou :-)


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