Would you read the Novel first, or watch its silver screen adaptation?

Ptrikha By Ptrikha, 21st Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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You watch a movie. Then you come to know that this movie was based on some novel. An alternate scenario could be that you plan to watch a movie based on a novel, or a collection of stories. So, which scenario you find more exciting, or the one which grabs your attention in a bigger way?

Movies based on Novels

Some very popular work of fiction in Novels and collection of stories make their way to Movies. In Hollywood, we have Dan Brown written Novels like "The Da Vinci Code", "Angels and Demons" being made into movies. We also see screen adaptations like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Harry Potter series, many movies based on lawyers and legal cases written in John Grisham's work.

In Bollywood, I can think of Chetan Bhagat's novels like "Night at a call centre", "Five Point Someone:What not to do at IIT?", "The 3 Mistakes of my Life" and now "Two States" being made into movies: "Hello", "3 Idiots", "Kai Po Che" and "Two States". Some decades back we had an award winning novel by Ruskin Bond "Flight of the Pigeons" being made into a Movie "Junoon".
Perhaps it can make a separate article by itself to write about the "silver" screen (or Movie) adaptation of popular(and some not so popular) novels. So, would you prefer reading the novel first and then watching its related movie, or first watch the movie and then check out the novel?

Read the Novel first, and then watch and judge the movie?

Perhaps if one has a keen interest in literature, one might look around for a variety of novels. If the novel has been a best seller, or popular with people, it could be a candidate for a movie sooner or later. This way, one could be well versed with the various characters in the story, their inter-relationships, how the story progresses, their conflicts and what happens in the end.

Wouldn't it be great to see how that maniac person is depicted on screen? Or how a scheming relative of the main female character is played out by a well known actor on the silver screen?
Yes, at times, it could be disappointing to see a story being highly manipulated, commercialized, or as it is said "modified" for a screen adaptation, or actors not playing as per expectations. Yet, it could make for a great viewing, and perhaps a few "Wikinut" article stuff!

Going back to the Novel on which the latest movie you watched was based

I saw a movie "3 Idiots" starring Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani, Madhavan and Kareena Kapoor. It was great to watch and it was a commercial success also(it broke all records in terms of commercial revenue for a Bollywood Movie till the time of early 2010, later broken by some of the Salman Khan movies. I came to know that it was based on a work by Chetan Bhagat :"Five Point Someone: What not to do at IIT?" I read the novel later and came to know that a lot of things were modified for silver screen. Perhaps if I had seen the movie after reading the novel, I would have been more critical about what was being shown on screen, or ranted about why they made this change "X" or "Y".

So, reading the novel after watching the movie perhaps makes us less critical of both the novel and the movie. In certain cases, if the movie has not been well made, we might even give a big thumbs up to the novel.

So, what is your choice?

Literature Buff, or an Arm chair Movie critic? Explore the world of Wikinut and get to know how the readers feel.

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author avatar writestuff
21st Sep 2014 (#)

As a writer, I usually read the book seeing the movie. However, incase I did not get to read the book, I check to see who wrote the screen play and make my decision about viewing based upon that writer's talents. Interesting post.

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author avatar Ptrikha
22nd Sep 2014 (#)

So, any example of a recent Movie based on any novel which you saw?

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

I have read many series before the movie(s) came out -- or I even knew they might. Some include Harry Potter, Divergent, Twilight, The Giver, Hunger Games. Harry Potter's movie adaptation was so disappointing (and only 5 books had been released by that point) content-wise that I stopped reading the books until I was sure all the movies would be done.Hunger Games has been done well, but Divergent was disappointing. The Ultimate Gift movie was so different from the book that it seemed they just coincidentally were written by the same author and shared a title.
But I like to watch the movies because it takes less time and other people talk about the movies they watch more than the books they read (reading reviews happens more online). So if I want to be more socially minded, I will watch the current movies.

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for some very frank views. I somehow expected you to read this article. I have seen you write some book reviews(but perhaps none of the movie ones). I perhaps missed a few screen adaptations(and many I might not be aware of). There is also an Aishwarya Rai Bacchan starrer adaptation of Jane Austin's Pride and prejudice, the movie was "Bride and Prejudice".

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author avatar Ptrikha
23rd Sep 2014 (#)

See this :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bride_and_Prejudice

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Sep 2014 (#)

great stuff...which came first the chicken or the egg...ha!
thanks much for this my friend...

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Sep 2014 (#)

May be on the same lines cnwriter!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Beautiful post and one of a kind too mate, cheers for your one of a kind talent and inspiration!

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks a lot Fern.

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author avatar Natalia Jones
29th Sep 2014 (#)

I always prefer reading the book first.. then you know what changes were made for the screen and you get some subtle nuances that are not always easy to interpret in a screen play.

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author avatar Ptrikha
29th Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for sharing your views Natalia

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