Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Illustration for article titled Tuesday Openthread: Books and Screen Adaptations

If a new book (or comic) adaptation is announced that piques your interest do you go out and read the book ahead of the release or do you wait until the premiere and then fill in the details and compare and contrast?

The big example of course is Game of Thrones and the rise of ‘spoiler alerts’ but obviously this is something that has been going on for time immemorial. If something I’ve enjoyed is being adapted such as when Lord of the Rings was announced I was ecstatic and really was spoiled by that experience. In the intervening years sadly my novel reading has declined to the point I often have not read a book before it’s adaptation.


My first thought was always to attempt to read the book first and get my own immersion to the world. However I also didn’t want to be the person in a group that seems a downer for not having the same reactions as the group with the aforementioned knowledge. Once Game of Thrones came out I officially realized I get more pleasure from seeing the adaptation on screen, and then getting a deeper understanding and fleshing out of details by reading the novel.

With more and more book series being adapted specifically to tv there is yet another wrinkle as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have often deviated from text to fit what is working on the show and what may not work on screen as is often the case with any adaptations. Specifically I think of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in this regard between the books, radio play, BBC adaptation, and eventual movie.

Anyway, what’s your strategy when a new show comes out?

Otherwise, feel free to use this an open thread for anything else on your mind.

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