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1. Books are AncientI’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 SeriesYou 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 TellThere 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 VoiceIn 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 PortableI 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.