I am faced with a problem. Some might not think it’s such a big deal, some might even roll their eyes, and say, ‘For the love of God Ash, get with the program.’
However for all you book lovers and movie freaks out there, I am positive you will relate.
About eight months ago a friend of mine told me about a book she was reading. “Impossible for me to put down,” she claimed. Speilberg is making a movie out of it.
On the strength of her recommendation I bought a copy, of the book, took it home and placed it on my bedside table.
I seriously did intend reading it, but the likes of Steven King, David Lagercrantz, Noel Streatfeild, Belinda Alexandra, Julian Fellowes, John Grisham, Dick Frances and Helen Rappaport, got in the way.
Two weeks ago I received a nasty shock, I was watching TV one night when an add came on advertising the movie Ready Player One. I jumped out of my seat and said, ‘What the hell?’ They can’t release that. I haven’t read the book yet.
The following weekend I took up the novel, thinking I was on top of it. Within days however I became ill with the worlds worst cold and it was all I could do to stumble from bed, let alone read. Now it’s a week later, and oh boy!
I am not a fast reader, nor do I want to be, I like to savour the storyline, soak up the characters, not rush through things and miss half the plot due to being too hasty.
What am I to do though. The movie has started, and I’ve still got pages and pages to go. What if I can’t finish the book before the movie is taken off screen. Should I see it anyway?
In my opinion the book is always better than the movie. As a reader you form a closer relationship to the characters, not to mention a clearer picture in your head.
Take the Harry Potter series for example. The movies were good, but the books were brilliant.
I am hoping Ready Player One will run for at least six weeks. If that happens I will be able to knock the novel off before the movie expires.
Let me ask you this, would you see a movie adaption before finishing the book?
NO WAY MAN…IT WOULD RUIN THE ENDING
Three Week Later
The above photo was taken by me inside the cinema.
Having now read the book and seen the movie, which did I think was the best?
I enjoyed them both, but for different reasons.
The book revealed more personal details about the characters. I could feel their excitement, joy, anguish, horror and happiness on a deeper level.
The movie of course had amazing visual effects. At times I felt as if I was almost lurking in the Oasis myself.
One has to hand it to Steven Spielberg, he sure knows how to make a movie.
Lastly if you have read the book, make time to see the movie. The storyline from book to movie varies, so you’ll get a few unexpected surprises.
If you have time please respond, I would love to hear your opinions.