When I say books vs. movies I don’t mean which one is better. I’m mostly thinking about adaptations. You know Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, The Lord of the Rings, etc… I firmly fall into the camp of never ruin a book by seeing the movie first. The same is true for television shows. I was already a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books before True Blood started to air but I read A Game of Thrones, at a good chunk of A Clash of Kings before the first episode aired because I knew the series was airing soon. I happily grew up loving books more than television. I rank a good story by how quickly I can disappear into it.
Not having cable for most of my childhood and not doing anything for summer vacations meant that I had a lot of time to occupy myself and I did things like; read, craft, and write. Tv was a much too limited medium though my favorite network in childhood had been PBS. That and my father owned a lot of movies. Some of which I loved to watch with him and somewhat did my best to hide from.
Reading meant for few hours at least I would be transported to a different world and a movie no matter how good or how beloved, I am always watching from the outside. That same feeing when reading would have me thinking I was reading a bad book. So in my life books always win. It likely doesn’t hurt that I am a fast reader and can get through most novels In a few hours. Case in point I just finished the Hunger Games trilogy in 3 days of Commuting.
Reading is something I could do all day everyday and I would be happy. I also tend to love series likely because of how fast I can finish a single book. I have become invested in the characters and alway want more. The Dresden Files, The Hallows, Anita Blake, Mercy Thomson, Percy Jackson are all series I enjoy. On the same note of not ruining a book it always saddens me when a movie tears out what made a book great an instead washes it out so it barely resembles the source.
The worst offenders are the films where it feels they held the novel, waved it over the script and assumed that the essence of the book somehow made it into the movie because the chars share the same name. I can love things independently of the source material, I’d have to or I would never be able to watch a comic book movie adaptation.
Also as we come to the week before Vogue Knitting Live I’ve had a package arrive that contained my spindle from the knitting shop on etsy. I’m very much looking forward to learning to spin even if it is at 8am on a Sunday.