Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Five Ways Reading Books is Better Than Watching Movies


the swedish book corner
via ami photography
I read. Not as much as a lot of people, but I remember in March when a boy at school asked me how many books I’d read so far this year—I said, “only sixteen.” He was like, “Oh, right, ONLY.” because apparently he had read even fewer. Especially among my age group, it seems like books are much less read than movies watched (at least in my case), and that’s kind of sad. Books are more worthwhile in some ways. Allow me to explain.

1.  Books are Ancient

I’m not saying that you should like books because they’re old—I am saying that the concept of a book carries a lot simply because it has been around so long. We’ve been acting out stories for a long time, but the actual art of movies is a product of the twentieth century. With a book, you can read something centuries old and be connected to the past, or you can read something published yesterday and still be connected to the past—because the craft we put into books is centuries in the making!

2. It’s Okay to Have Fourteen Books in a Series

You can have multiple books in a series and it’s totally okay. There’s also some leeway if you make multiple movies based off of a book series—you have the fanbase and things tend to work out. However, there’s a limit to how many movies you can have in a series before it starts to look stupid. There are seven Fast and Furious movies now, which, to me, looks silly. Not that I like the Matrix movies anyway, but they might have been better off with just one. Multiple movies have plot shakiness, less continuity, and tend to look less professional than books. The story goes ever on and on in books, and that’s the way we like it.

3. It’s Easier to Tell

There is that saying “show, don’t tell” but the reality of it is, “show and tell in appropriate amounts to suit the story.” Movies have to do an awful lot of showing, simply because they are a visual medium. More often than not, if you want to tell the audience something you can’t show, you have to find a way for a character to tell it. In a book, narrators have a greater freedom to share details simply by telling, instead of manufacturing scenes just so that characters can discuss something important. (That isn’t to say it doesn’t happen in books, of course.)

4. There’s a Voice

In movies, the camera has to be your voice, because usually there is not an omniscient narrator. In a book, not only do the characters have unique voices, but whoever the narrator may be, there is an extra voice there. Maybe the narrator is the main character, maybe God, but either way, the author’s choice with voice adds that something extra to the story.

5. Books are Portable

I get it, you can truck movies around on your phone or whatever—and that works out for some people. However, as long as you have a light and a decent ignorance of the world around you, then you are going to have the ability to read, regardless of battery power, connectivity, passwords, whatever. I can read during graduation rehearsal, during class, while I’m waiting for an appointment, wherever! You can take the story with you, and it will serve you well.


Books are great—stories are great! We shouldn’t discount movies, of course (and we won’t—guess what my next post shall be!), but books bring a lot to the table, and make up a big portion of entertainment in my life. Keep reading, everybody—it’s worth it.

What about you? Why do you enjoy books? (Or, do you not enjoy books? Why not?) What is your favorite book, and why?

13 comments :

  1. Yes, so true. Books are special (and I've read a lot of them) books can take you too another place and that's awesome. I love a lot of books, but A Brief History of Montmaray is *ONE of my favourites because the character of Sophie is so easy to understand and the story is completely fascinating
    btw, I love your new profile picture :) You look lovely

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    1. Books do have that magical power! I haven't read Montmaray, but it sounds like some awesomeness! :) And thank you! It was one of many taken last year for my senior pictures. :)

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  2. Yes! I love movies as a completely different art form in a way, I guess, so I don't particularly like to say one is better than the other. *shrugs*

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    1. Well, I don't either, but I think that it's fun to talk about why some parts of books and movies are better than other parts of books and movies. That's why we're talking about this for three weeks instead of one. ;)

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  3. Everything you mentioned here is on point! I love movies (although I've been favoring TV shows a lot more for a while now) but books have so much to offer that movies often don't. Although, I have learned that I'm more likely to cry for a character on-screen than for a book character. So maybe some of my emotions are just stronger visually? I don't know.

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    1. Movies and TV shows are great, but books do give us something special! I think a movie can give you a lot more sensory impact (eyes, ears, the people around you) than in a book, which is just your paper and imagination. It doesn't surprise me, but you'd probably have to talk to someone who knows about science for a real answer. xD

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  4. Ah, books. Nothing like turning an actual, physical, paper page! I don't like reading on a device that much. X)

    Speaking of books vs tv however....I did tag you in a tag about tv characters. XD Although I'm sure you could switch that to book characters if you wanted to. ;) No pressure if you don't feel like it. XD

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    1. Ah, I like my Kindle plenty, but using paper does add something special to the image, anyway. :)

      Thanks for the tag, although I've already done it! Thanks for thinking of me, though. :)

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  6. Thinking about it, I'd say I've watched more movies this year than- no, actually. SCRAP THAT. Thinking about it, I've read a ton more books than the amount of films I've watched, but the thing that distinguishes books as my favourite, much as I enjoy films, is that books just leave me with more. I'm more involved as the story is told, my memory of the story is more active and I remember things and think about them on a higher level. Books truly do have a special kind of magic. x
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    1. Well, I cannot say the same—I've watched way more movies than I've read books this year! But books definitely have a higher-level attitude to them, although, at least for me, it's a lot easier to think about that in regards to movies than it is in books, because I need to rewatch/reread them before I get the full effect. Books are still magical, yes! Thanks for stopping by, Romi!

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  7. YES. YES. I will always pick books over movies (expect maybe Perks of a Wallflower. The movie was brilliant, the book, meh). I love turning the pages and the smell of book stores.

    Books are a special thing :)

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    1. XD I will not, but I'm glad I spoke to you! Books are great, and book stores are better. Not least of all because you can find very amazing things hidden all over the place. But, you're right—I couldn't agree more! :) Books are very special for us all.

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