Top Ten Reasons Why Books Are Better Than Movies

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

I don't care how you pronounce their names, I will pronounce Siuan the way I want to. I also don't care what color coat Mat is wearing, he always wears green. Ogier are walking trees! That's all the complaints I have. Remember, don't judge a book by its movie. Besides, why would you watch a movie when you can read? I was reading a minute ago.

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.

If you watch a film and then read the book it is not exciting because the image of the character is already in your mind, whereas if you read the book first, you are able to picture the looks of the characters in your own way.

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

2 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.

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

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

Logan Lerman was about five years older than Percy shoulda been in both The Lightning Thief and The Sea of Monsters.

This is very true because the book could be anything beyond imagination yet the acting could ruin the whole movie.

3 Books Last Longer

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.

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.

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.

To be honest, it takes me about an hour to read a 300 page book, but I do believe in your argument

4 Books Improve Your Vocabulary

I think this is the most important point here. likewise when we want to teach the kid the first thing that we did it is the alphabet then reading a stories to build their vocabulary. so I courage this point

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

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

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!

5 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.

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

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

6 In Books You Get to Know the Characters Better

Even the simplest characters like Greg Heffley are spot on in the books, but just seem off in movies. Zachary Gordon wasn't that bad, but since there were at least 7 Wimpy Kid books out by the time the movie version of Dog Days came out he was almost 20. So, they tried a remake. Those never work.

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.

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

7 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.

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.

I love reading so this may not be realiable. however, when it comes to harry potter, the books are the clear winner. I mean, COME ON PEOPLE! how is the first book that bad! Its like the director took a pair of sissors, cut out paper snow flakes, THEN read it! It leaves out so many details! So heads up! always read the harry potter books first or else you don't have the right to say that you finished the first harry potter book or movie.

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...

8 Movies are Bad for Your Eyes

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...

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

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

I totally agree

9 Books are More Amusing Than Movies

It depends on the movie and the book, but I must agree. Percy was funnier in the books, Tris wasn't so girly, Katniss stayed the same but I just couldn't get interested in the 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!

What I said for Books more detailed.

That is subjective

10 Books Don't Have Ads

Actually, yeah, they do. Usually, it's at the end of the book and features other books by the author.

Television movies have more adds

Yea that's great reason

The Contenders
11 Books Hold More Memories

Yep. Memories that feel like amazing dreams

That is subjective

12 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.

Totally true and reading makes you a better speller

That's true, I know, but I can't think of an example

Then don't watch those certain movies.

13 Books Can Be More Exciting

Nothing ticks me off more than a good book being turned into trash because the movie was poorly developed.

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

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

14 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.

That is true you cannot bring a movie to school the movie you may want is not appropriate for school so what's the point.

Movies are portable too these days, because of tablets and smart-phones, but a lot of people have to worry about storage, wi-fi, headphones, etc.

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

15 Movies Have Limited Storytelling Time

Different genres, movies provide visual stimulation, they have to keep the 'pace' up to stay exciting and dramatic.

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

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

That is true they will for get it

16 Books are More Helpful

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

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

17 Books Describe the Characters' Emotions Better

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.

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.

18 Books are More Educational

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

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.

Since when did fictional stories improve our knowledge?

19 Reading a Story Makes It Stay in Your Mind Longer

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

That's why in schools use books for education

Yes books take your mind for peace

Ya just ya they are better

20 Reading is Usually Cheaper

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.

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

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.

21 Books are Great Babysitters

So are movies, but I get the point.

But books last longer

Movies are Also Great Babysitters

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

Movies just plop the actor into whatever the first scene is and usually rush the background information or throw it in the trash. Book based movies usually convey the message, "This is (insert favorite book character here). He/she is the main character. We don't care about their background. Okay?"

Books are awesome

23 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!

24 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?

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

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

25 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?

Awesome research, thanks

Thanks for the info

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