Books vs. Movies

I’m not entirely sure this topic is actually a debate where people will change their minds. As far as I know it’s not actually a debate between two parties, but two different groups who don’t even know they’re debating.

To make it more clear, I’ll lay out both sides of the “debate” here.

First, the movie side.

The biggest aspect of this side, is mainly that they don’t tend to read the books that get turned into movies, they may not even know they were a book before actually seeing the movie.

That’s not saying they don’t read books, I just mean they aren’t reading the books that generally get turned into movies. Since they don’t read the books, they obviously prefer the movies.

Now the book side.

These people obviously tend to read the books before the movies come out, and if they haven’t by the time when the movie comes out, they’ll most likely buy the books if they are interested.

They prefer the books because they get more out of it. They get the full story, with nothing left out. They get every magical word that the author created, and they get to use their imagination to see the world as they read it.

This is where the “debate” comes to a stand-still. The movie lovers tend not to like/read the books, and the book lovers tend to prefer the books.

I don’t think this is one where there is a right and a wrong answer though. I enjoy books, obviously, and I enjoy movies.

Do I enjoy the books more than the movies? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean the movies are bad, the movies are just a different experience.

It gives the director a chance to take words, and create a thing of magic.

My biggest problem with books that are turned into movies is when they are done poorly.

If you make a movie about a book, you’re guarenteeing that a good chunk of those fans will come see the movie, so to create something that ruins their favourite books is a big no no in their eyes.

Now this whole post assumes that everyone who reads the books will always prefer them over the movies.

In my experience this is 95% true. There has only been 2 instances in my life, where I know someone prefers the movies over the books.

The first: my dad loves the movie The Hunt for Red October. I can’t say I’ve ever read it or seen it, but he can quote the entire movie from heart, and he can walk in at any part of the movie and know exactly what is going on and what happens next.

He had seen the movie before he read the book, and will choose the movie every time

The second instance is a friend of mine read The Martian, and said that he could barely understand the book, but he really enjoyed the movie.

I may be wrong about all this, and maybe there are a large population of people in the world that prefer the movies over the books.

If you prefer a movie over a book please let me know. I’d love to hear from you all in the comments.

Also, if you’re wondering what I think about books vs. tv shows, then you’ll have to stay tuned. That is a different topic entirely.

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