It’s been a while since I’ve done a Read then Watch, but there are some good books and movies that have come out recently. Two of these recently released films are Gone Girl and The Fault in Our Stars. Because there’s a lot of hype around the films, I wanted to point out how great the books are. Then, of course, there’s The Great Gatsby. Of all the Gatsby films that exist, I would qualify the 2013 movie as a recent release (2013) since the first one came out in 1926 as a silent film. What are you reading then watching?
Read/Watch Tie: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a read/watch tie because they were both highly enjoyable. I went to the theater with high expectations because I found the book highly engrossing, but I left very satisfied with the way things played out. I can’t say too much without revealing major plot points and spoilers, so I’ll just say that I liked both the book and the movie. Since the story is so gripping in both the book and film, you will be on the edge of your seat either way.
Read: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, then watch the movie. Whatever you do, you’ll cry, so you might as well read John Green’s words between tissues since they are perfect and spot on. The way Green crafted his sentences made a world of difference. The story, the quotes, the emotions…the book takes you into a world that the movie couldn’t quite capture. That said, I did still have an emotional response to the movie, and it was well done.
Read: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, then watch one or all of the movies. It’s no surprise that this classic book has inspired many other art forms to retell the story, but in this case, I’m specifically talking about the films. Because so many different versions have been made, it’s interesting watching all of the movies once you have read the book. Seeing the 1974 film compared to the 2013 film is quite a contrast, but at the core of them all, the Gatsby story remains. I highly recommend reading and enjoying the book first.