Movies: A Book’s Worst Nightmare

 I try to see movies before I read the book. This seems counter-intuitive to a lot of people, but let me explain.

I get really attached to books. The story, the characters, the little moments that only seem to work on paper. A movie changes all that and, sure, it may be great in it’s own way, but if I walk in expecting what I read in the book, I’m disappointed 99% of the time. The only exceptions I can think of off the top of my head? The newest version of The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe and A Walk to Remember. However, if I see the movie first (for example, the newer version of The Count of Monte Cristo) I can appreciate the cinematic qualities of the movie and then fall in love all over again with the book.

Thinking about it makes me wonder if I’ll be able to let go of the rights to my books when I’m published some day. Will I be able to trust some screenwriter and director to mold the story I’ve created into something worth seeing? Right now, I’m not sure, but I guess I’ll have to jump that bridge when I come to it.

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