So I was a cliché reader and read all the Fifty Shades of Grey books by E. L. James. Fifty Shades of Grey deals with a college senior who meets a quirky billionaire while doing an assignment for her friend. The two quickly fall in love but Ana soon learns that her billionaire lover comes with skeletons in his closet. Readers quickly get entangled in their love story and all the craziness that it brings. I read all three books when they came out and decided to read the first one again and watch the movie. Crazy Christian Grey and shy Anastasia Steele were my romance babies and as weird as they were, I adored the love that they shared for each other and I couldn’t wait for it to play out in the movie. I know a lot of people felt that the book was poorly written and yes you did have to skip through a lot of the *uhm* scenes within the book but I actually enjoyed it! So, while I was late in watching the movie, I was still very excited nonetheless. BUT BOY WAS I DISAPPOINTED!! When the movie was over, I was actually angry! I was very disappointed at the lack of compatibility the characters had vs. how you felt they should have been by reading the book. Throughout the movie I kept thinking okay, okay get to the good parts, the true romantic scenes; however I felt they never came. In addition, the movie was very long and I swear only captured the first like 4 chapters of the book… grrr I am getting mad all over again! This book to movie collaboration made me realize that I was a stickler for wanting the movie to be JUST LIKE THE BOOK, it’s only fair right?!
Well, what I found was, there are times when it is okay…
Let’s fast forward to “How to be Single” by Liz Tuccillo. Okay so I read this book while I was engaged! I did get a few brow lifts but the book looked very interesting when reading the description so I went for it. The book is about a 38 year old single woman who is fed up with dating in NY so decides to quit her job and sets off to find out how women around the world deal with “being single in a world that wants you married”. Interesting right?! The reader takes a journey with the main character who meets and interviews different women who help the main character define her vision of love, happiness, and what is considered normal. CAN I GET A YASSS TO A GOOD STORY LINE?! So needless to say, after reading the book I was giddy about this movie! Therefore my now husband and I spent our Friday date night at the movies watching “How to be Single” (he’s a keeper I know! ). Guys the movie was nothing like the book! The movie dealt with a college graduate who decided to break up with her boyfriend and venture around New York City meeting men and enjoying the single life. Uhmmm… what happened to quitting your job, meeting other women, and heck why is the main character in the movie so young!? After the movie I sat and waited for disappoint to trickle in, but it never did! The movie was cute and I actually enjoyed it. Granted I was confused as to why they even said the book and movie were one in the same, because it wasn’t, but unlike Fifty Shades of Grey, it didn’t bother me that much.
So all in all, I really do believe it just depends on how you’re feeling. I went on to read then watch Girl on a Train by Paula Hawkins, Addicted by Zane, Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, and Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson. With each book/movie I went back and forth and decided that I prefer not to watch a movie after reading a book. I enjoyed deciding what each character looked like, their emotions and my perception of them and most times the movies just didn’t do the book justice. So what do you think? Do you prefer reading a book and then watching the movies or do you believe each should just stay in their own lane?