Twelve – Movie Trailer

I was out with a friend the other evening and somehow we started talking about movies with rappers who had turned into actors and books that should be watched rather than read.  I thought of this novel-based movie, out recently and already on its way to dvd, if dismal earnings and an even more dismal reception can be believed.

Twelve is based on the novel, Twelve: A Novel by Nick McDonell, written when the author was seventeen years old and released in July of 2002 on Atlantic Books.  Reviews on Goodreads give it a range of star reviews from 1-5, evening out at an average of 3.03.  If a book is involved I usually like to read it after the movie comes out, so that I don’t spend two hours thinking how much better the book is, and then I read the book so that the  story is usually fleshed out and more satisfying.

While I have seen movies and tv shows that have plots which are similar to this story, its not one that I have read frequently in books.  I haven’t even read Less Than Zero, by Bret Easton Ellis, to which this is unfavorably compared.  I’m not sure if I would read this one either, but I might catch the movie when makes it to  Netflix.   Gossip Girls‘ Chace Crawford looks sufficiently  gritty, I guess, in his role as “White” Mike, a student drug dealer to the affluent, playing opposite rapper-turned-actor Curtis Jackson (50 Cent).  I am a little curious about what Mike will do about the murder of his cousin, and I would much rather trade in a hour an half rather than the 10 hours it would take to actually read the book.

1DA652C2516038AE4D02F55645591F39 Shutter Island, by Dennis Lehane

Are there book genres that you skip and just see the movies?  I’m curious about what we choose to watch rather than read?

You may also like


  1. I read this back in 2004. This is what I wrote in my reading journal about it:

    “Written by a teen about rich kids, full of party scenes and drugs. Totally forgettable.”

    And indeed, I do not remember a thing about it!

  2. I think the reviews for this movie have not been all that great. I’ll have to keep my eye on it, but so far isn’t compelling me to read the book or see the film.

  3. I can’t think of any genres I skip and then read the movie. I have found that I enjoy the movie more if I read the book after I see the movie. If I’ve already read the book, I spend way too much time comparing the two and analyzing why the book is superior, rather than sitting back and enjoying the movie for what it is.

  4. I almost always prefer to read the book first unless of course, I had no idea that the movie was based on a book. A few times I’ve been pleasantly surprised at a movie and then found out there was a book first!

  5. Movies and books are completely different experiences for me, so there’s no genre where I would skip the book to the see movie. There have been many times when a movie or tv show has turned me on to a book that I was unfamiliar with. This was the case with the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout. There was a wonderful series on A&E (starring Timothy Hutton) a few years ago after falling in love with the series, I picked up the book.

    I read Twelve a few months ago after hearing about the movie. It was okay. Perhaps the main problem for the book and movie now isn’t so much Twelve itself, but the timing. Eight years ago Twelve might have stood out. But today, after shows like Gossip Girl (also based on a series of books) and The OC, and yes, Less Than Zero, not to mention reality shows like the Housewives of [insert favorite city] and My Sweet 16, rich kids (or rich people in general) behaving horribly isn’t new or surprising. It just seems like more of what we’ve already seen and read.

  6. I’d usually prefer to read the book and then see the movie. If the story doesn’t appeal to me from a reading perspective I probably won’t enjoy the movie either. I’ve certainly seen movies before I read the book and been sorry about that. One recent example I have is Shutter Island. I loved the movie but now I feel like it has spoiled the book for me although I have the book will still read it.

  7. Hi there, I found you on Semicolon’s Saturday Review. I saw Twelve at Sundance and wasn’t so impressed. Winter’s Bone however (I’ve been perusing your blog!) was great…I’m glad to know the book was great too, I’ll add it to my list. I usually like to read the book after the movie: save the best for last!