Why I Avoid Reading the Book Before I See The Movie

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When I’m not watching home makeover shows or ABC dramas, I really enjoy reading a good book, preferably fiction because I already know how the story ends in non-fiction.  I think, like most people, I enjoy fiction because it allows me to explore a whole new world and live vicariously through the characters. We all find ourselves so deeply invested in the story that we begin to visualize it. Then just as our imagination is running wild, Hollywood comes and turns the story into a movie.

Sometimes the movie is great and reflects exactly how you pictured the story. Most of the time they take a few too many creative liberties, like completely eliminating minor yet vital characters or unnecessarily changing the storyline. The strange thing is that sometimes the movie is actually good despite the inaccuracies but you wish you hadn’t read the book so you could have truly enjoyed the film.

For Instance, the movie Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. I actually thought the movie was really good, but I just couldn’t fully enjoy it because I couldn’t get over how they had Lena and Kostos fall in love at first sight, knowing darn well that was not the case.  Or how in A Walk to Remember- the movie, Jamie dies, when in the book there is the possibility that they lived happily ever after. I went into the theater with high expectations for these films. Although, both of these are great movies, reading the book before the movie left me slightly disappointed and hindered my potential for full enjoyment. However, when I read a book after seeing the film, I get to enjoy all the details the movie left out. I feel like I understand the characters better.

I’m excited to go to see The Fault in Our Stars today! I plan to go into the theater with 0 expectations. I will meet new characters and become enthralled with them. Then I will go home and read the book, so I can explore the story just a little bit more.

Which do you prefer to do first, read the book or watch the movie? Let’s discuss it in the comments.

 

How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends

Starting a conversation has never in a skill I possessed. I get all nervous and clammy, then idiotic words flow from my mouth.

Just the other day I was at the grocery store buying some ice cream and some feminine products(the joys of being a girl). As the cashier was ringing up my purchases she said, “oh my gosh I love these”. Since ‘these’ is the plural term, obviously I figured she was talking about the hygiene products. Me being a genius and all, I simply responded “I know they absorb really well”. Before the words were finished flowing out off my tongue I quickly wanted to snatch them back into my mouth.

If I was pale, my face would have been red. Actually I think my face was red. Awkwardness can’t even describe what just happened. I think she was going to tell me she was actually talking about the ice cream but I was way too uncomfortable to continue the conversation. I quickly paid and scurried the heck out of there, wishing the last minute and a half had never taken place.

After that embarrassing conversation I thought it might be a wise idea to read the book I bought from Half Price Books about a month ago. It’s called How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends. Originally I bought the book thinking this may be funny, plus it was only a dollar. Now I realize in my current situation this book is a God send.

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According to the book there are three components to a conversation, body language, tone of voice and words. GREAT! Just my luck, considering I have so much trouble trying to find the right words to say, now I also have to worry about my tone and body language. Hmmmm, that seems like a lot of multi-tasking…

Seriously, I envy the people who can just randomly start a great conversation with anyone nearby. I mean, where did they learn this skill and how can I play catch up? Conversation skills are something that should to be taught in our schools. Hopefully, kids these days wont grow up to be mid 20 year-old’s trying to figure out the basics of a proper conversation.

I mean why do conversations have to be so complicated? That’s the questions of the year. Any ideas? Please share your thoughts below.