I have this rule, granted I follow this rule kind of loosely, but I always try my hardest to read the book before I see the movie.
There are a lot of movies that I haven't seen because I haven't read the book. And very few movies I have seen without reading the book first. My theory is that the book is always going to be better but that if you see the movie first it will change the way you see the characters in the book when you do read it. I would much rather be disappointed in a movie than a book. There are exceptions to this rule. The Silver Linings Playbook comes to mind. I read the book, then saw the movie. I liked the movie better. Don't get me wrong the book was good. I just really liked the movie.
Anyway, this past weekend at the cabin I read The Fault In Our Stars. Keep in mind that I had no desire to either see the movie or read the book until I saw the "fuck you John Green" buzzfeed article. This sparked my interest and so I bought the book.
I knew that I was going to cry before I even started it and warned Josh accordingly. So when he and PJ walked in the door after being gone for a couple of hours and I was sitting on the sofa sobbing Josh just told PJ to leave me alone so I could finish my book (I sure love that man).
This book was like being slowly tortured and still asking for more. I cried for over 200 pages and it wasn't cute tears running down my face crying. I was full blown ugly sobbing. I had to stop reading a time or two just so I could see my Kindle. If anyone had been around to hear me I'm sure they would have thought that something horrible had just happened. I would have had to explain that a book was making me react that way. I was so emotionally exhausted when I was done that I needed a nap. I even cried again, three days later, telling Josh about my favorite quote.
That being said everyone, except my mother and father, should read this book. I'm excluding them because my dad has cancer and unfortunately I'm not sure either of them would forgive me if I did recommend they read this book. It just hits too close to home. Seriously though. Read this book. There are so many life lessons and insights and amazing realizations that it makes all the ridiculous sobbing worth it.
I'm so glad I read the book before seeing the movie. There is no way that this movie can ever live up to my expectations. I'm honestly not sure if I'll ever see it. If I do I know it will have to be by myself because, let's be honest, there really is no way too sob silently.