It Happened to Me: I Didn’t Like the Movie Because I Read the Book

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.

Tips hat,


By justpearlythings

I am a writer, a lover, and a believer in the good things in life. I write about mental health and wellness, along with book reviews and fashion opinions. My blog caters to thoughtful, growth-minded women and men, and offers insights and personal challenges that provide a space for relevant, meaningful connection. The World Wide Web is vast, it contains multitudes, and so do we as people. I believe that through self-awareness and honesty, we create a more loving planet for everyone. Feel free to follow this page and share it with friends and family. Love, Pearl


    1. Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for asking and yes I can in my next posts 🙂 Were you Moree interested in how it plays into my everyday life or is there a specific question you had in mind? Thanks again 🙂 Pearl


  1. Both! I am interested in real life stories situations techniques etc. I want to live vicariously through you if that makes sense. Thank you!


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