I’m always hesitant to see a movie before I read the book it’s based on. I feel like I’m cheating the system and breaking bookworm code. The movie is never as good as the book, but you can still love an adaptation. A movie can influence you to read the book. As readers, we know that many details in a book are left out of the adaptation, so when we watch a great adaptation, it makes us want to go read the book to find out what we missed.
For example, this past weekend, I saw Everything, Everything, and while it was obviously a film that was more focused on a relationship, it made me want to know more. This book was specifically written so Nicola Yoon’s daughter could see herself represented. It centers around a multiracial relationship, which is something that Hollywood and the publishing industry haven’t really touched on. It’s important for young kids to see themselves in movies and books, which is why I want to read Everything, Everything now.
Growing up, I didn’t have a Princess Tiana, a Starr Carter (The Hate U Give) or a Maddy (Everything, Everything). Seeing someone who kind of looks like me on screen and in literature is important for me, even now as an adult.
I will definitely be reading this book and you should pick it up too! Not only does a movie increase the sale of the book, but if you haven’t read the book, the movie can influence you to!
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