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The Haunting of Hill House? - December 26th 2018, 02:02 PM

I was wondering if any of you guys have read this book?

I got it for Christmas off my younger brother, wish I had known there was a book before I had watched the Netflix series. Is it worth the read?
   
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House? - December 28th 2018, 04:43 PM

I don't know about THoHH, but I do know based on past experience with book-to-film works, that the original (book) version is always better.
   
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House? - December 28th 2018, 06:28 PM

Oddly enough, I don't always think that the book to movie comparison is better.

Some fall in the middle where I think the movie did some things better and some things the books did better and lots fall in the middle of being good either way
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings
- Hunger Games
- Divergent
- Insurgent
- Game of Thrones

Some books I like better because the movies were either not as good or down right shitty
- The Hobbit
- Allegiant

Some movies/ TV shows I like better
- A series of unfortunate events
- Anne "with an E" (by CBC -- based on Anne of Green Gables)

I could keep listing stuff, but I am sure you get the point. I also find that it doesn't matter as much if I read the books before or after (e.g. I read the first 3 A Song of Fire and Ice / Game of Thrones books AFTER the first 3 seasons but I read the 4th and 5th books BEFORE season 4 and 5 of the show, and I found that either scenario didn't impact my enjoyment of the book or show either way. I have read numerous other books either before or after and it was fine. For example, I have learned that I prefer to read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon AFTER seeing the show, but in general I read it BEFORE if I can.

I think you should for sure read the book. Even if you learn that you like the TV show better, I don't think it will ruin your enjoyment of the book and the critique you make of it. I don't feel like you ever lose anything or miss out by reading the book after the fact
   
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Re: The Haunting of Hill House? - December 30th 2018, 09:49 AM

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Oddly enough, I don't always think that the book to movie comparison is better.

Some fall in the middle where I think the movie did some things better and some things the books did better and lots fall in the middle of being good either way
- Harry Potter
- Lord of the Rings
- Hunger Games
- Divergent
- Insurgent
- Game of Thrones

Some books I like better because the movies were either not as good or down right shitty
- The Hobbit
- Allegiant

Some movies/ TV shows I like better
- A series of unfortunate events
- Anne "with an E" (by CBC -- based on Anne of Green Gables)

I could keep listing stuff, but I am sure you get the point. I also find that it doesn't matter as much if I read the books before or after (e.g. I read the first 3 A Song of Fire and Ice / Game of Thrones books AFTER the first 3 seasons but I read the 4th and 5th books BEFORE season 4 and 5 of the show, and I found that either scenario didn't impact my enjoyment of the book or show either way. I have read numerous other books either before or after and it was fine. For example, I have learned that I prefer to read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon AFTER seeing the show, but in general I read it BEFORE if I can.

I think you should for sure read the book. Even if you learn that you like the TV show better, I don't think it will ruin your enjoyment of the book and the critique you make of it. I don't feel like you ever lose anything or miss out by reading the book after the fact
Thanks, I will start reading it tonight when my daughter goes to sleep. I have a few other books to read that I got for Christmas as well. 2 of them I have read in the past.
   
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