You hear about an upcoming movie adaptation of a book you've not read (but have always wanted to), what do you do?If I am really interested in a book, I usually try to read it first before its movie adaptation is out because:
1. Sit tight and wait for the movie because you're too busy to read the book/plain lazy/the movie would be a good substitute.
2. Run out and buy/borrow the book asap and read it before watching the movie adaptation.
3. I don't watch movie adaptations, books>movies.
A) I want the full experience that the movie might not be able to give. After watching the Harry Potter movie franchise, I was so glad that I actually read the books first. The movies just did not do the books any justice (I still love the movies though) and I don't blame people who have seen the movies and are not inclined to read the books. I might have been one of those people had I not stumble on those books before the movie deals were discussed :O Since then, if a book to movie adaptation (that I am interested in) is due in the theatres, I try to read the books asap! There are just some emotions and inner monologues that can never be properly translated from paper to screen, you know?
B) Its fun to compare the book to the movie. I can even annoy whoever is catching the movie with me by saying nerdy comments like "Omg they totally skipped that awesome scene in the book!" & "Urgh the book was so much better. #booknerd4lyfe" Admit it, you do this too! :P
C) Its hard for me to get into a book AFTER I've watched its movie adaptation. I recently read (or rather listened) to The Giver by Lois Lowry after I watched the movie and since it was so similar to the movie, I felt like I did not get to enjoy it as much as I would've had I read the book first. Its one thing to watch your imagination come alive on the big screen but it takes away something from the reading experience when you already have visuals while reading the book. Does anyone feel the same way?
If I happen to watch the movie adaptation before I read a book (because I am a cheater), there is a high chance that I will not read the book anytime in the near future. I will usually wait a few months/year(s), when I've forgotten most of the movie, before attempting to read the book. (and by then I would've most likely forgotten about the book. heh.) But of course there are some movies that I felt were good enough on its own and/or I just don't feel like reading the book after watching the movie adaptation because it sucked.
Does watching a movie before reading the book affect your reading experience? or would you even read the book after watching its movie adaptation?