The Boyfriend and I went to the cinema yesterday. 2 for 1 Wednesday is the only day of the week poor people like ourselves can go to the movies and we went to see ‘Gone Girl’. I hadn’t read the book, because I somehow missed out on the hype surrounding it. I can be quite good at that sometimes. I’ve also only recently started watching ‘Girls’, being 3 years late for that party, for example.

Anyway, in case you were curious about my opinion on this very much hyped piece of cinema: I loved it! It was the kind of psychological thriller I really enjoy and even though it was a pretty lengthy film, it kept me on the edge of my seat (and I mean that literally) throughout the majority of it. So if you were thinking of going to see it, I would say DO IT.

Now onto the topic of this post. Book and / or Film?

This post by Girl Lost in the City explains how she was a bit disappointed by the film, because it couldn’t live up to the book. Even though I really did like the film, I completely understand that feeling. I don’t think I have ever not been disappointed by a film adaptation of a book I have truly loved. Except the Lord of the Rings trilogy. They were awesome. 

This makes me think: maybe we should just stick to the book OR the film and enjoy that to the fullest instead of comparing the two. Otherwise disappointment will inevitably follow. Or boredom in case you watch the film and then read the book. For example, after watching ‘Gone Girl’ I can only imagine how good the book must be, but I can’t really read it now because I know what The Twist is, which surely takes away a lot from the reading experience. That is also the reason I stopped watching Game of Thrones. I was reading the books at the same time and trust me, reading a 100 pages on what you have already seen happen in about 10 minutes of a TV series is not THAT stimulating.

Maybe we should stop watching film adaptations of books we have loved and vice versa? (I say this now but I don’t think I could ever resist to the temptation.)  Or maybe we need to view them as two separate messages and enjoy them both equally? (although I don’t think I could do that as I get way to possessive of a book I really love).

What’s you opinion on the matter? Please do tell!



  1. Ik vind het onzinnig om altijd de vergelijking te maken tussen ‘het boek’ en ‘de film’. Het zijn 2 verschillende media met ieder hun eigen kracht.

  2. I agree that if you watch the film adaptation of a book you enjoyed, it is often the case that you will be disappointed. I do get what you say about seeing the film then reading the book can spoil the book for you. Have you thought about having a gap of a number of years between the two may be the solution if you have read many books and seen many films in between. This might distort your memory therefore allowing you to enjoy each for their own merits.

    • That’s true! When you haven’t read the book in a while, you won’t have those ‘but that’s not how it happened in the book’-thoughts spoiling it for you. I recently read The Virgin suicides a few years after I saw the film and I really enjoyed it because the story felt new to me.

  3. This post really made me think! As much as I love reading, I’ve always turned my nose up at the idea of reading the book after watching the film. I feel the same… it automatically becomes a million times less interesting that it would have been in the first place. However, the only book duo that I have read after watching the film was Bridget Jones and I have to say that it did not ruin it for me one bit, although I would say that it was partly because I felt that the story line in the film did not stay very true to the book. This made me think that perhaps, when a film doesn’t stick to the books storyline it makes this decision far easier…?

    • I had the same experience with Bridget Jones actually! Maybe because the book is narrated in a diary style and the film isn’t?

      I wish I was able to just appreciate them as individual creative products, but I never seem to be able to stop comparing. x

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