Meme: Musing Mondays (on a Tuesday)

Posted 18 August, 2009 by Li in Meme / 1 Comment

Yeah, I’m a bit late this week with the Musing Mondays (stuff came up yesterday that I had to take care of) but here’s my answer nonetheless:

Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about movies …

How do you react to movies made of your favourite books (or even not-so-favourite books)? Do you look forward to seeing them, or avoid them? Do you like to have read the book before seeing the movie?

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It really depends. I guess my usual reaction is scepticism, particularly when it’s just announced that they plan to make a movie out of a favourite book of mine. I try to keep an open mind about it though, especially if the interpretation that’s brought across the big screen by the director is a unique one or an interesting one (or if they did a good job at condensing without losing the core of the novel—LOTR being my prime example here). However, if I start hearing that massive changes are being made or certain cast members don’t embody the characters I read, I get even more skeptical. I usually end up watching anyways just to see what they did with the novel, try to keep an open mind at the interpretation that’s being presented from book-to-movie. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t (Eragon comes to mind as an example of a not-so-good/downright bad/Jeremy Irons was the only good thing that came out of the movie adaptation).

I don’t necessarily have to read the book before I see the movie but it would be nice. Sometimes I find out after the fact, which is okay (Master and Commander is an example of such instances) but I do try to read the book first (The Time Traveller’s Wife being the current situation here) 🙂

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