This morning, I was talking to my friend – the film buff (let’s refer to her as that for the time being) about the new movie everyone is raving about – Life of Pi. I have seen the trailers and I really, really, REALLY want to watch the movie. But I’m still reading the novel and do not wish to spoil it by watching it and finishing off the story within 2 hours.
Now, film buff friend said that it would make sense to watch the movie first and then read the book. Since the movie has a lot of nice effects. She also said that since I haven’t read the book yet, I would not compare it to the movie (and in the process crib about the scenes they have changed or the lines they have altered or even the parts they have missed). She is a dear friend – and knows much more about movies than half of all my other friends put together. I trust her judgement on movies. She also has a lovely blog where she has reviewed the movie.
But at the same time, my logic does not seem flawed to me. The book was written first. It is meant to be read first.
Even if I don’t follow the chronological reasoning, I know once I watch the movie – even though it isn’t a suspense thriller, I would know how it goes. The ending is not my concern. But for every good book – I enjoy reading through it! It is like the saying goes “The journey matters, not the end”.
I would probably like reading it once more after I have seen the movie – in case I miss something the first time around. But if I don’t? What if the magic just ends there. And I come across thinking Pi Patel is the guy on screen. To me, Harry Potter has never been Dan Radcliffe. No matter how much I liked some of the HP movies. The characters in the movies have not always stayed true to my imagination. And I just chose my imagination over that of the directors.
Not to mention the fact that I will end up not finishing the book if I watch the movie first. And will wait for 2 years to forget most of the movie before I can pick up the novel again.
But maybe she makes sense too? A true film buff she is!