Guest Post - A DayDreamer's Thoughts: Fan Loyalty

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Guest Post- A DayDreamer's Thoughts 

Fan Loyalty

When a book is adapted into a film, a divide is formed between fans. Those who read the book first, and those who saw the film first. The divide splits a group of people, a community of sorts who all share a common interest in the story being told - whether it be by the screen or the pages of a book and a sort of quiet rivalry is formed.

It sounds rather silly to say, but it's true. As I write this it is the opening weekend in the UK of The Fault in Our Stars in cinemas. Today I went to see the film and loved it. One thing I did notice though, was the divide between those who had read the book and those who hadn't. You had the people who had read the book and they were prepared, they'd come with tissues and were sitting before the film started talking about the scenes they were looking forward to. There was then a group of girls - who looked about ten. The film is a 12A and so I can't understand why they were let in. But from about halfway through they were sobbing there hearts out - and not the kind of sobbing that comes with someone who knew what was coming, the kind of sobbing from people who didn't really know what was going to happen. 


In the case of The Fault in Our Stars, I'm someone who read the book first. I grew to love that book and knew I wanted to see the film. I'm glad I'd read the book first. In the case of those girls I really wanted to say "You should have read the book first." But in all honesty I don't have a problem with people who seem the film first, because I've been one of those people.

I became a fan of Harry Potter because I went to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in the cinema BEFORE I'd read the Harry Potter books. I'll give you that it sounds stupid to go and see the last film not knowing very much but I did and after that I became obsessed with Harry Potter. Three years down the line, I still am. People often say "You're not a true fan if you didn't read the book first." and you'll get other book bloggers if one of us has watched the film before reading the book saying things along the lines of  "Shame on you." To that I say SO WHAT?

This is one of those issues that I constantly notice on blogs and on twitter and it's something that I really feel should be discussed. In some cases I feel you should read the book because there are things the films cut out, but if someone watches the film first and then becomes part of the fanbase, does that make them any less of a fan? Because they were told the same story just through another type of media, does that make them any less of a fan? I don't think it does. I don't think that it makes me any less of a Harry Potter fan because I saw the films first. And if those girls in the cinema become fans of The Fault in Our Stars, I don't it makes them not true fans because they saw the film first.

The fact is as fans, we all like the same story, no matter how that story has been told to us. 

What do you think of the fan divide? Please let me know in the comments.

Holly x
A DayDreamer's Thoughts.

I want to say Thank you so much to Holly of A DayDreamer's Thoughts for this amazing guest post, the first on my blog and for all the amazing help she has given me, I am so thankful for everything you have done :)
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  1. Thank you so much for doing a guest post swap with me :) I really enjoyed getting to know you better.
    I've not done that much but thank you! I'm always here to help if necessary :)
    Holly x

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    1. Thank you so much for agreeing to do this!, Same I loved getting to know you and you have been so sweet and kind. You have done a lot so thank you, and if you ever need anything, im always here :)
      Holly x

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