One of the books I loved growing up was Giant. I was on summer break and it seemed like the perfect summer read, a big, engaging love story set in a place that seemed exotic to me. Texas! (I was living in the northeast and had never been west of Chicago.) When the movie came out, I rushed to see it. Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. What's not to like?
Did I love the movie? Yes. I was thrilled with it. It didn't matter that the movie didn't follow the book exactly, that sort of thing never bothers me.
And Gone with the Wind! A classic. I was thrilled when it hit the big screen and rushed to see it, all three hours of it. It didn't disappoint and I enjoyed hearing my favorite lines from the book. ("I don't know nothin' bout birthin' no babies" and "I'll never be hungry again.")
Mysteries are intriguing to me, and always have been, even before I started writing them. Agatha Christie is a favorite. The books, the movies and the TV adaptations are wonderful.
Recently, I've been re-reading my favorite Jessica Fletcher novels, written by the talented Donald Bain. I enjoyed the Murder She Wrote TV series so much, I knew I would enjoy the books, and I do! Angela Lansbury is wonderful as the intrepid sleuth and the writing is fabulous.
How about you? Do you enjoy seeing a movie when you've already read the book? Or is that a deal-breaker for you? I'm glad that so many of my favorites have hit the screen.