Read it? Watch it? Ignore it?

I’m going to confess: I’ve not read, or watched, Gone Girl. I’ve seen the previews for the movie, and it looks really good. But I’ve heard from some people that it wasn’t that good: they say the ending wasn’t good, or they just didn’t like it in general.

A relative mentioned not liking the ending, and later said that she felt the book was the same: a bad ending. So now, I’m curious.

I’ve read the book and watched the movie for such titles as Water for Elephants, The Help, The Stand, The Shining, It, Big Driver, Flowers In the Attic, Petals On the Wind, and others. Some I really, really enjoyed them both. Others I felt the movie far surpassed the book. In most, I felt the book was far better than the movie (usually because there was so much detail in the book that had to be left out of the movie for time constraints or graphic violence, sex, etc.).

Gone Girl isn’t the only movie getting this kind of talk. Fifty Shades of Grey is about to be released. I’ve read the books there, and was not impressed. The previews for the movie, however, look much better than the book so I am considering checking it out – after it comes to DVD, of course.

So, here’s my question for you. If you’ve seen Gone Girl, or read the book (or even better, seen and read it), should I watch it? Should I read the book? Should I do both, and if so, which one should I do first? Or should I ignore them both, because they really are just that bad?

What about Fifty Shades of Grey? Did you read it? Did you like it? Do you plan to see the movie? Do you think the previews look like the movie will be better than the book?

What movies have you seen that were based on books that you felt didn’t do the book justice?

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