When there is a movie and a book with the same story, which do you like better?

United States
September 28, 2011 10:29am CST
Often there have been books written, then in time a movie is made as the same story as the book. Which of the two have you found that you like better - presuming you both read the book and saw the movie?
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@r03249 (357)
• Philippines
28 Sep 11
I saw this quote before "DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S MOVIE" and I think it really means a lot. I have read Twilight too and I liked the story line and how well Stephenie Meyer delivered the story and I was disappointed by how the movie turned out. And right now, I've read all four of them but no intention of watching its movie adaptations, ever. The casting sucks and I just thought its a lot different from the book. Well, don't get me wrong. I love reading and I love movies and you know that feeling when you were so moved by the story on your book and suddenly you heard that there will be a movie out of it and you were so excited because finally you can watch it! but turns out the movie was so different from how you imagined it before because you expected more. Disappointing. Happens a lot. I know they so it because it will make people love it but.. I just wish they'll be as just to the writer of the book. so technically, I LIKE THE BOOKS BETTER. :)
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@stary1 (6622)
• United States
29 Sep 11
"DON"T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT'S MOVIE" LOL I love that..it is soooooo true
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@r03249 (357)
• Philippines
3 Oct 11
I know, right? LOL
• United States
12 Oct 11
I always like the book more than the movie because they always change something when then make the movie, but the books are great because they're usually well written and let me use my imagination.
@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
4 Oct 11
I would rather the movie because I am not a reader at all.
• Mexico
3 Oct 11
Hi Kizzy Cat fish: I have to say that I'm 99% sure that I would prefer the book not only because I love reading but because with a book you get all these information and things you don't get with a film. Film directors can't put everything that is written on a book in a film so normally reading a book makes me feel more complete. Of course I love watching films but there's no comparison and I preferred books. ALVARO
• Philippines
30 Sep 11
I always go for the book version. Though I'm not at all saying that the movie versions are always a waste. It's just that, you really can't compress everything in a film, for 2 hours or less.
• United States
30 Sep 11
In my opinion, the book is always better than the movie.
@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
30 Sep 11
Books. My imagination is far better than what the movies can produce, cause there's no budget and time limit for m y imagination. I've become very disappointed with books turned into movies. Sometimes it's a very far cry from the book. but then again, they're just saying "based from..." so it is different.
@minimoyz (277)
• Philippines
29 Sep 11
I try to read the book first then watch the movie later. It's much fun reading it first because your imagination can work on how the author or writer see it in his or her own mind. Like the Harry Potter books and Percy Jackson books. But I prefer the first one better than the latter, the movie Percy Jackson was a flop it was a very big failure for the director. I hate good books gone ruined because of some stupid director putting it on film and never have actually read it. Thus, as for me I prefer reading it before watching it, some say you spoil it when you read it before watching it but I think otherwise.
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
29 Sep 11
I always prefer the book. In gact the movie is often disappointing because I have made up in my mind how the scenery and characters look and the movie is always different. I love getting involved with a long exciting story and am disappointed when the book ends.
@thatgirl13 (7307)
• South Korea
29 Sep 11
I think I like them both in their own ways. Though you can't deny that there are more plots and the books are more interesting but watching them live is as good too. SO yeah I think I like both of them in their own respective ways.
@uzunova (75)
• Bulgaria
28 Sep 11
I am a book lover,so I prefer the book.I can`t remember any movie being as good as the book.
28 Sep 11
Almost always the book, with one notable exception: Lord of the Rings. I simply can't bring myself to plough through all that dry, complex text. I've tried several times and it's tedious: the films (although I know they missed out a lot) were far, far more enjoyable.
@speakeasy (4215)
• United States
28 Sep 11
Actually it depends on the book/movie. I ususally prefer the book to the movie because it goes into so much more detail and sometimes to meet the time constraints of a movie entire subplots are left out. But, there are books that I have read that were really boring because they concentrated on all the little tiny details and did little to forward the actual plot; but, when all the boring bits are removed they actually made a good movie.
• India
28 Sep 11
Well, I like the book much better compared to the movie - most popular consensus amongst all of us! When a book is selected to be adapted into a film, I think too many liberties are taken to ease making of the films, sometimes these liberties do make sense but most of the times, they do not. Also, in changing or omitting those little details, I feel the essence of the book is all lost, and I really hate it when such things are missing or are twisted to fit into the film.
@koperty3 (1877)
28 Sep 11
I always prefer book from films if I have choice. Some film can kill the book. This happened in a case of Anne Rice Queen of the Damned. The film was mix of few her books and it was nothing like a book.
@GardenGerty (104225)
• United States
28 Sep 11
I usually like the book better as there is usually much more detail to it.
@oldchem1 (8144)
28 Sep 11
The book every time for me!! I am so often really disappointed when I watch the film of a favourite book. One example of this was the Da Vinci Code, I LOVED the book but was totally disappointed with the film.
• United States
28 Sep 11
Most of the time, the book is usually better than the movie version. After reading the Twilight series, the movies are terrible and awkward. The one movie I saw after reading the book that I thought had the closest and most accurate representation was Water for Elephants. The movie that was made followed the book almost exactly. Even though I really like watching books turned into movies, I almost always think that the book is better. Movies usually leave out a lot of the little details that the book has and I hate when I notice these missing little details.