February 14, 2013

Book vs. Movies


As I read a book I have a picture in my head of what I think the characters look like, what the setting looks like and so on. Do you do the same thing?

I often read posts on blogs where people as what star do you think would be good in this role? I have a hard time with this as I never see a star in the role of the characters I am reading about. What are your thoughts? Do you pick someone famous as the characters or do you have your own vision?

Another thing about books being made into movies, do you read the book first and then watch the movie or vice versa? Personally, I think I would almost prefer to watch the movie first. My reason is because some of the movies I have seen have been disappointing to me as they don't follow the book, they change things or the feel of the movie is not what I got from the book. There have been a few exceptions for me and that is Gone with the Wind, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Help. So how about you? Do you have a book that was turned into a movie and the movie was just as satisfying as the book to you? What is the book and movie?

Have you seen the new fad with books? They now have trailers for books just as they have trailers for movies. I must confess that I have not watch any yet. The reason being as I said before I like to have my own vision in my head of who the characters are, what they look like and where the story takes place. Also I don't see how you do a live trailer on something in print that does not have a visual to it only what you visualize in your head. I guess I am still old school on this point. How about you? Do you watch the trailers? What are some of the good ones you have come across?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this issue. 


  1. Great post!
    I think from the first book I read as a child I pictured it in my mind. I don't know if I was taught this, or if it just happened. I do know that this helps people to love reading. When the story becomes not just words but a picture in the mind, then nearly if not all the senses are affected.
    On rare occasion I choose an actor to be the person of the story I'm reading. For example the Ian Rutledge character in the mystery books by Charles Todd, to me would be played very well by Jude Law.
    I prefer to read a book first, then see the movie. Last fall I read The Hobbit, Les Miserables. Then saw the movies. I was disappointed in The Hobbit movie, but loved Les Miserables the movie. I loved both books.
    I've watched a few book trailers, mainly because the publicist or author wanted me to post it as apart of my review.

  2. If I see the movie, I don't want to read the book but if I read the book and like or love it, I definitely want to see the movie!

  3. It doesn't matter to me which actors play the characters in the movies or which actors the authors choose to visualize those characters. Because, when I actually sit down to read the book, I almost always envision my own hero and heroine. Sometimes, I will look at the book's cover and try to envision the person on the cover in the story, but I always go back to the my usual visions. Does that sound strange? Maybe, but it works for me. I am glad I am wired that way. And even though I envision the same faces, those characters always seem to take on each new books personalities. Hope this made sense.

  4. Good question! =)

    I havent watched any of the new book trailers yet..Im not sure if I would like them or not...I do have a image of what the characters look like in my mind while Im reading the book, and maybe seeing the trailers might change that?