May 05, 2009

to watch or not to watch?

I don’t know about you but I love to read. I really do. In fact, if I could spend a day, I’d like to spend it in MPH or Borders, finishing off some book I’ve been dying to own. Though my attention span has decreased over these years, that doesn’t mean I don’t read much anymore. I do; just at a much slower pace.

Unlike my sister, I’m not a movieholic. For me, if I were to subscribe Astro, Travel & Living and Cooking channels would suffice. But that doesn’t mean I don’t watch them movies at all, no. I do, but just later than everyone else.

Recently, I watched The Kite Runner. I hadn’t read the book then when I watched it, and most of the time, my mom was filling me in with the tiny details I was supposed to find out from the book.

When I finally started reading the book by Khaled Hosseini, I was no longer nervous about the ending because I already knew. The element of surprise was basically, already gone. It no longer became a page turner.

Which, for me, was a great shame. Because in all truth, Khaled Hosseini is a great author. In fact, that may even be an understatement.

He uses an element in his book, which I named “variation of words”. Like he says, “maybe it wasn’t meant to be” or “maybe it was meant not to be”.

Funnily, a lot of people happen to think that they are one and the same, but I know that they aren’t. There are other examples in the book, but I guess you’ll have to read it for yourselves to find out.

So, you see, sometimes I am not sure which is better. To read first, or to watch first?

I think that the movie gave me an insight on what the characters look like, but it spoiled my fun in reading.

I wasn’t this upset about watching a movie first when I watched The Other Boleyn Girl and Shopaholic. I didn’t make an issue about it at all.

So why all this fuss, huh?

I really don’t know.


fiqss said...

read first ;)

freespirited12 said...

i know!
for The Kite Runner, i wished that i read it first.

if i read it first, i'm sure i would have cried.

such a bummer my suspense was spoiled.

nnn said...

you should've read the book first. i did just that and felt that the movie just wasnt enuff!

next, read A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author. sedih ok!

freespirited12 said...

i know! i really should have watched it first.

the other book is already at home. but i haven't looked at it yet.

my mom tells me it's too overbearingly sedih sampai tak sampai hati.