Okay, so I’m typing this in a hurry mainly so excuse me if this is a rather short discussion. However, I still did want to talk about this since it is something very important to me, and I feel it affects my decisions and my feelings quite strongly.
So, the question I’m discussing today is : Is watching the adaptation before reading the book acceptable? I’ve heard loads and loads and loads of people talk about how they don’t watch a tv/movie adaptation because they haven’t read the book of it, or they try hard to read a book in time for the adaptation – which is insane to me. Okay – maybe not insane – but it’s just something I don’t understand.
I get that reading a book then watching the movie is good in terms of when you want to compare the two, but I feel like there is some pressure regarding this? And even more than that, as if there is some kind of shame attached to the fact that one hasn’t read the book of the adaptation.
I feel like when watching a movie/tv show adaptation, keeping and judging the book and adaptation separately serves us better. Of course, comparisons are bound to happen when two forms of media originate from the same thing, but judging the movie/tv show in terms of the book is so wrong. Why can’t we just consider the adaptation a separate entity and enjoy/criticize it solely for what it is?
Also, I’ve heard a lot of people complain about how an adaptation often changes a part of the book, and no matter whether the changed part is good or bad, most people simply complain about it. I don’t know about you, but I personally feel that even if an adaptation changes something of the book, it need not necessarily be bad. It can be appreciated as a separate entity altogether.
The whole concept that one has to compare an adaptation to its movie is slightly ridiculous because why can’t you just enjoy the movie as its own thing and consider the book completely separate? As far as I have noticed, not reading the book doesn’t bring down my level of enjoyment of the adaptation even for a bit. Like, I recently watched the TV show of Big Little Liars and I’ve never read the book (mainly because I wasn’t interested after being disappointed by the author’s other novel The Husband’s Secret) – but that didn’t make me any less interested in the TV show and thankfully I watched it, because I absolutely loved it. And I don’t mind one bit that I never read the book – Big Little Lies is like just another TV show to me.
So that was it for my discussion! What about you guys? Do you watch adaptation? If yes, then do you always read the book beforehand? What are your favorite bookish adaptations?