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