Books vs. Movies

some old books i found in the guest room. =]
some old books i found in the guest room. =] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I can’t say it better, so I won’t. The following is from an article that was recently featured in The Guardian.

“Films are great, but they just don’t have the same…inclusion that books have. You’re merely an observer: you aren’t feeling everything the character feels, aren’t reading every single one of their innermost thoughts, all of their doubts and fears and hopes. Films let you observe everything. Books? Books let you feel everything, know everything and LIVE everything. With a book, you can be the hero who kills the demon with one twirl of your blade. You can be the girl who battles cancer, along with all the pain and uncertainty that comes with it. You can be a demigod, you can be an alien, you can be an angel, a god, a villain, a hero. You can be in love, you can hate, you can triumph, you can lose. You can be anything and everything. There are no limits. No restrictions. Nothing is impossible, nothing is out of reach…

And that… that is why books are always better. When you read a book, nothing else exists and you can be a whole other person in this completely new and amazing world. You can live as someone else, free of your own troubles, even if only for two hundred pages.

Books are magic. Which is why I’m telling you all to forget about movie magic and get back to the pure magic that lives upon your bookshelves. Because while the movies are good… the books are ALWAYS better.”



4 thoughts on “Books vs. Movies

  1. I, for one, agree 100%. And I even wrote a whole editorial a few years ago that went one step further. I maintained that a book you hold, smell, and physically turn the pages of is even better than just having words digitally produced on an electronic reader. (Although I hasten to add that I would not ban all e-readers, since, as authors, they do indeed help make us money.)


  2. Books and movies have their own strengths – they can tell the same sorts of stories, but they have very different ways of doing it. Each, to me, has distinct appeal – but they are different. I guess what you’re arguing is that the emotional response of reading a book can be deeper, and certainly I’d agree; a book offers a much longer experience. And it is, indeed, better, in that sense. But I think that movies do offer other forms of emotional pull.


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