Essay Books Better Than Films

  • Books Have Feelings

    Films can bring whole worlds to life before our eyes, make characters into living, breathing flesh and blood, but books let you LIVE everything'
    They let you feel all of the emotions that everyone in the book is feeling if someone gets hurt, like if someone got shot in the stomach you instantly grab your stomach as you feel a sting in that area. Movies can skip important details and they cant always show you how people come to conclusions so they just say it.

  • Some people have ADHD and can't read

    People all over the world have ADHD and can't read and prefer watching a film I think that's a good thing 85% of people do not like reading and that is fine. As long as you get the information from somewhere it doesn't matter if it's from a film and most of the people with ADHD are younge kids. And that is why films are better than books

  • Movies leave things out of books

    In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the movie total leaves out the fight between Percy and Ares at the Santa Monica beach. Also, in the book, Percy gets the 3 pearls from a neraid after he almost dies falling off the St. Louis Arch. In the movie, Luke gives Percy a map to find the pearls.

  • Books have more development

    I am 15 and I am an avid reader I believe that movies give us a better vocabulary and understanding of unusual words, and books have more time to develop characters and story.Movies tend to be at the longer side 3 hours long while books have an unlimited frame of how much development they can have due to the fact that if you wanted your book could be short like 20-50 page long stories, or they could be 400-any number of page long novels. In my opinion I want to relate to characters and for this to happen they need to have a lot of time put into each characters backstory in movies there is only so much time for this due to the budget, books could just increase price by about five dollars and the only price difference is that of e paper used to make books. If you extended a movie you had to pay all the actors in the scenes a lot more money along with the makeup artists, director, and other workers in the film industry. Therefore I can connect better to characters if I have read a book, but the same story as a movie I will care less because there is less development and it seems a bit fake due to the rapid changes in character. This is why I prefer books to movies.

  • Nothing else to say

    Book is much better than movie, because it lets you escape from the real world to you own. Movie just makes you see how cruel and consume this world is.
    Plus when children read from an early age, they are thaught to read quickly and search things in a book way much more quickly than their peers.

  • You have to actually put 2 brain cells together to read and comprehend a book.

    While watching a movie you don't imagine what the character looks like or sounds like but with a book you are the characters! You live in their eyes. It will open your mind and do so much more than just broaden your vocabulary. Imagine ( this will be hard for those who think movies are better than books) that there were no books on Earth. Where would we have learned to follow our dreams, stand up for what's right, be who we are, say what we feel or even just read? Since the first television was invented people have been getting increasingly obese, lazy and scientists have even proven that our brain has reduced 10% in size in the past 100 years- so basically since we started letting machines work for us. Let e dumb it down for those of you that prefer movies- if people keep not reading then people will become fat, lazy, dumb and die.

  • Books give depth

    A book can be a great medium for depicting life morals in great detail. They can explain emotions, displayed out word for word, so that the reader not only experiences the emotion but understands what they are feeling. Moreover, by this description, a book can delve deeply into the story itself. While a movie merely portrays events visually and audibly, a book gives reasons, motives, emotions deep inside a character, beyond what can be seen and heard, so that the audience will not only discover What happened and How, but WHY

  • Books aren't only words

    Not all books are words. Comic books for example are say around 85% pictures. They too are enjoyable plus one can read and see and have a feel for what's happening. As I was reading the arguments I saw several individuals point out that books make you anti-social. It does not. One can simply join a book club for fellowship and make friends who read as well. I do believe that movies are a great source of entertainment but I also believe that movies and books can be equal.

  • Book give historical events

    Say you are in history class, and you have to watch a movie about the war of 18 12, and the movie says all the statistics, when in the book, you hear about all the cool stuff, and it makes you go, "huh. Never knew that. I guess somethings come in small paper packages"

  • Books will always be better

    There are millions of reasons why books are better than movies, but one of them is this: books unfold at their own pace, and you in turn can read at your own tempo. You can't really pause a movie every five minutes to digest the new information, and directors can't just make the movie fifty hours long, so they cut out some essential scenes, which makes them have to rewrite the plot entirely. As well, most movies shove the ninety minutes of film down your throats, and it's often very confusing and disorienting.

  • Ever since the first book was adapted into a movie ("Sherlock Holmes Baffled" in 1900, if you're wondering), there has been much discussion about which is better--reading the original book or watching the movie adaptation? Each version has its own merits, which is probably why the debate has never been laid to rest, but to me there is a clear winner. As an avid book reader and lover (and hopefully future writer), I will always side with the book--no matter how good the movie that follows may or may not be. Here are the reasons why...

    1. Books allow you to know what the characters are actually thinking.

    One of my top arguments for why I will always prefer books is that books actually allow you to know what the characters are thinking or feeling. In movies, you have to rely on two things: 1) a character telling you what they (or others) are thinking or feeling, or 2) the subtext you can pick up from the performance of the actor. This may be fine for the people who pay attention that closely, but it is a lot more difficult if you're someone like me. There are also certain thoughts or feelings that you can't tell just by looking at an actor. Take a heart pounding faster, for example.

    2. Books allow you to get to know the characters better.

    As a result of many of the reasons on this list, books let you get to know the characters better. You get to know their actual thoughts (like I said in #1), you spend more time with them, and you learn more details about them. Take the Harry Potter series-- one of the most famous book to movie adaptations--for example. If you just watch the movies without reading the books, there is a lot that you don't know about the characters because it was left out of the movie. This brings me to my next reason.

    3. Books don't have to cram everything into a two-hour time frame.

    Books get to tell their stories in hundreds (sometimes thousands) of pages that take hours to read. A movie has a limited time frame of roughly two hours. You know, that is unless you divide the story into two movies like they have been doing. There is no way to get all of the material from the hundreds of book pages into a two four-hour movie. Because of this, important events and details often get left out of the movie in order to fit the limited time frame and/or because they may or may not work well with the medium. If you just watch the movie, you aren't really getting the whole story--just the condensed version.

    4. Books allow you to experience the story at your own pace.

    This can be related to reason three. With books, you can take your time and read at whatever pace you want to. You can breeze through it in a day or two (if you have that much consecutive time) or you can take your sweet time and enjoy it slowly over a few weeks or even months. On the other hand, movies are usually watched in a one, roughly two-hour sitting. This option is a lot faster overall if you have a busier schedule, but it also means you have to find the time in your busy day to dedicate to the watching the whole movie. You don't really have the option of watching it chapter by chapter or scene by scene...unless, of course, you want to.

    5. Books leave more to the imagination.

    Books allow you to be more creative and imagine the characters, places, scenes and so on, the way you want to. Everyone can have their own interpretation of things when they read, because there is no right or wrong one. In movies, all of the work is done for you with the set choice of actors and other visual details. And not everything or everyone chosen for a movie lines up with what the readers pictured in their minds, which can be a major source of discord for the more loyal book fans.

    6. Books are more detailed.

    There are certain things you can do in a book that you just can't in a movie. Besides letting you know the characters' thoughts, which I've already touched on, books also let you in on more basic story and plot details. It is a lot easier to set up the story and explain what is going on in a book simply because of the medium/format. An author can use anywhere from a line of dialogue to a paragraph to even a whole chapter to give the readers the background information they need. Movies have fewer options to do this and mostly have to rely on dialogue to get the job done. It takes a good balance to make this work, though, because where a couple lines of dialogue are fine, a whole big monologue of exposition takes up a lot of time and interrupts the flow of the story.

    7. Books are portable.

    This is an easy one. You can carry a book around with you almost anywhere you go. There's now also the option of reading it on your electronic devices. You can do this with some movies too, sure, but most of the time it's on a smaller screen that makes it harder to enjoy. Other than that, you either need to be at a movie theater or have a TV and/or a VCR (old-fashioned, I know), DVD, or Blu-ray player.

    8. Books are cheaper.

    Anyone who has been to the movies lately can tell you that it is not cheap. Even if you get a good price on the tickets, you also have to add the cost of any food or drinks you get there plus the cost of driving there. If you don't want to shell out that kind of money to see a movie in theaters, you can wait to buy it when it comes to stores (or Netflix now), which still isn't all that cheap. Books are usually cheaper because you can borrow most of them from a friend or a library. They're usually cheaper if you buy them too, unless you buy some sort of special edition of the book or a whole series.

    9. Books allow you to experience the story as the author intended it.

    Another one of the reasons that I am most passionate about is that books allow you to experience everything as the author intended it to be (for the most part). There are no big Hollywood agendas or studio/director/screenwriter changes made to the story when you're reading the book. The publishing company, yes, but not Hollywood. I can tell you that there is nothing more disappointing for a book lover than seeing one of your favorite stories be butchered and changed when it is made into a movie. My fellow Percy Jackson fans will know what I am talking about.

    10. Books can stay with you forever.

    There's not really much I can add to this one other than the books that we read and love, whether as a child or an adult, have a way of sticking with us and influencing us in ways we could never have imagined. The aforementioned Harry Potter series does this for me. Even though I read these books at a very young age, the stories have stuck with me to this day and remain one of my all-time favorites. I don't care how good a movie adaptation may be; none of them have made as much of an impact on me as their book counterparts have.

    It's clear to see that I have a lot of opinions when it comes to this particular topic. I love movies just as much as the next person, but when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations, there really is no contest for me. Because no matter how great the visuals and effects for a movie may be, nothing will ever beat its more detailed, intimate, imaginative, and character-driven book. Anyone who disagrees can leave me a comment so we can respectfully discuss it.

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