What moves you, the book or the movie?

@chaime (1153)
Philippines
January 31, 2007 9:05am CST
I have been a Harry Potter fan from the book and not from the movie. Some of us are actually Daniel Radcliffe fans first rather than Harry Potter's, and only after watching the movie decided to read the book, then became Harry's allies. Which do you prefer? Reading about Harry's exploits in books or watching it in theaters(albeit missing some scenes from the book). As for me, I prefer reading, although the sound effects and visual context of the movies are great and makes the experience more viable, I still prefer reading and letting my imagination run wild with Harry, Ron and Hermoine.
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@fedge098 (1331)
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
The movie, but i guess there is more to the book than the movie itself. it's just i am not quite fond of reading. so i watch. ^_^
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@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
Hahaha.. So does many people... It's easier to watch than read, ei? =)
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• United States
31 Jan 07
I prefer the books because they last longer. When you watch the movie it's over in two and a half hours, but with the books you get to enjoy it for at least two days. Don't get me wrong, I love the movies and think they are very well made, but I like all the extra stuff you get in the books and I want to know the characters like you can only through the books.
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@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
yes, i think i get what you mean, there's a certain...hmm..bond.. you create with a character when you read about him in a book
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
For me it's movie. I really find thick books boring and very time consuming. Also, in books there are no sound effects and I find it difficult to imagine those thing that is happening on the book. Unlike in movies, what you see is what you get.
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@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
oh-oh..movies are winning... 2 1/2 to 1/2... hahahhahaha.. It's really becoming such a visual world don't yah think =)
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• United States
31 Jan 07
Both. The book is more in depth, but the movie gives a much better vision than what I was picturing in my mind. So I like to read the book, and the watch the movie so I get both: in depth of everything, and then a great visiual to put it all together.
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@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
31 Jan 07
Yeah, me too, as I've said, I've read the books, and eagerly awaiting for the 7th one. But I also watched the movies and (also) eagerly awaiting the next installment. Sometimes though, it's a bit disappointing (????) if that's the right term to use, when you've read the book and then watch the movie and know that some scenes are missing or sometimes you pictured a scene or something in the book (like the pensieve or one of the creatures like aragog) and saw it differently in the movie, although I think that it's part and parcel of a book being turned into a movie, length and everything else in consideration, I guess. =)
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@SK401001 (934)
• United States
1 Feb 07
I love Harry Potter, and even so I like both watch the movies and read the books. I would have to say I prefer the books over the movie. Just more detail in the books then the movies could ever have. Can't wait for book seven.
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@funnycole (392)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I think that JK Rowling's personal story of divorce and hardship and how she wrote Harry Potter in a coffee shop made the book come so alive for me. The movie then just enhanced all of her images. But in the end she steals the show as the magnificent author that dealt with personal issues and still has made the world a happier place by giving us a new hero in Harry. I definitely like the books.
@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I've never read the books. I enjoy the movies because I know Hollywood changes things and dont want to be disappointed if the story didnt go the sdame way as the book. Besides it makes me use my imagination more where there is questionable spots and I enjoy the movie more because of it.
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• Romania
31 Jan 07
I didn't read Harry Poter but I have seen the movie and I liked it.Usualy after I read a book and then see the movie that is made after,I get disapointed on the movie because in my head i have imaginated the story in a different way than the director shows me in the movie
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• Philippines
7 Feb 07
If we're talking about Harry Potter, Im definitely a fan of the book. Ironically, the book gives a much better vision than the movie itself. For me, the movie has not really capture what was in the book or how Rowling has described it. I have always said that people who has not read the book cannot fully understand the story by just watching the movie. In every movie, I have often commented that a lot of important scenes has been ommited. However, I have been noticing a big improvement of the movie series. It keeps getting better. So, I think Order of the Phoenix the movie will be quite interesting. But then again, if you ask me which is better, the book or the movie. its definitely the book =)
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Oh Yes, the book definitely has it's appeal. And yes, the book is definitely written very well by JK Rowling and she has captured the imagination of the readers. Young and old alike. Yes, the movie definitely ommitted many scenes, not really vital scenes but scenes you would have loved to see portrayed on film. I too, am looking forward to the next installments of Harry Potter, but more of book seven than movie five. hehehehe.. a bookworm to the end, that's me =)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
actually there are times when the movie deletes vital scenes. Most especially for the first movie, it seemed to have jump from one scene to the other. but anyway, as ive said there have been improvements.
• United States
31 Jan 07
You have a point there. I guess not only for Harry Potter but for other book-based movies as well, like Lord of the Rings or the Da Vinci Code, the book is still to be preferred. It is the individual imagination that makes reading a book marvelous. Sometimes, this beauty and marvel can't be captured by the special effects and the setting. Another aspect is the emotions. Sometimes, the "real" feelings of the characters can be captured by the book but can't be expressed emotionally by the characters. This could be why many people would suggest to read the book first to be able to appreciate the movie better, but the downside of that is it could tend to disappoint the viewers or may not reach their expectations.
• United States
3 Feb 07
Thanks for choosing me as the best response! Truly appreciate it! I'm also a Filipino, but I reside in the US. I will soon have a vacation in my beloved country! Mabuhay!
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
You're very much welcome. Really? I didn't realize you were filipino, well, it's good to meet fellow filipino's here online =) Good luck and have fun
@rkalia73 (240)
• India
31 Jan 07
I am a book reader. Reason being I still like to be able to turn the pages and not scrolling or watching it on screens, and still love the smell of paper. Moreover movies are based on books, are adapted to give us the best sreenplays and hence sometimes original sorylines are tempered.
• United States
31 Jan 07
Somehow i don't get the imaginary effect on the screen that i had while reading the book. Most of the time our imagination doesn't come in the screen
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
oh yes, sometimes we imagine how a scene would go, how the people would look like, e.g. Harry's scar, I imagined it would be right smack dab at the center of the forehead, but in the movies it's a little bit to the left, it comes out differently on screen.
• India
7 Feb 07
i think book is more creative and interesting...which a little bit is absent in the movie since all the scenes dont appear in the movie...
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
yes, i totally agree, there are just some things the movie can't realize... there is a real connection between the reader and the author that movies can't grasp
@jsae29 (1122)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I haven't read the book, but I would love to if I have the money to buy the books.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
hmmm.. you have a point there.. Hahahha.. the books are quite expensive, especially here in the philippines the books, especially the later ones, cost more than a thousand bucks
@sofala (35)
• Philippines
5 Feb 07
I still prefer the book. You know the mind is much more powerful in creating a new world. How the book was written was very detailed but never boring. I was able to picture the world of harry potter and somehow i could see myself in it whenever i read them. The movies although nice, it still doesn't compare to the world i created in my mind.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Yes, there are certain things that movies cannot serve book readers. Imagination and the freedom to let it run, and let you run with the characters in your own mind.
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
The book of course. It contains the original contexts. And what's more, you get to know the real feelings of the people involved in th story. I'm not saying that Daniel Radcliffe didn't justify the role. It's just that emotions are clearer and more vivid when read. But reading the book and then watching movie would definitely give you a better insight of the story because of the images involved. After seeing the movie, you 'll have a solid idea of how Hogwarts is like. At least you're imagination is not limited anymore.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
Yes, i can totally relate with you. the books seems to last longer than the movies and you are more able to grasp the emotions and the entirety of the scene...the movies somehow enhances the experience of the books.
@macky7 (318)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
the book. there are a lot in the book that are not shown in the movie.
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
3 Feb 07
yes, it's hard to cram into an hour and a half to two hours of movie a book that is thousand of pages.. hehehehe..but giving credit where credit is due, the harry potter movies came close =)
• India
31 Jan 07
even i like harry potter,both movie and the book...is a master piece..this is what i think..what about u
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
oh yes! Both have been done good.. you're right the Harry Potter is a masterpiece
• United States
31 Jan 07
Well, I did watch the first couple of movies first but then I think after the 3rd one I decided to start reading the books. I think I read them all in a week and I loved them so much. I have always preferred reading books over the movies because you seem to always miss so much. So I would have to say the books are better - but the movies are right up there!
@chaime (1153)
• Philippines
1 Feb 07
Hahahaha..can't really decide ei? for me it was the other way around, I read the books first.. and when the movie was made, I did go and watch it. There are slight differences with regards to the scenes on the book and on the movie, but both avenues have different appeal to different kinds of people. i just love it that I can always come back and re-read the books and re-watch the movies. =)
• India
5 Mar 07
I don't have enough time to read out books so, I prefer movie to watch movie..!
@dfinster (3535)
• United States
28 Feb 07
I've seen 2 of the Harry Potter movies which I thought were really great. The special effects were unbelievable, but I've never read any of the books so I can't compare the 2. In my experience with books and movies I usually always think the book is better than the movie.