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

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

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've always preferred books over movies - Lunala

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2 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

Books also often develop their characters more and add multiple dimensions to them. - Turkeyasylum

Game of Thrones is a great example of this. Each and every character has their own thoughts and feelings about one another, the chapters are full of life, it makes you feel like you ARE inside the characters head. Not to mention each chapter -depending on which character it is- will have its own tone- Woah, wait a minute, that was turning into a Game of Thrones review, anywho. BOOKS ARE awesome. - Top10Turbulance

My before history teacher told me that but now he's a counselor I see the difference between to kill a mockingbird version of a book and movie and it turns out to be correct books are more detailed - Kevinsidis

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3 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

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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4 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.

100 present true, like in tuck everlasting miles, Jessie, and even the fosters were off, I was disappointed.

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5 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

The longer the movie is the more boring it becomes (the longest movie is 300 min (5h) and the shortest movie is 100 sec

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6 Books Are Totally Portable

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.

You cannot take a movie in school can you?

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


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7 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

Then don't watch those certain movies. - movieman666

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8 Reading Is Usually Cheaper

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

Last time I went to the movies it cost $10. when I bought a book, it was almost $20. so it depends on the book.

I went to the movies and bought my friends stuff and I cost like $30

These points are totally right plus its super simple to understand.why didn't I look this up before

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9 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

All the kids in my class from last year can't spell right and they use slang all the time but I do sometimes. Most of the girls in my old class only cared about twerking and fighting while I read articles on Wikipedia and draw. - PrincessKiana

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

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10 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

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The Contenders

11 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

This is also why schools use books

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

12 Movies Can Be Extremely Sexual


Most book-adaptation movies kinda adds too much romance instead of focusing on the actual plot which really bugs me

This is very true! Haha I have never realized that!

This is true

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13 Usually 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.

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14 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!

15 Books Are Educational Assistance

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

Financially, books help educationally as movies do not.

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

It is true

16 Books Do Not Show Dirty Scenes

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.

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?

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

It only depends on your imagination

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17 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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18 Movies Burn Your Brain Cells

This is actually incorrect. - LemonComputer

19 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

20 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

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