Like most people, I prefer to read the books before watching the movie adaptations. But there have been times when I’ve watched the movie first, usually because I didn’t know it was based on a book and, although rarely, sometimes because I had no interest in reading the book. Normally, I would feel that there was no point in reading the book after watching the movie since I know how it ends. However, there have been a few times where I loved the movie so much that it made me want to read the book even more!
These are the movies that made me want to read the book!
I absolutely love this movie. I’m not even sure how I came across it, but I’m so glad I did. This movie quickly became one of my favorites which lead me to look more into it, which is how I found out that it was based on a book! Since the books are always better than the movies, I just knew I had to read it! I figured the books had a lot more detail than the movies, and I figured that the books probably had a more satisfying ending too since it was actually a whole series!
Everything about this movie is so good, even the trailer cracked me up!
After watching AND reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, I was left with a bad case of book and author hangover. At this point Douglas Adams had become my new favorite author, sadly he had already passed away, and I had finished reading all of his books. The humor and wit in his books was like no other, and I desperately needed more of it! I asked my friends if they knew of similar authors and one of my friend recommended Terry Pratchett. I looked into his work and found out that one of his books had been made into a two part movie, the movie was Going Postal. Terry Pratchett has a ridiculous amount of published books that I didn’t even know where to begin. So I decided to watch the movie first instead, just to get a tone of what his books might be like. Not even a minute into the movie and I knew I was going to love it. After watching the movie I decided that YES! I need Terry Pratchett in my life! And I went and got myself a copy of his first book “The Color of Magic.” It was magic~
I’m actually watching this movie as I type this post!
Fast forward a year and I find myself…bored. There’s nothing good on Netflix and there’s “nothing good to read”. I was browsing the movie categories on Netflix when a title caught my eye, Odd Thomas. I read the description and it seemed like something I would like. Boy, did I like it. OMG I love that movie. Odd Thomas is one of my favorite movies ever and Odd Thomas is my favorite protagonist too. Even Harry Potter couldn’t achieve that. I needed more Odd Thomas, I needed to know what happened next! Was there a sequel?! Sadly there was no sequel but there was a book, 6 books actually. I’ve now read the first 2 books of the series and loved them both. I can’t wait to read the 3rd!
I need to watch this movie again~
My most recent discovery was John Dies at the End. After watching Odd Thomas for the ~th time, I needed something new. Luckily for me, Netflix recommended John Dies at the End because I had watched Odd Thomas. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched John Dies at the End, It’s been months, maybe even close to a year, and it’s still as good as the first time. John Dies at the End is a bit… weird. So naturally I wanted to know if people had theories about what the hell it all meant. This is how I found out that it was actually based on a book! I figured the book had to be better than the movie and probably had more detail and information, as is usually the case, so I bought the book. I just finished it reading last week and I have to say that I still have no idea what this book is about, and I absolutely love it! I loved single page in this book, so much fun! It did take me a month to finish, but that’s because I’m slow and lazy. Luckily for me though, there is a sequel and I will be reading that too!
Honorable mention: City of Bones. I wasn’t too excited about the books and I didn’t exactly like the movie. But, it was entertaining enough to make me want to give the books a chance.
Are there any movies that made you want to read the book? Does watching the movie first usually ruin the book for you?