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  Alan Skywalker V
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Still plugging through The Last Lion: Alone and started The Queen's Secret: Catherine of Valois, Mother of the Tudor Dynasty.


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I've started re-reading Catching Fire in time for the movie.
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I'm going to wait to re-read Catching Fire until after I see the movie - if I read a book before seeing the movie, I get way too critical about the adaptation and don't enjoy the movie as much.
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I plan on seeing the movie, but I have no desire of re-reading the books. I still get shivers thinking about how much I disliked book 3.
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@GrandMaster: I re-read the first book right before seeing the first movie and it held up just fine. I am first and foremost a book fan, so I always re-read books before going to see adaptations.

@Darth Skuldren: Mockingjay is still my favourite. Razz

I'm sad that Gary Ross didn't come back as director and I have a feeling that I won't like the next two movies as much as the first because of it... but, hey, we'll see.
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Reepicheep wrote:
I'm sad that Gary Ross didn't come back as director and I have a feeling that I won't like the next two movies as much as the first because of it... but, hey, we'll see.


Early reviews are saying it's better than Hunger Games. I was a bit alarmed when I think it was the director stated they "manned up" Peta for the movie. Wow, way to miss the whole point of Peta.

But I'll withhold judgement until I see the movie.
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Reepicheep wrote:
@GrandMaster: I re-read the first book right before seeing the first movie and it held up just fine. I am first and foremost a book fan, so I always re-read books before going to see adaptations.


It's more for other people's sanity than my own benefit - I read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire right before the movie can out and annoyed my parents the whole way home.
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"Shaken, not stirred, will get you cold water with a dash of gin and dry vermouth. The reason you stir it with a special spoon is so not to chip the ice. James is ordering a weak martini and being snooty about it."


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Cerrinea wrote:
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I'm sad that Gary Ross didn't come back as director and I have a feeling that I won't like the next two movies as much as the first because of it... but, hey, we'll see.


Early reviews are saying it's better than Hunger Games. I was a bit alarmed when I think it was the director stated they "manned up" Peta for the movie. Wow, way to miss the whole point of Peta.

Indeed. I don't like the sound of that. Confused

The way it's marketed looks like it will be more Hollywood than the first one (I really liked the indie feel of the first one, very unique for a franchise movie). The love triangle looks ramped up (it was wisely kept in the background by Ross) and while the violence hasn't been shown, Francis Lawrence says he won't be using shaky cam (some didn't like the shaky cam but I liked it and thought it was completely appropriate) and I hope that doesn't mean traditional action scenes (scenes to make you go "ooh" and "aah"). There are other ways of "uglifying" (thank you, Dufflepuds, for that wonderful word!) the action scenes, but... still. Withholding judgment though.

@GrandMaster: Makes sense. Wink
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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly. Wow.
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Has anyone else taken the Read It First oath?
http://www.readit1st.com/

They don't publish the newsletter they advertise anymore, but it's still fun.
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Never heard of the Read It First Oath. I don't think that's a good idea either. I read Princess of Mars before I watched John Carter and I hated the movie. Had it done it in reverse order, I would have liked both. I generally get more out of it when I see the movie first then read the book, since the book is generally better. If it do it the other way around, I just become disappointed in the movie.

Currently I'm reading the third book in Steve Perry's Matador series: The Machiavelli Interface.
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I usually read the book first, because I find it easier to separate book from movie that way. I can make up my own version of the characters, settings etc. and get a good feel for the themes before the movie taints it. I'm also just a bigger fan of books than movies.
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Darth Skuldren wrote:
Never heard of the Read It First Oath. I don't think that's a good idea either. I read Princess of Mars before I watched John Carter and I hated the movie. Had it done it in reverse order, I would have liked both. I generally get more out of it when I see the movie first then read the book, since the book is generally better. If it do it the other way around, I just become disappointed in the movie.

Currently I'm reading the third book in Steve Perry's Matador series: The Machiavelli Interface.


I disagree with your premise that you would've liked John Carter if you saw it before reading the book. It was bad.
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I've never read John Carter of Mars, but I thought the movie was fun. Not everything has to be The Greatest Film Ever Made to be fun to watch.

I also prefer to see the movie first then read the book. If I read the book first, I'm almost always disappointed by the movie.
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The only reason I disliked John Carter is because they didn't follow the characterizations in the book. I'm generally pretty easy to please when I watch movies, so I think I would have enjoyed it if I didn't have any pre-existing expectations (I REALLY liked the book).
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