Book lovers say:
- They dislike how movie characters and settings are not as they appeared in their imagination while they were reading the book. When reading, you provide your own imagery.
- If something becomes confusing during reading, the reader can flip back a few (or a lot) of pages (or screens on a Kindle) for clarification. True, you can go back and scene-select during a movie, but finding certain parts is not always as precise.
- There are more details and more opportunities to fully develop the story in a book. Movies often skip parts that readers of the book might find critical to the plot.
- Book lovers contend that the reader absorbs and retains more of the story’s information by reading it. Reading engages the brain more fully.
- Books are free at the library!!
Movie lovers say:
- The action in the movie appeals in a more visual way that is more dramatic.
- Most people prefer a time commitment of a couple of hours as opposed to the several needed to complete a book.
- Movie lovers say that movies are meant to entertain and they are more for “escape,” not educational study.
- Movies are a great way to introduce good stories to non-readers.
- You can usually check out movies at the library as well as books.
My own opinion on the topic of which is better, the book or the movie, is “It depends.”
We have all seen good books, for young and old, that have been turned into a less than satisfying movie. For example, I was very disappointed in the movie versions of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Stuart Little.
But some books have truly come to life for me on the screen, such as in The Princess Bride, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Jaws. The printed books were just not as enjoyable in these cases.
What do you think? Know any good books/bad movies, or vice versa? Let us know!!
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Here are some books that I loved that will be movies soon. As always, I just hope they don’t mess them up!! They are action-packed and have the potential to be good movies.
THE MAZE RUNNER–Thomas is dropped into a strange community after his memory is erased, soon learning they’re all trapped in a dangerous maze that will require him to become a runner for a chance at escape.
THE GIVER–In a futuristic utopian community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy, Jonas, is chosen to receive memories from The Giver about the true pains and pleasures of the world of the past.
UNBROKEN–Chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, a former Olympic runner, taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II and cruelly treated.
GONE GIRL–As his wife’s disappearance becomes the focus of intense media scrutiny, a man sees that it’s suspected that he may not be innocent. (I actually didn’t like the ending of the book, but its portrayal on the big screen might be better.)