The other day, my roommate and I were arguing about movies. Mostly the Harry Potter series. Her argument is that these movies are brilliant, and the books are even better. Personally I did not really enjoy the Harry Potter movies that much. The first one was not bad, but all the others didn’t really impress me. I realize that the book is usually better than the movie, but I’m not sure if I should waste my time reading the series. The storyline and some of the characters just do not interest me.
Is this book worth reading? Or will it be similar to the twilight series, where both the books and movies fell short.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
A popular question for any book series that has been recreated into a movie, is whether it’s worth reading the book, when you could watch the movie in a shorter amount of time.
Personally, I have only once seen a movie that has been better than the book, which was a very rare occurrence. I would always recommend to read the book and watch the movie, because it is two similar, yet different experience’s. When looking at the hunger game series, there are many differences between the book and movie, which in my eyes make the book better. The main difference is that in the book the point of view is from Katniss, and in the movie the point of view jumps from person to person. Having the point of view from one main character makes the story much more focused, and detailed. There are many other details throughout the book that are different from the movie. I really did love the movie as well, but I think it would be worth it to read both!
I also do recognize that everyone is different in how they use media. Some people are visual learners, and enjoy the experience of watching a movie over reading the book. Others are read-write learners and get a better experience reading the book.
I would recommend to do both, if you think you would enjoy both ways like myself.
Let me know in the comments if you prefer books over movies!
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.