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To get annoyed when people suggest I should 'watch the film' when I'm reading a book?

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BasinHaircut Tue 20-Sep-16 07:29:40

Why do people assume that you would rather watch 2 hours of (usually) poorly adapted screenplay, when you could read what is a fabulous book?

I have a bit of a think about books getting made into films etc as I think the films are almost never as good. I accept not everyone reads, but seriously, why would I want to watch a film of a book I'm really enjoying?

BlackeyedSusan Tue 20-Sep-16 07:31:02

just tell them the pictures are better in the book.

BasinHaircut Tue 20-Sep-16 07:31:04


brittabot Tue 20-Sep-16 07:39:35

blackeyedsusan grin

I usually like to read the book first and then watch the film version but there have been some OK books made it into great films, and vice versa.

I want to watch the film version of The Girl on the Train as enjoyed the book. So as you're entitled to your preference but they're entitled to theirs, YABU.

acasualobserver Tue 20-Sep-16 07:44:51

Explain that you invariably prefer the book to its film version. Not worth getting annoyed about.

Starsinthedark Tue 20-Sep-16 07:46:36

I know, this annoys me as well although I know it's irrational.

scootinFun Tue 20-Sep-16 08:17:08

I think it's just conversational filler - if you're resent the book you might like the movie.

scootinFun Tue 20-Sep-16 08:19:55

Geez, reading not resent

ComtesseDeSpair Tue 20-Sep-16 08:21:57

Surely they assume you could do both? Perhaps you didn't know there was a film and they're letting you know about it. Read your book then watch the film if you like.

Film is a totally different medium to literature, so I don't believe there's really such a thing as one being superior to the other - although of course individually there are good adaptations of books and bad ones.

Lovestonap Tue 20-Sep-16 08:24:38

I'm always scared to watch the film if I've really enjoyed the book. I absolutely loved the film 'One Day' but have heard mixed reviews about the film and don't want the book spoiled for me.

I think people do just want to make conversation though, so treat it as a conversation opener. To my mind it's a lot less annoying than 'good book?' another innocuous piece of chit chat.

I think I find most annoying the fact that someone would start a conversation with me if I'm obviously engrossed in a book!

Lovestonap Tue 20-Sep-16 08:25:24

grrr edit

loved the BOOK 'One Day'



BasinHaircut Tue 20-Sep-16 08:26:11

Maybe it's because I'm not really a fan of films in general. I hate the cinema. I'd rather sit alone and read a book than sit in a room full of other people chewing, watching a film.

Just been thinkin about good adaptations of books. The Swedish version of girl with he dragon tattoo I quite enjoyed actually. I think it's giving a story the Hollywood treatment that I don't like either.

I can stomach the Harry Potter films mostly too, apart from Goblet of Fire. That one makes no sense if you haven't read the book.

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