The Book?? or the Movie??

It’s an old debate…..which is better, the book orange bookor the movie?  filmreel

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.)

ENJOY!!

Kay Fleeger

9 thoughts on “The Book?? or the Movie??

  1. Jill Hallam-Miller

    I saw the movie The Shining (the original version with Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall) before I read the book (back when I was a kid), and loved the movie. When I did get around to reading the book, I actually thought the movie interpretation was extremely well done. This is one of those very rare cases (in my opinion) when the movie is nearly as good as the book. Side note: there is an interesting documentary that can be streamed on Netflix about the Stanley Kubrick film version of The Shining called Room 237. And finally, I’m excited about reading King’s new novel Dr. Sleep, which brings back the character Danny from The Shining.

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  2. Kay FLeeger

    I agree that both The Shining movie and the book were good, but I liked the book better. For one thing, there was a scene in the book of a shrub outside the hotel that was trimmed in the shape of an animal. As Danny was playing nearby, each time he looked up, the animal shrub had changed positions. That would have been such a wonderfully creepy thing to put in the movie!

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