Why we say, “The book was better.”

11 Dec

Books will never be films, and films will never be books. In my film course in college, we did a whole section on this fact. Its simple, don’t ever expect, that after reading lord of the rings, that the movie will go page by page, scene by scene. This is the magic of books!

With a book, description is powerful, but also mind food. A description triggers our imagination to create the visual worlds based of the facts we are given. Books draw you into the word where YOU are the main character, you get the chance to live another life, and be somewhere new.

Not to say a movie does not accomplish this, movies can certainly take you places, but they leave you wishing it was you who was there, you as the ring-bearer, or seventeen year old wizard, or evil accountant…

“The forest was misty…”

that can mean a million things, a movie simply erases this… creativity is dead.

do you know that, “He leaned into my neck, his breath tickling my skin as he whispered my name…” is way more powerful than just merely seeing it…

Think about it…

But i’m not knocking movies either, some BOOKS are better as a MOVIE… Harry Potter for example, movies were amazing and i found myself enjoying them more.

really scary bad example TWILIGHT…. the movie made it obvious that there simply was not enough content in the book to begin with, just a whole lot of “wine” and a little too much pity…

But I can’t hate anythings thats entertaining 🙂

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One Response to “Why we say, “The book was better.””

  1. Christopher December 12, 2008 at 5:53 am #

    I treat movies as introductions to the books on which they are based. Thus I always see the movie first, then read the book.

    Doing it the other way around has never failed to disappoint.

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