Books Before Movies: Spend Some You Time!

‘Ello poppets! Here’s some more Opus love for you!
I think the value of reading a book before a movie has been grossly underappreciated. What am I talking about? Why do you need to read Hunger Gamesfirst before watching the movie? Maybe because some of the best parts are in the book, and the atrocity of the hunger games themselves are better stressed. The book has themes that the movie cannot capture, as the movie only has 90-120 minutes to keep you captivated. Another example (and I know you’re tired of hearing this) is the love of Harry Potter. YOU’RE MISSING CORE CHARACTERS IF YOU DO NOT READ THE BOOKS! My roommate actually started playing Pottermore (admit it, we’ve all gone on just to see what house we’d be in), and she is now talking about how she needs to read the books because she had no idea how much the movies cut out. Ladies and gentlemen, Dobby has a female house elf friend. I know you want to read that! There are so many books made into a movie that we do not even think about (or we do but we don’t care). Some of the most popular, recent ones are Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Gatsby, A Winter’s Tale, Great Expectations, Divergent, Mockingjay, The Hobbit(any part), and so many more! Take some time to think about what made the director want to keep which scenes from the book, but that would mean you have to read the book first! It’s so easy to get caught up in all the homework we have to do and all the obligations and extracurricular activities we signed up for; however, it’s okay to take some time for yourself and curl up with a good book. I actually forgot how exciting it was to read for pleasure instead of for a grade, so when I started a book this summer I was up for 36 hours trying to finish it! It can be so much fun, and it’s what made us get into the love of art and literature anyway. To make it more rewarding, you can go see the movie of your recently read book with your friends and get your social time in too! Think critically, read hard core, and watch some Leonardo DiCaprio, because it is so much fun (and hey, you’ve earned it!). Much love from Opus!

P.S. Our deadline is Saturday, Sept. 20 by 11:59 pm. We have our first meeting on Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 pm in Lubbers 224! Come one, come all and get ready for some fun! 

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