There ought to be a word for this phenomenon, a word like spoiledisappointed that means the feeling you get when you watch a movie of a book you’d read, and you can’t watch it without going, “That doesn’t happen in the book!” every five seconds.
It happened to me with News of the World. I finished reading the last chapter yesterday morning and immediately downloaded the movie version. I was so excited all day long, and waited till sunset to hit play. But I had gotten my hopes up for nothing because I did not enjoy watching the movie!
This was a shock to me because I loved the book, so I assumed that I would love the movie. What would be better than seeing the movie version of Captain Kidd and Johanna’s story? I imagined I would feel transported even deeper into the 1870s Texas world, but I just kept noticing all the differences and feeling blue that I’d finished the book.
I think it’s better to wait a while to watch the movie of a book I’ve just read, because then it becomes an unnecessary competition. For example, I generally love re-watching any Jane Austen movie adaptation, but I read all her books a long time ago and it’s easy to watch the movie as a stand-alone story (albeit a story I know by heart.)
So maybe I’ll watch Tom Hanks as Captain Kidd in a month. I did buy it for twenty dollars on this smart tv I’ve got here.
I will say that I sobbed reading the last part of the book. I highly recommend it to anyone seeking an adventuresome story about an unlikely pair, that has a decent ending (I don’t want to ruin it.)
Is my curiosity about Comanches and 1800s satiated? For now, yes, but I can’t wait to learn a new thing about the time period, especially in things that happened in the wild wild west.