These movies that ruined the reading experience?

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1ladyju
Apr. 28, 2018, 6:12am

Hello,

I'm considering reading Pride and prejudice, but I've watched the movies so many times (even the zombie version) that I wonder if it's not pointless to even go forward with the book. I don't have a problem with knowing the story already but how will I build my own images from the story now that all these images from the movies have been fed to me?
Have you experienced the same thing? Do you always go for the books and then the movies?

(please excuse my english, I'm french.
But I read in english)

2chlorine
Bearbeitet: Apr. 28, 2018, 7:27am

One way of seeing this may be: if you've watched the movie versions several times, then in some sense you are into it for something more than the story: the atmosphere, the acting, etc. The book will bring you a different feel than the movie and there's a chance you will enjoy it for the style rather than the story.

I've read La reine Margot after seeing the movie and I did indeed have an image of the characters in my mind, but that did not spoil my enjoyment of the book at all.

3ladyju
Apr. 28, 2018, 10:50am

Thx!
La Reine Margot, such a great book! ( I haven't seen the movie)

4chlorine
Apr. 28, 2018, 11:12am

I think I liked the book more than the movie so in this cas I'd recommend skipping the movie. :p

5avaland
Bearbeitet: Apr. 30, 2018, 5:10pm

>2 chlorine: Queen Margot...was that the movie from the early 1990s? I loved that! I hear they are making a new movie of it.

>1 ladyju: I recommend the books. I ran two back-to-back Jane Austen book clubs at the book store I work at and the readers loved the books at least as much as the movies, often even more.

6chlorine
Mai 11, 2018, 4:45pm

>5 avaland: Yes, this is the movie I was talking about. I'm surprised so many people outside of France seem to have seen it. :) Now you must go and get the book. ;)

7avaland
Jul. 8, 2018, 7:39am

>6 chlorine: I see I can buy a DVD of the older movie on Amazon. I am tempted. I saw the movie back in the 90s in a friend's small art-house theater. He made a VHS copy for me somehow so I continued to watch it from time to time. Back then, a "foreign" film with subtitles would have only been show in certain theaters. I think I saw "Germinal" and "The City of Lost Children" and the three "color" films (red, blue and white?) about the same time.