Photo of cinema queue by Neil Rickards
1. USE YOUR IMAGINATION
You can use your imagination and create the world you think is being described. You are not limited by someone else’s idea of the story.
2. TEST YOURSELF
You are taking yourself into a new place, and you can test your reactions against those in the book. As John Flynn writes “In my mind, reading is an investment in a story — it pairs the author’s vision with my own imagination — it’s a deeply personal experience. The inverse — seeing the movie first — leaves me with only the director’s visual interpretation of the story.”
3. GET MORE DETAIL
By reading a book rather than just seeing a film you get more information and more detail. Sometimes the author’s voice appeals to you directly [“dear Reader”] which is one of the first things to be cut from the film.
4. TAKE YOUR TIME
You have time to relax, dream over the choice of words and be transported by the author. If it takes you four hours, or four weeks, you can go at your own pace; you are not limited to two or three hours in the dark.
5. NO FALSE EXPECTATIONS
If you have enjoyed the book, you know what to expect from the film ….and the film rarely delivers 10 out of 10. If it does, then it is a rare bonus.
6. TAKE IT WITH YOU
You can enjoy a book wherever you go – sitting in the garden, in bed, or even in the bath (although I wouldn’t recommend that with your library books!)
7. IT STAYS IN YOUR BRAIN
When you have read a book first, it stays with you for longer and as a result you remember it better.
8. THE REAL MCCOY
When you read the book before seeing a film you can be certain that you are getting the real deal. No one has messed up the plot, cut out huge chunks of the story, deleted characters, or changed the ending.
9. STOP AND GO
When you read a book you can always stop to find out more – look up a word, hear the music played, look up the location of a town etc. and then carry on with more appreciation.
10. SHARE THE GIFT
When you have finished reading a book that you really enjoyed you can immediately put it into someone else’s hands with a personal recommendation.
And if you have been too busy with exams lately to do any reading, then reward yourself and have a look at this list of ten books you need to read before you rush out to watch the movies (put together by Karen Rought) these coming holidays.