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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Before or After?

A little back story: I have a nice little group of friends that I have made in my Biology class this summer. Three girls, one guy, and me. We are slightly crazy and though we have an age span of 10 years, we can all talk about anything. From our teacher not realizing the dirty things she says to the crazy things we do over the weekend. 

Yesterday we got to talking about books and their movie adaptations. One of the girls recently watched Divergent for the first time (and yes she loved it) but did not read the book before hand. This sparked a huge debate between the five of us as to whether you should read the book first before reading the movie. 

Reading the books first allows you to create your own characters, see their depth and use your imagination instead of having everything pre-perscribed to you. 

However my friend said that watching the movie first allows you to not judge it so harshly if it was a disappointment compared to the book. I have to agree on the fact. 

So my question is, would you rather read the book first or watch the movie? Do you want to see your own vision or have it handed to you? Do you want to not judge the movie adaptation so harshly because you have nothing to compare it to? 

What do you do? 

Personally, I ALWAYS read the book first, well 99% of the time at least. 

-Shawnee Smith

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