Read the book first, then watch the film

I beg to differ with Akshita Nanda's column Watch It First, Then Flip The Pages" (Life, Sept 19).

The book has to be the standard, and thus read first, before the movie comes out.

In the case of one of the most prolific and best-selling authors of our time, Stephen King, the books have always come first and the films much later.

Most of his best books are found in the earlier part of his career, especially in the 1980s.

An outstanding example is It, now the No. 1 movie in Singapore and the United States. The book came out in 1986, the TV mini-series in 1990 and the movie version this year.


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As the book is the original work, it has to be given priority. Afterall, it is the book that maketh the movie and not the other way around.

Manoraj Rajathurai

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 23, 2017, with the headline 'Read the book first, then watch the film'. Subscribe