This was recently the topic of a heated debate I had with my husband. Simon and I went to see I Am Number Four over the weekend. I finished the book a few days before, so my mind was filled with explicit plot details.
For most of the movie, I whispered to Simon, "What? That didn't happen like that. That character didn't even exist in the book. Why are they in Warsaw, Indiana? They're supposed to be in Athens, Ohio!"
Yes, I admit it. It was pretty annoying. And that wasn't all. On the way home, I regaled him with every point in the book that was different than the movie. Again, very annoying.
But Simon's thought was that I had brought it all onto myself by reading the book first. He liked the movie, probably because he wasn't aware of how poorly it compared to the book.
Honestly, I don't mind when screenwriters skip scenes or shorten scenes. It drives me nuts when they complete re-imagine scenes or make up new ones or change stupid things (Warsaw vs. Athens.) I personally don't like reading books if I already know what's going to happen, but I don't mind watching movies if I know what's going to happen.
So what do you guys think? Book first or movie first?