Top Ten Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movies


The Top Ten

1 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

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.

Movie videogames are better than books

I love this list! I agree that people should read more often.

2 Movies are Bad for Your Eyes

Totally True

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

3 More Imagination for the Reader

Thank you for that it makes me feel proud of being a kid👍😀

4 Books Improve Your Vocabulary

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

I'm reading a book and learning words I never knew

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.

5 It Doesn't Get Split Into Two Parts

The movies have more action if split into two parts

Takes time? Tension, buildup. Costs more? Torrent - movieman666

I hat it when they do that!

Lot's of movies like The Hunger Games Mockingjay are needlessly stretched into two parts by people who want to scrape as much money from the franchise before it ends. - Erikelelf

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

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 Longer Enjoyment

If you ask me what I want to do for you know, lets say two hours, and we can't go somewhere, then I would grab a blanket (or ice tea for the summer) and one of the Harry Potter books. The it could stretch over two hours, and probably filled the two hours.

Movies have more intense enjoyment - movieman666

8 Books Hold More Memories

That is subjective - movieman666

I disagree - PeeledBanana

9 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...

10 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

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

Movies may last long too

Sadly, that is not the case for me. You know you wrote a perfect book when I read it in one day (or if you read any book smaller than 200 pages). You know you've written an awesome book when it takes me 2-3 days to read. If it takes me any longer than a week, I'm either really busy, or the book is large, or it's just great. If it's any less than good, you'll most likely find it in the junk pile of my bookshelf.


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11 Books Help in Developing Various Activities

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

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

That is so TRUE!

13 Books Are Educational Assistance

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?

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

It is true

14 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

15 Books Are Totally Portable


DvD - XxembermasterxX

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.

16 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.

Reading is way cheaper, and more fun to read for less money.

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.

Thanks for your notes is very useful

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

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

This is also why schools use books

18 Movies Can Be Extremely Sexual

Actually I don't go with that opinion because we can choose nice movies too! '

Like Shrek.


Books Can Be Worse - Kuro

19 Books Are More Convenient to Carry Around

Well, until you run out of batteries.

iPad? - movieman666

20 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

21 Usually In Books You Get to Know the Characters Better

Movies don't burn my brain

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.

22 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!


23 Movies Burn Your Brain Cells

This is actually incorrect. - LemonComputer

OF COURSE I hate it when I'm watching a movie and my brain spontaneously combusts


Yeah that’s true

24 You Can’t Burn a Movie After Your Favorite Character Dies in It

You can burn the disk or the entire cinema if you really wanted to

I agree with this so much


25 Books Do Not Show Dirty Scenes

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

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.

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

26 Even Ugly Characters Can Look Nice

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

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27 Books are More Amusing Than Movies

heck yea

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

28 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

29 Books Help You Get Into University

I agree it gives you more education.

30 You Are Smarter If You Read Books

Better spelling

I hate spell check

Not necessarily - movieman666

That's heavily subjective. - PeeledBanana

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31 Books Don't Have Ads

Yea that's great reason

Television movies have more adds

32 Books Don't Require Electricity

Aha so true

Totally thts true...

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.

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33 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'.

34 Reading with a Friend

Nah, I'd rather watch a movie with a friend - PeeledBanana

35 Sometimes Movies Cut Out Some Details, Also Sometimes They Change Some of the Characters Traits

Absolutely - Azzyg99

Where's the rulebook that says movie directors has to follow the books step by step? - movieman666

36 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

37 Books are Also Great Babysitters

But books last longer

Movies are Also Great Babysitters - movieman666

38 Books Provide the Background Information That Movies Can't Provide

Books are awesome

39 It Improves Our Knowledge

Since when did fictional stories improve our knowledge? - movieman666

@movieman666 Ok here we go. Punctuation, vocabulary, grammar, spelling, wording things correctly...need I continue?

40 In Theatre They Don't Pause the Movie When You Have to Go to the Toilet Whereas You Can Just Put the Book Down


I agree with it

41 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.

42 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

43 Books Have All the Details that the Author Wants

Yes... But that's for a book.
A movie has all the details the author AND the director want. Plus since when does having everything the author want in a book make it better? If the author didn't have something go his/her way in a book we wouldn't know...

44 Movies Fry Brain Cells

Books require more brainpower and are less dumb.

Source? - movieman666

45 You Can’t Throw Movies


Especially when you favourite character dies

46 Movies Crush Your Brain

If read a book your brain gets stronger but if you watch tons of movies it's like a drug and is very bad for you

Source? - movieman666

47 Movie Theaters Can Be Cold, Loud, and Noisy You Can Read a Book In Your House Comfortably Cuddled On Your Couch In Silence.

Hey guys don't judge other people within there opinions I mean like how would you feel if people laughed or judged you opinion. I bet you would feel ashamed. also you have no right to judge other people and less you have a clear reason.

But you can still watch a movie at home not in a thereafter

Who said you had to go to the theatre to watch a movie? - movieman666

Then maybe you can watch the movie at home? - PeeledBanana

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48 Books are Better Help

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


49 Books Have Nice Covers

Movies Have Nice Covers - movieman666

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

50 Books Help You with Your Eyesight

So true

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