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I am interested in whether you like to read a book or watch an adaptation of that book. I think I prefer a book because it forces you to use your brain and actually imagine what it's going on, what the characters' reasons are, what is the setting, etc. - even though the number of movies watched is far larger than the number of books read, so far.

 

It's hard to choose, and it's even harder to choose both. I don't know about others, but I don't like spoilers, and once I know what's going to happen, I can't enjoy the book/movie like it would be something completely new.

 

I am a big fan of the TV series Dexter, but I couldn't enjoy the first book from the series that much. It was good, but I knew what was coming next. Fortunately they didn't use too many things from the other books and I hope they don't change their minds. The second book was good, but the third one was crap. Once you start talking about ancient gods awaken or whatever they did, it's crap, especially in a series like Dexter. I've only read the first three books.

 

Anyway... now I don't know what to choose when it comes to other works. For example, I don't know whether to watch The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or read the books.

 

So, what do you prefer and why?

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A book is usually much better.  Guide for example, is much better as a book.
I prefer books, by far, it's my imagination that feels the blanks. Caveat: if the original is a movie, then I would not read the book from the movie; it was originally designed to be completely different experience.
I agree, but there are exceptions: I like Life of Brian better than the Gospels.
HAHAHA!

I like to read a book before I see a movie in most cases.  It doesn't bother me that I know what is going to happen because most of the time the movies tell the story in a different way. 

 

 Example:  The Lord of the Rings. I read the trilogy the first time when I was 13 and have read it again every 2 - 5 years since.  I was excited by the movies by Peter Jackson and I was impressed by how he took the raw story and made really great movies from the books.  Purists hate them of course because he changed things or left things out or combined characters, but to me it was perfect.  I loved the movie adaptations of To Kill a Mockingbird and Gone With the Wind also. 

 

I also go the other way. I have seen movies or TV shows and have then gone to read the book because the movie got me interested.  Most recently I read the books by Val McDermid after watching Wire In the Blood.  It is interesting to me to read the authors vision of the characters and situations. 

 

Sometimes the movie or TV show is better than the book.  I started watching the TV show Fast Forward and got ahold of the book.  The book is boring.  The TV show soon fizzled for me but it was still better than the book. 

Oh, Julian don't bother watching Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.  It is crap.

The books are funny, the movie was not. I agree with Katy.

The movie was decent. I guess I was expecting much more from it. Maybe the books we'll be better. Marvin/Alan Rickman is hilarious!

 

Has anyone seen the mini-series from 1981?

I saw it when it came out, actually. I was in college then. I remember liking the TV series very much.
Book is always better, then see the movie if you want. I have yet to find a decent adaptation of any book that I've enjoyed.

I have yet to find a decent adaptation of any book that I've enjoyed.

 

Point taken: from now on, I'll only watch adaptations of books I didn't enjoy.

Sounds like a plan. =)

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