The Hunger Games
It must have been 2019. Hunger Games had been on our Netflix queue for a while and one day my husband said he wanted to watch it. I said sure, even though I knew they were books too.
I was undecided (still am) on read first vs watch first.
He started the movie, and shortly after, I left the room. I didn’t want to watch the movie. Not because I thought it was bad, but because in those first few minutes of the movie I could tell there was so much “more‘“ to the world than the movie was able to tell me. So I left my husband to watch the movies and ignored the movies until I had read the books.
Since then, they have become reasonably high rotation re-read and re-watch for me. I even used them as my first foray into listening to audio books (more about that next week).
But what was that “more‘ that I felt in my introduction to the series?
I still don’t have the answer, but it does form part of the reason that I watch and re-watch and read and re-read. My brain wants to absorb it and make some connection that I know is there but that I don’t consciously understand.
I enjoy audio commentaries and grew up with listening to the Stargate SG1 audio commentaries, so I held out some hope that I could learn from the special features on the Hunger Games discs. Alas, no. They aren’t “bad“ commentaries or special features, but they didn’t answer much (little focus on the process of adapting the books into movies), so I still don’t have that elusive answer that I’m looking for.
Do you have a book/movie/whatever that you consume often, hoping your brain will absorb knowledge?