Books Vs. Movies

United States
June 18, 2008 11:15pm CST
I hate it when movies are remade from books, and then they change parts around. It's one thing when they change minor details just to fit everything in, but most of the time they change part of the story line! Usually, when reading a book, and then comparing it to the movie, for me at least, I always seem to find the book is way better than the movie. What do you think?
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@chirantani (1382)
• India
19 Jun 08
In this regard I appreciate you.The movie version of novels are always different from the original novel.It is better to read book than to watch movies.
• United States
19 Jun 08
Thanks. = ) I normally prefer ot read, but I like to watch movies that I haven't read the books for.
• United States
20 Jun 08
Ahh! Typo!
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Jun 08
thats true..i just cant understand why film makers do that ...in books its so detailed and i like it more than in movies...
• United States
20 Jun 08
I wish I had more time to read now! Details are the most important thing, and a movie just doesn't do as well as the book.
@nick1in (195)
• Lucknow, India
19 Jun 08
For me books definately are a better option. You can let your imagination run wild when reading it. This is especially true if the novel is well written and very discriptive. Movies usually just don't leave any room for any imagination to run free since it is a visual media. The director/writers of the movie usually change the story line of the novel to suit their own style or thinking. Go out to watch a movie not with any pre-conceived ideas or notions. Just go out to enjoy it.But as a personal rule, I usually do not watch a movie which has been made from a novel unless it has been exceptionally well made. I am a movie buff, but usually only watch stand alone movie, meaning movies that are not made from novels. These are more fun and enjoyable.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I love how you wrote that. Imagination is the best. Most movies show you what they want you to see in something, and the plot gives no room for you to be wrong about something. You either have to understand it or you just don't get the movie. With books though, they are very descriptive and the book gives you everything you need to create your own images.
• United States
19 Jun 08
It all depends on how you come to the story. If you have read the book first, then the movie could and usually is a disappointment.But if you see the film first, the book won't make sense. I like it when both the book and the film are equally good. My favorite book is More Tales Of the City. It is exactly like the Tales Of The City series.
• United States
20 Jun 08
I agree. I've read a few books that have recently became popular as movies. Though when I just watch the movie, I see nothing wrong with it. I've never read, or seen that. I'll have to do that soon. = )
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• India
19 Jun 08
i prefer movies..study says that movies are for those who dont have a imaginative brain..but i dont care
• United States
19 Jun 08
I really enjoy watching movies. I just don't like it when the plot of the book, is turned upside down in the movie. = )
@skygal (146)
• Malaysia
19 Jun 08
Exactly, I agree with you. I wonder why they like to make a movie from a book then change the part of the storyline. Its okay if the storyline is kept the same but if they can't do it probably due the length of the movie then why do it?
• United States
20 Jun 08
Some parts I can understand that they need to shorted, but sometimes (I was watching harry potter when I wrote this) that they completed mess up the story for the next movie by changing the characters roles around, or even not having that important character at all. It's upsetting.
• India
19 Jun 08
i also thinks the same that book is better than movie but..... do we have time to read books?
• United States
19 Jun 08
I try to have time to read, it's really enjoyable. But there's always so much that needs to be done, sometimes it seems impossible.
@fwidman (11519)
• United States
19 Jun 08
That's why I never go see a movie after I have read the book, or vice-versa :) There's just no way they will ever be the same, and that stinks.
• United States
19 Jun 08
I try to think of movies and books as two different things. They may have the same story line, but they are different. Though, it's one thing if they leave something out, it's another thing when the completely change what a character does in the movie, and they don't do that in the book.
@allamgirl (2145)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
i totally agree with you! like with harry potter, they usually change a lot when they turn it into movies. it's really better when you read the novel from which a certain movie came from, it has more story and you get to picture it in your head as a movie and youeven get to direct it! : )
• United States
19 Jun 08
That's why I love reading. You also have an instant "pause" button as well. You'll never miss something, and then have the watch the whole movie over again just to understand why the ending is the way it is.
• Canada
19 Jun 08
I think it's safe to say that oftentimes the book is much better than the movie. This is usually because there is more character development and scenes are more left to your own imagination. It can be difficult to translate how you imagined a scene into a live action scene. However, there have been a couple instances when I've actually enjoyed the movie more than the book, despite the changes and the missing scenes. These instances were Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and The Notebook. Both times, I watched the movie first and then read the books. Maybe that has something to do with it. But in the case of Harry Potter, after the first movie, I read the books before the movie and have loved the books way more than the movies. Though the movies are great too, in their own way. But again, for the most part, I find books better than the movies.
• United States
19 Jun 08
I was actually watching one the Harry Potter movie's when I wrote the discussions. I love the books, they are very well written. I love the movies too. They just miss very important parts, and change the storyline. Then, when you piece everything together through the movies, it just doesn't make since. (if you actually pay attention that is)
@alcazar (763)
• India
19 Jun 08
yeah... i think ...that till now..no movie has given the correct picturisation of what we feel in the books...i have read all the parts of the bourne series but movies are just out of your reach...its completely different....
• United States
19 Jun 08
I've never read that series, but thinking about the movies, I can pretty much tell that the books and the movies are two some what similar, but completely different stories.
• United States
19 Jun 08
I have the same feeling that you do about it. I think they change too much in some movies in regards to the book. I've found that I have a much more enjoyable experience watching the movie, first, and then reading to book to find out what really happened or details they left out. I know some people don't like that because they don't want the movie's pictures in their head while they read the book, but I've never found this to be a problem.
• United States
19 Jun 08
What I like about books is that I can create my own imagines in my head, and even certain pronunciations of certain words or names. I do like movies about books, but they are just never as good as the book. I normally read the book, the watch the movie, and probably read the book again, and sort of mix my images with the movies images.
@adnanezzi (243)
• India
4 Oct 08
i agree with u more a good reader is the one who can visualise the thing he reads so who needs the movie
@suruchi86 (1873)
• India
25 Sep 08
Sorry for coming in sooo... late. However, same is true for me also. I also prefer books over movies, always.
@underdogtoo (9600)
• Philippines
17 Aug 08
I have made the same observation myself and in a way seeing the movie after reading the book kind of spoils the fun for me because the book is better written than the movie is made.
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Aug 08
if you ask this before during that time of my high school, i prefer to choose books. if you ask this during my first college days i will choose movies. Today, if you ask me the same question, i will choose none! you know why? i choose and prefer internet. i love to surf rather than watching movies and reading books.
@muscare (3069)
• Australia
20 Jun 08
I have to agree totally with you, books are always better than the movies. I'm a Stephen King fan, and I've seen so many of his books 'butchered' to bring them to the screen, and sometimes it's not just a little different from the novel. It is always such a disappointment, as I am always filled with high expectations and am usually left feeling quite disappointed.
@selece (2357)
• Philippines
20 Jun 08
Books for more details and to stimulate one's imagination. However, movies are also good since you actually see it on screen. It is very pleasing to one's eyes and one's thinking. I prefer movies since it offers me fun and excitement seeing the events happen with my own eyes. But you are really right, that if the movie is a remake of a book, things change, sometimes a part and worse even the storyline.
@skatemate (213)
• Suriname
20 Jun 08
I also think that reading the story is more interesting then seing the movie. The books I really love to read are the ones from steven king. How about you?
@kilani123 (865)
• United Arab Emirates
19 Jun 08
well i dont read books at all and i love watching movies so i dont get any repeated stories that for sure