The Source Material

Books are being turned into movies at a staggering rate lately. In 2017 alone, there are expected to be around 26 novels adapted, either for the big screen or streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. As an avid book reader, it’s nice to see. Unfortunately, there are two primary thoughts on adaptations:

  1. My favorite book will be ruined!
  2. Why read the book since I saw the movie?

Casey Neistat, a film maker and prominent YouTube creator, released a video not too long ago wherein he mentioned the book, Ready Player One. It’s set to be released as a blockbuster movie in 2018. In the video (shown below) he essentially pleads for viewers to take the time and read the book before the film is released.

Why? Once the movie is released, no one will be talking about the book.

This thought resonated deeply and pushed me to go back to the source material. As you might expect, I did, in fact, grab the audiobook version of Ready Player One upon Neistat’s recommendation. I did the same when learning that a new version of Stephen King’s It would be hitting theaters.

On the other side of each novel, I realized there are hidden gems that could be hidden the the film version as easter eggs. Those are meant to be rewards for the people who did the hard work of reading the book! This is what we should be talking about instead of griping that the movie was nothing like the book. We have a special insight that the other people in the theater aren’t going to have. It’s quite the honor, right?

In the end, I think it’s important to enjoy the source material. Don’t forget where it all started.

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