Meg Rosoff’s HOW I LIVE NOW has been recommended a billion times over by various Internet people, but I just couldn’t pick it up. The cover makes it look BORING. It’s so plain. What am I supposed to take away from that cover? It doesn’t really hint at the conflict and awesomeness that is presumably inside. I say presumably because I still haven’t read it.
I saw the movie starring Saoirse Ronan. I know. I, too, prefer to read the book before seeing movies with literary sources. But it was a movie night and the trailer looked interesting and my husband agreed that it looked good, so we rented it. I loved the story. I instantly regretted not picking it up previously.
The conflict? Now, when I read it, my imagination will be limited to those actors and how they portrayed the characters. I’ll know all the big stuff that’s around the corner. Basically, I spoiled myself on a book that I really would’ve liked. Ugh. Good job, me.
I’ll still read it eventually, but I’ll be kicking myself the whole way through I’m sure.
Have you ever regretted watching a movie before reading the book? Been turned off to a highly recommended book just because of its cover?