This week’s discussion idea popped into my head because of recent events. I did have another idea planned, but that can wait.
I actually have a lot to say about this one (but when don’t I?) so I hope you guys find it interesting and form your own opinions too!
So here we go!
Where the idea came from
This has actually happened to me recently. I saw the film trailer for Me Before You, and immediately knew I’d watch the film. And then I remembered that it’s a book originally. Now, before seeing this trailer I had absolutely no intention of reading this book. I don’t read contemporaries often (though I’m trying to read more of them now) but I have a sudden NEED for this book. I love the look of the trailer, so now I want to read the book before seeing the movie. And I can guarantee that Me Before You will be in my February Haul at the end of the month, because I’m buying it with my next order – which is soon.
So why did the trailer make a difference?
Well…I guess it just brought the book to my attention really, whereas before I wouldn’t have thought to pick it up.
Every time a new book-to-movie adaptation is released, I see people going out to buy the book so they can read it before watching it. So maybe it really is just that the story was brought to a reader’s attention? Or maybe the trailer took a different spin on the synopsis of the book – while a synopsis might not have interested the reader, the trailer might show them something different from the story.
But isn’t it bad to want to read a book…because of the movie trailer?
In my opinion, no. Not at all.
Sure, you had no interest before. But if the trailer was interesting enough for you to want to go out and read the book…that’s got to mean something, right? It’s almost like you can’t wait for the movie, you just need the story as soon as possible.
Don’t get me wrong, at the moment I have that small sense of guilt niggling in my head saying I should have given the book a chance before the movie trailer, since I saw it so often and just dismissed it as something I wouldn’t like. But that’s not a bad thing. If anything, it’ll make me try a wider range of books in the future…which is actually in the process of happening!
And with the movie coming out and readers flocking to grab a copy of the book before it’s released, that’s only helping the author!
So what do you think?
Is it bad to want to read a book only after seeing the movie trailer?
Should they have tried acknowledging the book earlier, not just because it’s a movie?
Or is this a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to happen?
Should the producers be thanked for bringing the book to a reader’s attention?
Also – has this ever happened to you? Which book?
Let me know in the comments!
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