Top Ten Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movies

The Top Ten

1 In Books, You Can Imagine Things the Way You Want To

You can imagine characters, places, scenes just the way you want them to be. Books allow your mind to be creative. - winner333

I agree with nearly all the items on this list but books really force a person to use his/her imagination.

Okay. 500 people read a Harry Potter book for the first time. They will have each 500 different versions of how Harry, Ron, Hermione look like. Next they watch the movie. Now they think that only Harry looks like Radcliffe, Ron like Grint, and Hermione like Watson.

I hate author's intent. I want to decide what happens in my story.

2 Books Last Longer

You can read a book at your own pace. You can either enjoy it slowly over a few weeks, or you can devour it in a day or two. - winner333

Mini series are also better than movies for this exact reason. I hate movies.

Not really, Books can wear off the quality real fast on paperbacks. - B1ueNew

I think books are better than movies and I'm also writing a report on why books are better than movies so can please help me because its due on Friday please help me show my class why books are better than movies

3 Movies are Bad for Your Eyes

So true. Movies are the reason why my mom, dad, and sister are all blind.

Movies are bad for your eyes and so are books if you try reading them in the dark trust me that was not pleasant

No its actually proven that T.V. screens and movies are not bad for your eyes. People say, "don't get to close to the telly, or you'll need glasses"
but its not true, so yeah, learn your facts...

On the other hand books are too. I do not agree with it

4 Books Stimulate the Mind Better Because They Force You to Use Your Imagination

Authorial intent always messes everything up. I want to decide how everything happens.

Totally concur. I love films but I'm forced to imagine only what the actors project. With books, the imagination is limitless. I don't want to be shown what's going on; I want to use my imagination and be creative with it. - Britgirl

Yeah! Books allow you to create the scene the way you want it to look, so you imagine.

You need to use your imagination because in life imagination is important

5 Books Improve Your Vocabulary

I need to pay my respects to this amazing list. Let's have a moment of commemorative silence. - keycha1n

Apart from doing something recreational, you're also doing something productive. - winner333

Books can really be helpful in improving your English or any other language that you read.

I know, right? The best part is you can sound smarter when you use harder words. Hey, I've done that before! - MysticDragon_

This is amazing how did you get this much information guys please tell me

6 Books are More Detailed

Apart from narrating the storyline in depth, books explain the thoughts going through a characters' minds while performing an action, which lets you connect with them better and immerse yourself deeper in the story. Example: The Shining - Book VS Movie. While reading the book I felt Jack was a close friend and I started caring for him. But his character in the movie felt sort of underdeveloped, the Overlook hotel too. It was the main reason why Stephen King hated the movie adaptation of his masterpiece. - winner333

How is some text on paper more detailed than a whole crew of actors and visual effects and background? - B1ueNew

Because some movies don't involve all the details they sometimes leave some details and ideas out because you cannot fit all the ideas of the novel in an one hour book that is why books are better because they have every single detail.

When your making a movie of a book, people are always waiting with their knives

7 Books Hold More Memories

That is subjective - movieman666

I disagree - PeeledBanana


8 Characters in Books Cannot Be Ruined by Bad Acting

In movies, a lot of times, brilliantly developed characters fail to impress because of the actor's inability to perform the role. - winner333

Ah, but great acting cannot be surpassed. Similarly to what you say, there are often poorly written characters. - Billyv

Movies always remove your vision of the book and bad acting ruins the book. EVERYTHING in the movie ruins the book!

I gotta vote this. All characters in books possess the Oscar in my mind.

Have you ever seen the Percy Jackson movies? I read those books in two weeks and the movies made me cry...

9 Books are Totally Portable

Ever heard of streaming services? You can watch movies on your phone watchu mean. - B1ueNew

You cannot take a movie in school can you?

You will have to worry about having electricity to play the movie. You just need a comfortable space and good lighting to read a book.

They are but when you get a screen that small, its kind of worthless.

10 Books are More Helpful

Books help in developing speaking and reading skills

Speaking? By reading? Wouldn't you improve your oral skills more by a medium with actual dialogue - movieman666

It is true because it gives a lot of useful thing to improve your reading level


The Newcomers

? Books Don’t Display Sex Scenes

Yes that's true

The Contenders

11 Books are More Educational

Financially, books help educationally as movies do not.

Yes! This is what a lot of people would want, who doesn't want to get smarter?

Better spelling

Books are better because allow you to express your imagination and creativity of mind

12 Movies Have Limited Storytelling Time

A good story can't be told to it's full potential in two and a half hours. - winner333

Movies don't have the same budget as books, books budget is imagination

That is true they will for get it

We can read books again and again.

13 Reading a Story Makes It Stay in Your Mind Longer

That's why in schools use books for education

A story you have read over a few days stays with you longer. - winner333

Yes books take your mind for peace

That is subjective - movieman666

14 Reading is Usually Cheaper

If you borrow books from a library, they cost NOTHING unless you order a book and then you pay a mega small borrowing fee.

Ok that's right, but it's better to chose quality over quantity. - B1ueNew

It depends on the book price. A movie might be 20 - 30 dollars and a book might be 10-20 dollars. So I would go with the cheapest one and the greatest one.

Ticket price + popcorn and a drink - for a movie which will last no more than three hours vs the price of a book - which will last for a week or two. - winner333

15 A Lot of Movies Focus on Being Commercial, Compromising on Quality

A lot of directors are so focused on making money that they stop caring about their movies' quality. They know what sells, and so, they follow the basic blueprint which is sure to get the masses filling up theatres. An infamous example: The Transformers Series. - winner333

Breaking News : Modern publishing has been doing this for decades - creating popular and "name" authors who have talent but aren't necessarily writing better fiction than people who can't attract a publisher or get quickly sent to limited run or ceased publication status - Billyv

Totally true and reading makes you a better speller

But the chart says... - JamesBourne

16 In Books You Get to Know the Characters Better

In movies they often do not say what the characters are thinking, we can just only look at the way they act, while in books there is usually sentences of the way the characters feel (for example "the heart is beating faster") and/or think. Such a way an actor from movies can not expose.

Harry Potter looked way different in my head, and I almost wouldn't watch the second movie, because I didn't like how almost all my favorite characters were changed.

When I read the hunger games book Then I watch the movie they were so different then the book is.

Yeah books give you a much better character and you can get to know the character with the information from the book.

17 As an Author, You Control Everything in Your Book

I KNOW! I'm currently doing a project at school in with I am writing a The 39 Clues Fan-Fic, and LOVE the way my ideas are turning up! No one stops me from writing what I think!


18 Books Do Not Show Dirty Scenes

What?! This is not a reason that books are good... also it depends on what you're reading. Obviously the magic tree house isn't going to have sexual scenes but have you ever read any page of Game of Thrones?

Actually, in books, authors normally have more permission to add dirty or suggestive themes in their books than in movies because there are no actors and because you're not actually visually seeing it.

Quite often, suggestive scenes in books can be more descriptive than in movies. Also, what's with the extreme hate towards anything vaguely sexual? - kempokid

Little kids don't need to be looking at that dirty stuff

19 Books are More Amusing Than Movies

You can get bored at a theatre while when you wanna leave the rest of the book for the next day, you can do that!

That is subjective - movieman666

What I said for Books more detailed. - B1ueNew

heck yea

20 Even Ugly Characters Can Look Nice in Books

In movies all the ugly characters look ugly but in books you can imagine how you want all if the characters to look.

Why should ugly characters look nice? - movieman666

Thanks for the info

Awesome research, thanks

21 Books Don't Have Ads

Television movies have more adds

Yea that's great reason

22 Books Don't Require Electricity

A good point in favour of books, I vastly prefer books to movies and the simple convenience is a reason why, as well as personal preference - kempokid

True, although we do have reading apps now. Though I still prefer hard cover books.

That's true.

Totally thts true...

23 When You Buy a Movie It is Hard to Edit but When You Buy a Book It is Easy to Edit

Yeah because u rip out the pages

24 You Can Just Put the Book Down When You Need a Break

You can just pause the movie unless you are in the theater or something. - B1ueNew

I agree with it


25 Books Provide the Background Information that Movies Can't Provide

Books are awesome

26 Books Don't Need Dumb Trailers

Both movies and books do advertising, in different ways of course - movieman666

Are you suggesting that all trailers are dumb? - PeeledBanana

By the way, T.V. is deadlier for adults' eyes than kids'.

27 Anyone Can Make a Book but Only Directors Can Make Movies

Any one can come up with a story idea and put a pen to paper but not everyone can afford the equipment to make a half decent movie

Um, no...Making a movie is pretty much like writing a book. Directing a movie is like acting/performing a story that you have written.

Yeah not everyone can be a director but anyone can make a book. That's y teachers teach story writing at school.

Filter out the bad - movieman666

28 Books are Great Babysitters

Movies are Also Great Babysitters - movieman666

But books last longer

29 Books Describe the Characters' Emotions Better

A good actor can be much more expressive than text, due to being able to see what the character's going through rather than having to rely on the narrator/characters to convey it through words. - kempokid

A books character isn't someone 'acting' it's the person in their own right, they are themselves, they KNOW how to act out their own emotion. For one they're not getting payed to act out someone elses life/feelings. an actor can only ever portray a characters emotions not live them.

30 Books Can Be More Exciting

Yes of course they are... I totally agree...

You can really understand whats happening, in movies it always a bit of a jumble of explotions and yelling, in books way more understandable when there is a fighting scene

Movies Can Be More Exciting - movieman666

I disagree as much as you can disagree with something or someone - Potterhead2001

31 Books Have Nice Covers

Movies Have Nice Covers - movieman666

Usually if you compare a dvd and a book a book would last longer

32 Books Help You with Your Eyesight

So true

33 Movies Have a Budget but for Books Their Budget is Your Imagination
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