I read widely from many genres. Perhaps this blog will feature fewer ratings and reviews, but I certainly intend to write about my reading life - it's the subject I most find myself wanting to talk about.
So I broke the rule: Always read the book first. It's kind of like breaking the Prime Directive in Star Trek. It's important most of the time, but every once in a while, it's convenient for the plot to ignore.
I went to see "The Theory of Everything" without reading first the book on which it was based, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen." The book was not available at either of the two libraries to which I have access locally. I didn't want to deal with Interlibrary Loan and its unpredictable time tables. And I had seen the PBS program on Hawking just a year or two ago, in which Jane Hawking plays no small role.
So I substituted by reading Hawking's own "A Brief History of Time," which I had always meant to pick up. Check.
Now, having seen the film, I really want to read Ms. Hawking's book. Aside from seeing how the material is adapted from one medium to another, I am quite interested in how emotionally honest she is with regard to loving and living with a person with a degenerative disability. The film is all about emotion - love and loyalty and the decisions made around those emotions.