The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, it was relaunched on February 15, 2013 by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addict. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.
Do you watch film adaptions of books before reading them?
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)
Usually, I try to, It really depends though. Sometimes the adaption looks so good I can’t wait, other times it might be that I know I won’t get around to the book for a long, long time but still want to see how it looks on screen. Often if I watch an adaption first, I end up picking up the book. I do find though that it’s kind of a lose-lose situation. If I’ve read the book a while ago and an adaption comes out later down the line, I tend to enjoy seeing something I liked reading on the screen. But if I hear about the book due to the adaption, I feel like I prefer whatever version I either read or watched first. Other times, however, I’ve seen the adaptation, really enjoyed it, picked up the book, and appreciated both for what they were. Other times I find my view of the adaptation can kind of be clouded if I read the book after, and find myself getting annoyed at what’s been left out.
If I see the film/TV adaptation first, I do try and leave a bit of a gap between the two, as I prefer to come at something with more fresh eyes. Again though, it varies. There’s a lot of shows I’ve seen I’ve absolutely loved, and still have the books sitting on my shelves. I also try and look around to see what fans’ reactions have been, and if others think it’s even worth picking up the book if you liked certain elements of the show (for example, there are vast differences between the graphic novels for iZombie and Lucifer, which essentially don’t have the investigative element). Sometimes I will still read it (as with both these examples, though I haven’t managed to pick up Lucifer yet). For the most part, something I always try to remember is that any show adaption will be its own thing, and may remove or add in elements from the book to help translate it to screen or make it more appealing for a wider audience. Sometimes these changes are good, sometimes they’re not, and sometimes, well, sometimes I discover a new book to fall in love with.