Fun Do You Ever Get So Engulfed Into A Book........

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  1. High Plains Drifter

    High Plains Drifter The Drifter
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    Honest question Did you ever get so engulfed into a book, it plays out like a movie in your mind?

    If so what book or books have you seen come to life in your mind?

    If the book or series was turned into a movie did it turn out how you pictured it?

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  2. Amyghost

    Amyghost Member: Rank 3

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    Absolutely--in fact, if it's an engrossing book, I find it very difficult not to visualize as I read. The downside is that it's extremely rare for me to see a film/television adaptation of a novel that comes satisfactorily close to what I've envisioned--two of the few that came close to having the characters look almost exactly as I pictured them physically, and also remained very faithful to the story were Howard's End and the 1979 BBC mini of Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.
     
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    Yes, that is the reason I read. A book can take you to anywhere, anytime, any situation. I get absorbed into the story and let me imagination run free.

    One book I read that did get turned into a movie is "The Host". It gets you into the head of one person occupied by two characters. I didn't know how that would be handled in a film, but they did a very decent
    job of it. Like most times, some of the book was cut, however what was used was done well.
    I would recommend both the book and the movie.

    Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, didn't expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

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  4. Janine The Barefoot

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    Totally agree! It's the whole reason I read like a voracious rat! When I want or need to get out of my own life for awhile (for any number of reasons) I climb into a book to do it.

    Three of the series I live in the most are: Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series (set in Chicago Seeker and he uses the city really well), which I have actually spent many hours "casting" parts in my head.

    Also two series by Patricia Briggs: Mercy Thompson series and the other is the Alpha & Omega series. I am seriously caught up in the love stories even though both series are largely set in an urban contemporary, supernatural landscape.

    Finally: the Foreigner series which is some heavy duty sci-fi world-building on the part of CJ Cherrye. Possibly one of the most interesting and character rich series I've ever read and it's centered on an alien planet that a small population of humans landed on by mistake. The linguistic aspect alone is enough to inspire anyone and after 15 books I feel like I'm actually living in this world she has created. As it turns out, the woman writing the series lives on the other side of WA state and is within 5-6 hours of driving for me. Every summer she has a very small "convention" of sorts for her fans and I'm giving serious consideration into trying to get there this summer.

    :emoji_kiss::emoji_dancer: And DBs to death for everyone who still picks up a book to read! :emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers::emoji_dancers:
     
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  5. chainsaw_metal1

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    Most books I read play out in my head, mostly because my imagination runs amok. The worst example was in junior high, when I tried for the first time to read Johnny Got His Gun. I made it four chapters in and didn't go back to it for two years, because I was thoroughly depressed (which was something since I already dealt with depression). When I did read it it knocked me on my ass, because I visualized the whole thing. Strangely, it became my favorite book of all time.
     
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  6. Doctor Omega

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    I read 1984 way back in 1984 at a very impressionable age.

    Room 101, and the world of Winston Smith seemed a terrifyingly real possibility.

    Peter Cushing was brilliant in the old BBC adaption and John Hurt's version with Richard Burton was very good too.

    At the same time, I was reading Titus Groan and the world of Ghormengast seemed fascinatingly captivating to my imagination too.

    I never saw the flop BBC adaption of Ghormengast though.

    One day I will see if they did it justice or not.
     
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  7. Gavin

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    Only every book I ever read.

    Very few books are as good as movies as they are in my head. Lord of the Rings did a great job of casting most of the characters much as I'd pictured them, the story wasn't quite as good as I'd imagined but a pretty good interpretation. Usually once I've seen the movie of a book I tend to picture the characters as their actors.
     
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    chainsaw_metal1 Member: Rank 8

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    This is why I really try to read a book before I see a movie. Doesn't always work that way, but it helps in enjoying the book.
     
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  9. Gavin

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    Yeah I often do that too but often it means I don't enjoy the movie as much. I was very careful to read the novel of Jurassic Park before seeing the movie and was surprised that I ended up enjoying both immensely. I've also made a rule for my kids that they can only see the Harry Potter movies after they've read the book for each movie. My eldest wasn't happy about it but finally understood when he'd seen Goblet of Fire and was disappointed in how much they left out. He's now happy to continue reading the books so he knows what's going on in the movies.
     
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    I ended up seeing the first Harry Potter movie before I read the books. I immediately went out and got the first three books, and loved them. I still love the movies, but, like your son, I get quite upset about the things they left out.
     
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