There are a ton of awesome new movies coming out soon! Like A TON! So how do you sort out which ones to see? I myself am a bookworm, so I prefer to see the movies made from books. HOWEVER, I have a very vivid imagination. I take the descriptions of characters from the books and bring them to life in my head where they live on forever. This can be a curse when you go to see them as a visual object on the screen and they look nothing like the people in your head.

I have a very strict rule for my self that I do not EVER see the movie if I know there is a book first and I haven’t read it yet. That is the exact reason I haven’t watched all the Harry Potter movies, because I haven’t yet read the complete series. ( I am currently on book 5… I’m catching up to the rest of the world.) It is also why I haven’t seen the new Miss. Peregrine’s Home for Pecuilar Children, Gone Girl, the Under the Dome series, and many others that I badly want to see.  I can’t stand not knowing what parts of the book I am missing by only seeing the movie… I feel like I’ve missed out on vital information.

There are benefits to reading the book before seeing the flick.

  1. You get to judge the crap out of the movie. Let’s face it, we all love to secretly or publicly critique every movie we see. Being a reader just gives you extra ammo.  You get to judge the visuals, whether the actor was up to par with your imagination, their casting for the movie in general, and whether the plot sucked compared to the book.
  2. The inside information and secrets. You know things that the non-reader movie goers have no clue about. If they made every movie just like the book they would last for 8 hours or something. For example, Me Before You was an excellent book and a lovely movie, but would I have sat through a Gone With the Wind-long viewing of it? Probably not.  So we have to deal with the fact that they are going to leave stuff out, right? If you read the book ahead of time you miss nothing, and you know SECRETS!
  3. You are just a smarty pants! We all know that reading makes you smarter… soooo go ahead and pick up that book before you see the movie, plus the book is ALWAYS better!

Some recommendations from books I’ve read or heard positive reviews on are:

  • The Shack- by William P. Young

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872518/videoplayer/vi1309062681?ref_=vi_nxt_ap

  • The Circle- by Dave Eggers

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4287320/videoplayer/vi3222058521?ref_=tt_ov_vi

  • A Wrinkle in Time- by Madeleine L’Engle

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1620680/?ref_=nv_sr_1

  • Ready Player One- by Ernest Cline

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1677720/?ref_=nv_sr_1

  • Hidden Figures- by Margot Lee Shetterly

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4846340/videoplayer/vi1121039897?ref_=tt_ov_vi

  • The Zoo Keeper’s Wife- by Diane Ackerman

http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi2949821977?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1

  • A Dog’s Purpose-by W. Bruce Cameron

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1753383/videoplayer/vi3182736921?ref_=tt_ov_vi

  • Gunslinger: the Dark Tower book 1- by Stephen King

(movie info not released yet as of 2-22-17)