Being a huge fan of books, of course, it’s going to say, you should read the book before/or at least as well as watch the film. But why do so many people constantly ignore this advice, I mean if anyone knows best on this subject, it’s those that have actually read the books as well as watch the films right? So why do people continue to do this, well I’m guessing it’s to do with time, money and general lack of interest in reading, all very valid points, so I’m going to give some reasons why you definitely should read that book.
1. Better Character Descriptions
So we’ve all seen Twilight, don’t lie to me. Whether we like it or not, we’ve seen it. In the novel, many characters are portrayed quite differently, um hello, did you see “Victoria’s” strawberry blonde hair? Yeah, that was actually meant to be flaming red, to represent her fiery aggressive personality. But in all seriousness, this happens a lot and it’s a shame because the characters in the movies are rarely better than those in the books. You’re definitely given more personality description, which helps you understand the plot more, there is a reason authors go into a lot of depth with their characters, it’s part of the story, if you bugger that up then your buggering the entire plot.
2. Important Scenes CUT
This is an obvious one, but honest to god it’s so important. It’s understandable that when making a 2hr movie out of a 100,000-word tome, you’re going to have to be slightly ruthless with what you keep in and what you throw out. But what gets me is, directors often cut out important details that are imperative to understanding the story, and then all the moviegoers think ‘Ahh this is rubbish, I don’t even understand it’. In all honesty, what really gets my goat though is the fact they replace these scenes with scenes of their own making that weren’t even IN the novels, they even do this with characters and you’re left thinking, why did you put that in when you could have put the original scene in and made it fantastic! Fuming.
3. Plot Change
Let’s face it, this has got to be the worst one going. When your favorite book is turned into a film and given a completely different ending. Not only does it not make sense for watchers unknown to the novels, people assume that’s how it was supposed to end and are completely put off the film franchise and the books because they think that it’s rubbish. Nooo, this isn’t fair to anyone, I can’t imagine how the authors must feel seeing their brilliant novel completely destroyed and then people blame them for the crappy story.
4. Directors Perception
Most of us have heard about directors and authors having it out with each other because the director’s vision for the novel is completely different to what it was meant to be, quite recently this happened between E. L James the author of ’50 Shades of Grey’ and the director of the movie. It was in all the good movie magazines and some mainstream celeb mags. The feud between the writer and the director over artistic vision. I mean come on people, people read those books for how they were portrayed in those books by its author, not by a director that wants to get all artsy on it.
5. Actor/Actress Bad Screen Connection
Again this is another one that crops up a lot. When making characters real life, the actor/actress has to be able to portray their relationship with other characters perfectly. Unfortunately, because the real word isn’t as easy as that and actors and actresses often lose professionalism over quarrels with other members of the cast, it can sometimes be difficult to cast two perfect characters that will get along with each other in the way they are supposed too. And unfortunately, you can often tell on the screen when that mojo isn’t there, ruining the characters and ultimately, the movie. So if you read the book, at least you know that those characters actually get on beautifully, in fact, there relationship is so perfect, you want it for yourself.