Books or movies

Philippines
January 28, 2007 5:52am CST
There are movies that are based on novels. If we were made to choose... what do we prefer... read the novel or wait for it to be made into a movie? why?
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15 responses
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
i prefer reading the book version, it is more detailed and can be read for days and go back to chapters you want to memorize for purposes of discussion. the movie version are always edited and sometimes interjected with plots which are not included in the book. take for example the book of robert ludlum - The Bourne Identity, it was a super suspense fiction but when i saw the movie version, well it fell flat on my standard.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 07
I fell in love with Jason Bourne then... and the the three Bourne books were my motivating factors in reading almost all novels of robert ludlum. The movie however left out that of the Jackal side...frustrating indeed.
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
you got the right word kabayan... frustrating. Have you read the parsifal mosaic?
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• Philippines
7 Feb 07
yes... i did... so with gemini contenders, rhinemann exchange, the matarese 1 & 2, matlock paper... hays... marami pa. I giggled a lot at road to gandolfo and rolled on floor laughing at road to omaha..:) t'was an experience following his masterpieces... and shed a tear when mr ludlum passed away:(
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
8 Feb 07
If it was originally a book, I'd read it first, assuming that I had the time. I always find the book to be better than the movie. Sometimes there will be a book written after the movie was made, and those books are usually too bland for me. They tend to be just a written out script from the movie without the insight into characters & plot that come from writing the book first.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 07
I think so too.. based on those books that I bought after seeing the movie. I find the book better had it been written before the movie.
@jerinm (219)
• India
8 Feb 07
I would rather go for the books..From my experience so far, so many things were lost while being made into a movie.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 07
Thanks. Reading your profile, i may say your interests lie primarily in reading. thanks for joining us :)
@linoleum (200)
• Indonesia
8 Feb 07
I love reading. I prefer to read the novel, but, I will watch the movie too. I like to compare between what I imagine when I read the books with the scene in the movies.
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• Philippines
8 Feb 07
That's what most of us do :) thank you for joining.
• United States
8 Feb 07
The novel is almost always better, but if I've read it first, then the movie is usually much more disappointing than it would have been if I'd seen it first. But even a bad movie version will sometimes encourage me to read a book that I haven't read before.
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
Absolutely right... if we do it the other way around. thank you.
• Indonesia
8 Feb 07
I like movie better than the book. I don't like details in the book when it comes to a novel, since sometimes I don't really see the necessity to put or describe them all (in my personal opinion). I just want to get to the point. lol I don't mind not reading all those bits and bots on the book, as long as they make it into the movie where I still can get the moral story, or the message. Also, when I watch the movie, I can watch and eat or browsing on the net at the same time.
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
Thank you for joining us. It really depends on our preference. :)
@Ampang (3)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
MOVIES... it'll only take me 2 hours to watch it and 2 hours to endure the pain of liking it or hating it. Where as with a book (admit some book sucks), you gotta spend more time in it right? Then regret the time spent reading that book if it didn't satisfy you.
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• Philippines
7 Feb 07
;) I just love you being here...
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
Novels are usually untampered imagination of the original author. The movie is slightly altered to suit the taste of its goers.
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• Philippines
6 Feb 07
You're right :)
@ash2_hot (224)
• India
6 Feb 07
I would prefer the book. Reading the book is thrilling as the writter maintains the thrill till the end. the substance and characters of the story dont lose their part in a book. When a book is adapted its the directors version that we see and the characters come to life through the actors playing their part. The essence of the storydiminishes when it is converted into a movie. But at the same time a fantasy story comes to life when adapted in to a movie as the characters become more alive and creative. So I think it depenmds on the type of story that I would prefer to read or watch the movie version.
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
nice advice,my friend. I'll remember that. :) thanks
@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
29 Jan 07
This is a tough one. I love the book because of the depth of details included in the story. The original interpretation always seem to have a magical effect on me. I like creating the image myself, this way I create my own personal attachment to the characters and storyline. In a movie your left with the other guys views or translation. If your a lover of story telling then this is magical too. A rare adventure into the inner machinations of someone elses mind. But if I had to choose it would be books. Plus the book always comes out to the shelves faster and now-a-days much cheeper to enjoy (no hidden fees ex: pricey popcorn). When I'm done I can read it again with out a ticket. Thanks for being on my friend list. :-)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
I prefer the book too, for with it, I have the luxury to go back through some pages or scenes that I might have overlooked that is related to the current phase. Thank you for accepting my request to be your friend.
• United States
28 Jan 07
books by far. the book is always better than the movie, always. u can get more details from a story than a movie. plus they usually chop the good parts out in a movie and cast the wrong actors all the time
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• Philippines
28 Jan 07
we share the same sentiment dear. I have read several books that were turned into a movie and the latter really piss me off. I feel somehow frustrated by how the movie has turned out.
• United States
28 Jan 07
I not a reader, so I always watch the movie. If i like the movie alot, then I go back and read the book to get the full spectrum of what the author was trying to accomplish by his writing. Ive always heard that movies are never as good as the books. There is so much depth in a book that a movie cannot accomplish.
• Philippines
28 Jan 07
Thank you for this nice response dear. It's all in how we prefer things to be done. You're right, in the book lies the original story. It covers everything that you want to know about the movie.
@miryam (6507)
• Italy
29 Jan 07
I was prefer a books. but now I see a few and I prefer a movie, I'm tired to read and no good for my eyes.......
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
I agree that it is more relaxing to see a movie for it will take you only more or less two hours to do so...but I still prefer the book. Thank you.
@tongie (111)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
I want watching movie that reading a book..i really wanted to watch movie especially romance and comedy...
• India
6 Feb 07
I prefer books