[QUOTE=Harvest]I just saw a commercial announcing a star-studded production of this on HBO next month.
I also saw the movie Mystic River. What do you all think of spending time reading books that you have already seen on TV (vs. reading new stories)?[QUOTE=Harvest]
Normally I would read a book before seeing the movie but there have been a few cases that I do the reverse. I can say without exception I always prefer the book.
I read Mystic River and saw the movie almost immediatly thereafter and while I wasn't exactly disappointed, I kept making inevitable comparisons. It's the same with countless others......The Horse Whisperer, White Oleander, The Pilot's Wife, The Weight of Water, yada yada yada.
As far as seeing the movie prior to the book............well it all depends. I had House of Sand and Fog on my shelf for months, finally saw the movie and decided that if I do read the book, it will be later simply because I have other "new reads" I'd like to experience first. I just recently read A Time to Kill but did see that movie, albeit it was several years ago, and the details of the movie had become foggy.
That being said, if Empire Falls is released as a motion picture, I'm sure I will see it. Same with DaVinci Code. I just have to let go of the concept of the inner dialogue I love so much with the books and enjoy the movies for what they are!