Top Ten Tuesday – I Watched the Movie Before I Read the Book

Posted November 10, 2015 by Bonnie in Top Ten Tuesday / 20 Comments

I’m typically determined to always read the book before I watch the movie, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Here are just a few that I watched first, but would really like to revisit in book form in order to do a reverse comparison.

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American Psycho [Book|Movie]

I’ve had numerous Bret Easton Ellis books on my TBR but this is the one I’ve wanted to try the most. I fear that considering that I now know the ending it won’t make quite an impact but I’m willing to give it a shot.


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Jurassic Park [Book|Movie]

I have adored all of the Michael Crichton books I have read, but Jurassic Park the movie straight up terrified me as a child. Someday I’ll conquer my fears and pick this one up.




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Yes Man [Book|Movie]

I don’t watch a whole lot of comedies to be honest. And I really don’t understand why I love this movie so much, but it makes me bust a gut every time I watch it. Hoping that the book makes me laugh just as hard.


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The Cider House Rules [Book|Movie]

The movie was incredibly heartbreaking making me hesitant to pick up the book. I’ve heard incredible things about John Irving though, so, someday.


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Lord of the Rings trilogy [Book|Movie]

The movies are incredible and the books take some effort, but I’ve heard it’s well worth it. I attempted to read these books when I was a teen and stalled out somewhere in the middle of The Two Towers. I feel I’m finally ready to give it another go soon.


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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo [Book|Movie]

I found the movie (the one with Daniel Craig) to be decent enough, but watching it made me think the books would be vastly better. Someday I’ll dive into this trilogy. They seem like total me books.


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The Green Mile [Book|Movie]

Another heartbreaking watch. I can only imagine what Stephen King did with it for the book. This way of thinking would also apply to The Shawshank Redemption.


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Congo [Book|Movie]

Another one that completely terrified me as a child. Oh wait, that seems to be Michael Crichton’s thing apparently. I’ve been told the book is even better the movie, but isn’t that how it typically always is? 🙂


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The Beach [Book|Movie]

I was still going through my Leonardo DiCaprio phase when this came out. Don’t lie, we all had a Leonardo DiCaprio phase. Just found out recently this was based on a book, so on the TBR it goes.


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Red Dragon [Book|Movie]

I have yet to see Silence of the Lambs but I somehow managed to see this. I’m eager to read this book series as well.. I can only imagine how creepy those will be.


Have you seen or read any of these? Are you like me and prefer reading the book first?

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20 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – I Watched the Movie Before I Read the Book

  1. Ohhh… such a good topic. Because even though I always say “Book first! Then movie!”, I am guilty of breaking my own rule. I wrote a post about this a while ago:

    You MUST, MUST, MUST read Cider House Rules – easily one of my favourite Irving books (and know that the movie only represents about a third of the book – thankfully the movie script was written (or just overseen??) by Irving, so they stayed true to the story.

  2. Oh man, I saw Congo when I was a kid too. I thought it was weird, not that scary and I was really confused how cut diamonds ended up just scattered around that cave. (It probably didn’t scare me since I saw a lot of those old 80’s horror movies before the age of 5)

    I can’t tell you how many times I tried reading Lord of the Rings. I kept getting bored. The furthest I made it was the Council of Elrond, and that was me skipping all the Tom Bombadil stuff. (fyi… I really hate that character, he is pointless and slows down the book)
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  3. I watched the LotR movies long before I read the books too! I think it actually made it easier to read. I hope you’ll like it more when you try again. I read the Millennium trilogy before watching the movie, and honestly hated the movie. So I hope you’ll really enjoy the books. Maybe that’s one I should’ve watched first, then I maybe would’ve loved it too?

    Great list!
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    • You make an excellent point about the books making more sense after watching the movie. Especially with very convoluted stories with lots of characters.. usually fantasy novels, it does sometimes help to have that mental visual to aid.

      I didn’t super enjoy the movie, I think it was very dull in parts and unnecessarily strange. But I saw some promise so I’m hoping to like the books better. 🙂
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  4. There are a few movies I’ve watched before I read the book as well. Like The Hunger Games, The Book Thief and The English Patient and many more!

    • I KNOW. Weird, right? I’ve seen bits and pieces and know quite a lot about it but never sat down and watched it all the way through. Picked the book up at a used bookstore with the intent to read it first because I usually want to watch the film adaptation immediately after but it has yet to happen.

      hahaha Thanks, Tammy! Garp is another one on my TBR but good to know I should go with that one first. It’s always difficult trying to figure out where to start with a brand new author you want to try. 🙂
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  5. I was at a book sale in October and someone stole my copy of The Beach right out of my bag! I was pretty upset about it!
    I couldn’t stand American Psycho. I skimmed ahead to the gory parts because the rest of the book was all Patrick whining and giving every single little OCD detail of his daily regimen. The gory parts were pretty horrible, too.
    Here’s my Top Ten Tuesday

  6. I almost always prefer reading the book first, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. The Cider House Rules is an amazing book. I just saw John Irving on the Colbert show last week, and it made me realize how many of his books I’ve read! I still need to read The Green Mile also, but I finally picked up a copy at a book sale this year, so I guess I’m partway there. I loved the LOTR books as well… call me crazy.
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