See The Movie, Read The Book

Yesterday we went to the movies to see Möbius, but the showing was sold out, so we ended up going to see Cloud Atlas instead. We weren’t disappointed. The story was subtle enough to be intriguing, without being so obscure as to be confusing. The acting, costumes and makeup were superb, although it was somewhat distracting trying to spot all the actors as they moved through the different story lines.

After being turned away from Möbius, while we were trying to decide whether to see another film or just go home, I opened up TweetBot to see what people were saying about Cloud Atlas on Twitter. I couldn’t help but notice how many people said they had seen the movie and now wanted to read the book.

I bookmarked the following tweets:

https://twitter.com/gaytobeat/status/313647663881023488

https://twitter.com/stellasilvente_/status/313369706570584065

https://twitter.com/defaultedloansd/status/313197422790713344
https://twitter.com/ezzaotter/status/313088619768315906

https://twitter.com/timbolland/status/311910966415736832

Of course seeing the movie and then wanting to read the book (or vice versa) is not new; people have been doing that for as long as I can remember. What I found interesting was how many people are tweeting about being interested in reading after seeing the film. The complexity of the story might have something to do with it, and it might depend on genre, but people–even young people (or people with young-looking avatars)–are still turning to reading for their most engaging experiences.

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