Decisions…Decisions. I Need Advice.

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This is so me.

I need advice:

On a rack of movies this morning at Walmart I noticed that one of my favorite books had been made into a movie – and I didn’t even know it! I confess, I missed a lot of things while living in India from 1999 to 2011, things like: The Bizarre Rise of the Kardashians, entire series of TV shows with cult followings like Lost, Alias and 24, as well as pretty much everything in the video game and cell phone arena.

However, according to Netflix, this movie came out in 2013. Obviously a straight to DVD situation.

 

 

So here is my dilemma – when you love a book and it has subsequently been movie-ized (esp. when you are pretty sure it’s been made into a made for DVD/B movie) do you risk tainting the memory of your beloved character to watch it, or do you pretend the whole thing never happened and move on with your life?

Inquiring minds want to know. I.e. me.

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16 thoughts on “Decisions…Decisions. I Need Advice.

  1. No! Don’t do it. From the way you ask the question, it’s clear you already know the answer anyway. If the book was great, the movie will disappoint. I challenge anyone to come up with a legitimate counter-example.

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  2. Perhaps seek out some reviews. It is possible that others who liked the book have seen it, and have weighed in on the question. All you will be out will be some search time. Since you read the book, you already know how it ends – so spoiler alerts should not be an issue. 🙂

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  3. I might look at the actors involved and see if I know them from anything else. After I saw the original Star Wars movie (which I loved), I read the book. I was glad I had seen the movie first or felt I would have been disappointed in the movie.

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    • It is a book called “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koontz. I’ve always liked his writing but it can be dark and graphic, weird and creepy at times, you must take into account that recommendations from me are from the same person whose favorite show is The Walking Dead. FYI.

      However, I just finished his most recent book called “Innocence.” I loved it. For most of the book I wanted to turn to the last page and figure out was going on and I’m so glad I resisted! Then when I did find out I wanted to throw the book away and cry BLASPHEMY! But I stuck with it and I’m so glad I did.

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  4. The only reason I’d watch the movie adaptation of a book is to help me visualize the setting and the characters.
    I love when I watch the movie and find that I imagined it just as it’s pictured (eg.Harry Potter) and I enjoyed reading the Hunger Games trilogy after the first movie cos now all the characters had a face I considered perfect. Then I didn’t want to watch any more of the movies, the books were all I wanted.

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