Should People Read the Book Before They See the Movie?

By Ian Madewell

In today’s world of mass entertainment, audiences frequently come across movie adaptations of novels that were written previously. This list includes The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones. Many people have stopped reading as a hobby, and prefer only to see the movies.

This brings up the question to all students at Lee: ” Should people read the book before they see the movie?”

Where some teens say that watching the movie is simply easier than reading the book.

ISA Sophomore Elaine Briseño claims “I find reading to be boring, and movies keep me much more entertained”

Others say that watching the movie prior to reading helps them visualize during reading.

“It depends on the movie,” ISA sophomore Sarah De Lorenzo said. “Some movies are very accurate and may get you interested into reading the book. They also help you see how the story plays out in your head as you read the book.”

 And very few say that you must always read the book before you see the movie.

“Yes,” ISA freshman Victoria Lopez De Castilla said. “It is always interesting to see what the movie company will do to the original story to increase the amount of money they get from the box office.”

The argument rages on, with both loyal readers and avid cinema-goers bickering to the bitter end as to which is superior.


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