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Read the gunslinger or TDT books before the movie?

Discussion in 'The Dark Tower' started by Hill lover35, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    Hi all just wondering if I should read the books or at least the gunslinger first before I go and see the movie or go into the movie with a Fraser and opean mind

    And I hope that king gets a portion of the merchandising..
     
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  2. Spideyman

    Spideyman Uber Member

    Which ever way you decide- keep in mind, the books are the books-- words as written. The movie is the movie--adaptation.
    How you visualize a character in the books, may well be entirely different than how the movie will portray them.
    Personally, I would read the books, take the journey. It is life changing.
    When, if you go to the movie, sit back and enjoy the entertainment.
     
  3. carrie's younger brother

    carrie's younger brother Well-Known Member

    Amen!
     
  4. AnnaMarie

    AnnaMarie Well-Known Member


    The books are the books-- words as written.
    The movie appears to have nothing in common other than a few names.

    Read the books. They are amazing.
    See the movie if you can see it as completely separate and not at all related. (I don't expect that I will see it, but I'm not protesting it. I just do not think that I could watch it and not scream at the screen. :) )
     
  5. danie

    danie I am whatever you say I am.

    Read the books.
     
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  6. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

    READ THE BOOKS. I'm going to see this movie the way I should have seen the film The Shining when it first was released: as a totally separate entity that really has not much to do with the books, other than character names and possibly some scenes. I hope to not be disappointed this way like I was after I walked out of the theater after seeing The Shining. I was like 'WTH did I just see? They left out so much of the book!'. I do hope that I will be blown away by the story, actors, and special effects!!!!
     
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  7. GNTLGNT

    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...my man speaks wisely!!....:yes_pig:
     
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  8. prufrock21

    prufrock21 Well-Known Member

    Unless you're reading a screenplay, the book will come before the movie. I recommend reading the book first, as The Gunslinger is arguably Stephen King's masterwork. Read the book, then enjoy the movie. What could be more natural?
     
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  9. Steffen

    Steffen Well-Known Member

    What my friend here says.
     
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  10. Hill lover35

    Hill lover35 Well-Known Member

    Right. O.k. I will read the the gunslinger first. No way I am going to get all 8 of the books read by july
     
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  11. skimom2

    skimom2 Just moseyin' through...

    Won't make much difference, since the movie is going to deviate quite a bit from the books. Remember, it is NOT telling the book series story. It's a different journey to the tower.
     
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  12. mal

    mal Well-Known Member

    It shouldn't matter. It's like comparing MacIntosh apples to crab apples. Both are apples but quite a bit different.
     
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  13. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    Here is an idea. Get all The DT books and read them, read them at your leisure, soak them in, enjoy every word. Do not worry about this "Movie" right now, or in july. Just read. Then when you have completed the journey, and are now able to look back on every single SK story you have read thus far and in the future with a whole new light go see the "Movie" and judge for yourself how well it was adapted, or not. Bright side is that by that time you should be able to watch it for free, or netflix or HBO or redbox, or whatever instead of spending the theater money.

    I personally prefer not to see a movie that I plan on reading the book that said movie was based on. I like a "fresh" mind entering the book, I dont want to have a preconceived image of the person that was cast for the role in my head, I prefer to use my own imagination.

    Either way do yourself a favor and get those books and read them. I cant imagine you regretting it.
     
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  14. Machine's Way

    Machine's Way “Go then, there are other worlds than these.”

    I like this mindset alot. In fact I think for those of us who have completed the journey it is really the only way to look at this film and not get completely upset. Without revealing any spoilers its honestly the only logical way to look at this movie.
     
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  15. OldDarth

    OldDarth Well-Known Member

    I would wait after the movie as it is a sequel to the books. Great time to read or reread IT - as the movie seems to be a closer adaptation than the mini-series.
     
  16. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Peripherally known member..

    Why,though,are you going to the movie with a Fraser?
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  17. mjs9153

    mjs9153 Peripherally known member..

    You should be aware that Fraser is prone to pranks and may try to scare you in the theater,just saying.. ;)
     

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