Top 5 & Contest: Melissa Fox

Top Five Movies that Made Me Read the Book by Melissa Fox

Normally, I’m a staunch read-the-book-before-the-movie kind of gal. I like the depth and nuances of the story and characters in written form without the constraints the film format puts on them. For me, the deeper understanding makes up for the lack of suspense or surprise in already knowing what should happen next while sitting in the movie theater or on my sofa. However, there are a number of stories where I saw the film first and was so intrigued I had to find them in my favorite storytelling form—the written word.

  1. Fight Club — One of my favorite movies, and it sent me straight into my first introduction to Chuck Palahniuk’s stories. Unique writing style, but, yum, his lines. Genius. Oh, and Edward Norton.
  2. Silence of the Lambs — My favorite villain, movie and film, bar none. I remember walking out of the theater thrilled, scared, creeped out. I needed to know more, to experience Dr. Lecter in the kind of depth the written word could provide. I read the book and fell deeper under his thrall.
  3. No Country for Old Men  — Another writer I was hesitant to try, having heard both raves and pans of Cormac McCarthy’s writing and style. Seeing the movie helped with the dialect, or phonetic style, of writing. Took my little editor heart a while to get used to the punctuation eccentricities, but the flow and characters and story are superb.
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo — One of the rare instances I didn’t like the book as much as the movie. After seeing the film, I attempted the book, but the ongoing description of unimportant details, like pages and pages about one street… Couldn’t get through it.
  5. Twilight — I went to see the movie because a friend of a friend was involved in making the film. The idea of a vampire in love with a human with blood designed to make him insane intrigued me. Still does.

Which do you prefer? Seeing the movie or reading the book first?


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author photoDevouring two or ten books per week as a young’un, I was rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy. So, of course I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes.

I’ve lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Since moving to an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs, I’ve learned to play a mean game of 5-stand, catch squid, clams, shrimp, and crab. Good thing I like shellfish.

Author of the paranormal romance Wraith series published by The Wild Rose Press.

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Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.

DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.

One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.



A number of people filled the courtyard, either finishing a workout or getting ready to train. Jim stood a short distance away, stretching against the wall of the building with his head—topped with the dark cap—bent between his arms. Ah, the perfect opportunity to get payback for the takedown he’d laid on her. Emma crept up behind him and moved to the side to get a good angle. He looked bigger in sweats, taller and much more buff. What she’d thought was a little paunch in his loose shorts proved to be broad, hard muscle in the clinging sweatpants and T-shirt. Who knew he had such great shoulders? Or such a spectacular ass? She jerked her eyes away, mortified she’d ogled his behind and even more shocked at the tingle of awareness—sexual awareness—over Jim, for crying out loud.

Embarrassment put more force behind the sneaky kick than she intended. She checked her swing, but the blow never even got close. Somehow, he spun and blocked as she let her foot fly toward his side, knocking her leg away with his wrist. In the next second, he shoved her against the block wall and held her in place with his forearm across her throat. Emma stared, shocked, into Inspector Asher Beaulieu’s angry blue eyes.

Her first thought was thank God I was turned on by him and not Jim. What a great ass. The second was oh, shit.

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32 thoughts on “Top 5 & Contest: Melissa Fox

  1. Krissy Daniels says:

    I usually like to read the book first, but The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (original version) made me buy the books. The same with Let the Right One In. I watched the movie (original Swedish version) first and loved it so much I had to buy the book.

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Oooh, I haven’t seen or read Let the Right One In! Will have to go check both out now. Thanks! 🙂

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Oh, yes, my preference, too! Although sometimes it works out the other way around… Thanks for commenting, Patricia!

  2. erinf1 says:

    I don’t really have a preference 🙂 I can watch movie first or the book, either way, it doesn’t spoil it for me, I don’t know why. Thanks for sharing!

    • Melissa Fox says:

      I have to admit, I’m a fan of both the page and the screen, but if I had to pick one, I’m right there with you. Books are definitely my choice! Thanks, Irma!

  3. Melissa Fox says:

    Thanks so much to Romancing the Book for having me today, and I’m getting a kick out of reading the responses! Love popping in and seeing what y’all prefer. Appreciate everyone stopping by and taking the time to comment! 🙂

  4. Johnnie-Marie Howard says:

    I like to read the book first so I can see what was better then sometimes I go back and read them now that I have a different face for the characters but always book first a lot of times stuff gets missed and I’m the type that likes finding them

    • Melissa Fox says:

      When I have happened to see the movie before reading the book, I’ve found it really does affect how I picture the characters. And so much fun to compare the two formats, isn’t it? More to enjoy! Thanks for the comment, Johnnie-Marie!

  5. Bonnie Hilligoss says:

    I like to read the book first, because it always gives you more background into what the characters are thinking and the movie sometimes leaves out whole story lines because of time restrictions. The exception so far is Warm Bodies – I saw the movie, but haven’t read the book. Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Oh, that’s funny! Warm Bodies is one of the few movies I saw and haven’t read the book, too. Maybe someday… Thanks for stopping by, Bonnie!

  6. Marcy Shuler says:

    I don’t have a preference. I can do either and there’s usually enough difference to keep both options interesting.

    • Melissa Fox says:

      That is so true! The differences can be both fascinating and frustrating, but definitely interesting. Thanks, Marcy!

  7. Stephanie F. says:

    Always the book first. They are so much better. Of course by that reasoning I should probably see the movie first so I won’t be disappointed, lol. Hmm..

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Hah – an experiment! Let me know if you ever give it a try 😉 Thanks for taking the time to comment, Stephanie!

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Hi! So true, they don’t match up! That can. Both can be unique experiences. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

    • Melissa Fox says:

      A good story is just good and can translate in both mediums, can’t it? Appreciate your comment, Mary!

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Ah, a movie first watcher and *because* you prefer the book. Interesting! I never thought of it that way. Thanks, Maureen!

  8. Leanna says:

    I like reading the book first. The book is always better and I hats in the movie they will add things and leave out things that happened in the book.

    • Melissa Fox says:

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Leanna! Sometimes the taking and leaving from the books works and sometimes it doesn’t, but they’re sure noticeable either way.

  9. I have to read/watch the original first. If it was originally written as a book, then I need to read the book, then watch the movie. Occasionally very popular movies or TV shows spurn book series (normally for kids’ movies or shows with cult followings) which are okay, but would be ruined if you hadn’t watched the movie first.

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