Many people favour reading the books before watching the film adaptations. I don’t have a strong preference. While sometimes I make sure to read the book beforehand, other times I just watch the film and then read (or not) the book afterwards. In fact, I discovered a couple of my favourite books thanks to their adaptations. There are at least four films that I watched before picking up the books.
Directed by Joe Wright and released in 2007, Atonement was the film that introduced me to the work of Ian McEwan. I read the book (more precisely the Portuguese translation) shortly after watching the film at the cinema. Set in different time periods, the story starts in 1935, when Briony is rehearsing a play. She misunderstands the relationship between her older sister Cecilia and Robbie, leading her to want to atone for her actions.
Pride and Prejudice
I also watched the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen before reading the book. I know that not everyone is a fan of this film, directed by Joe Wright, but I love it and have watched it many times, since a friend recommended it to me more than a decade ago. The plot is well known. Mrs Bennet is eager to marry her five daughters. Elizabeth, the second eldest, is intelligent, playful, witty and believes that she is a great reader of characters, although she sometimes judges people without knowing all the facts. One of them is Mr Darcy, who struggles to overcome his pride.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The first film in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson, made me want to read the books by J.R.R. Tolkien. To be honest, I enjoyed the films more than the books. We are introduced to the hobbit Frodo Baggins and the other members of the fellowship of the ring, whose aim is to destroy the One Ring.
Never Let Me Go
I still haven’t read Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, although I enjoyed watching the adaptation directed by Mark Romanek. It focuses on the lives of three friends who went to a special boarding school. I don’t remember the details of this dystopian and science fiction story anymore, so it’s probably time to finally read the book.
Which film adaptations have you watched before reading the books? Tell me in the comments!