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I Prefer the Book to the Movie

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    Majority Of The Time

    The book is almost always better than the movie. Much more detail of the story and character development in the book. I also enjoy reading the book because the author forces the reader to use their imagination to visualize the characters, locales, etc. There have been a few cases...
    americanwitch americanwitch 36-40, F 3 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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    Nothing Compares...

    To the book. No doubt. Although some remakes actually work. For instance my all time favorite book has been adapted into film many times but one film outshines them all. The 1992 version of Wuthering Heights. This was phenomenally performed by Rhalph Fiennes and Juliet...
    Lavenderweather2day Lavenderweather2day 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2013

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    Movies Have A Huge Disadvantage

    A movie has to summarize in a couple of hours what a book has hundreds of pages to develop. It usually takes a couple of weeks to finish a book. Books can add minute details,extra supporting characters, inner dialogue, movies can't compete. I think movies are much better adapted...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 6, 2012

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    One in particular-beautiful creatures by Kami

    Garcia. The book played out beautifully in my head.. Then I watched the movie and was disappointed.
    Mi5h Mi5h 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    Movies Help Me Find A Good Book

    As a kid I would simply walk down a library aisle and randomly pick a book in the middle of some row. I wouldn't look at the title or anything. I would check it out, go home and read it. There were only a couple that I couldn't get past the first chapter or two. The rest...
    dorianblue dorianblue 51-55, M Feb 11, 2012

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    I Enjoy Reading

    I have read a lot of books and some that were made into movies.Clive Cussler is one of my favorite authors.A few of his books have been made into movies,like Sahara,Raise the Titanic.The books have much better action in them and tend to keep you on the edge of your seat at some...
    Wallygator64 Wallygator64 46-50, M Dec 6, 2011

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    I like to see the actors in the movie

    so that i have someone to picture while im reading the book, but the books are always way better
    anovasiangel anovasiangel 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    Because it's just always better,

    naturally. The creator's vision in completion the first go round. But you only have so much time and money to make a movie. Not to mention flashy artistic license to make all the sources of income to want to see it. But I do have to say, I found Lord of the Rings movies pretty...
    Lovethebump Lovethebump 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 16

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    Imagination

    Imagination is the best movie. I don't think any actor/actress nor their producer can beat it. From the book, you know what they have in mind, you know the smell, you can 'feel' the grass they step on, it's just so real. Movie can't beat it.
    Awanputih Awanputih 18-21 3 Responses May 6, 2013

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    Harry Potter

    I usually like the books more than the movie but I think the Harry Potter books are WAY better than the movies. I'm reading the 5th one now.
    malooper malooper 13-15, F Aug 19, 2013

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    They Just Can't Get It Right

    Movie producers just can't get the movie right. I wonder if they even read the book first. My prime example is Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. The centaur was white not brown as portrayed in the movie and the girl, Annabeth, had blonde, not brown, but blonde hair. Eragon...
    B33z B33z 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2012

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    Lord Of The Rings

    Okay let me say i like  the films and love the book the films captured so much of the epic journey But if your sad enough watch the three movies back to back youl notice the characters change in the blink of an eye. Thats because of the sheer amount of beautiful wonderful...
    Randomguy22 Randomguy22 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 3, 2011

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    Always. Always. Always.

    The books are always better than the movie. I can't stress that enough. There is so much more detail in the book that cannot be wheezed into a tiny 2 hour time limit. Therefore, the books are always better.
    Lesbianheart Lesbianheart 36-40, F Dec 24, 2013

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    adesed adesed 16-17, F Apr 19

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    Oh My, You're Glowing.

    There she stood, soaked in mud, over the puddle that had destroyed her new summer dress. She had never seen a puddle so big but she didn’t have time start up a conversation with it. Up the hill, right next door to The Bird Shop, on a green bench is where a young man awaited her...
    shookground shookground 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2012

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    Harry Potter, Twilight, To Name A Few..

    Well duh! I'm yet to meet someone who's read the book and watched the movie and prefers the latter. I'll start with the most obvious one: 1. Harry Potter. Warner Bros took this thing and butchered it. The result was a catastrophe. The only reason I watched those disasters in...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 29, 2012

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    Imagination Over Reality

    If your'e like me you create a visual of the characters and when they make a movie it seldom is the same.  And, many of the movies say, "based on" which usually means there's little resemblance to the book.  Even when they try to follow the story line, it's...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 1 Response Apr 4, 2008

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    Okay, Really?

    So, when I see movies, I'm all like, "Hey! Not cool! You can't do that!" Here are some examples. They cut Peeves out of Harry Potter. He was almost my favorite. (But something good about the movies: Snape quoted the books exactly, only slower; first time I saw the movie I couldn...
    dontyouwish dontyouwish 13-15, F Feb 22, 2013

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    More Intense Experience

    I am a sensual being since I am human and therefore a being made of matter. I do strive after experience but only as of a consequence of my search. I do prefer to read of an adventure, rather than to watch an interpretation. However, as I question my own visualisation and learn...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 18-21, F Aug 27, 2013

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    Liked The Book Over The Movie....

    Perfect example: Lee Child's "One Shot" over Tom Cruise's "Jack Reacher."
    chillsdavis chillsdavis 56-60, M Jul 27, 2013

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    Twilight Is The Perfect Example

    In the book, it seemed as thought Edward was a god! In the movie, he seems so awkward and uncoordinated. The movie was a disgrace to the book.
    girlanonymous girlanonymous 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 22, 2011

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    they Are Much Bette Than Fi...

    they are much bette than films. Films tend to exaggerate and change whole parts of the story wich is a burn  
    Arijoy Arijoy 19-21 3 Responses May 8, 2008

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    I Read Before I Watch, Its Much Better That Way

    I rather read a book before seeing the movie. I have ALL but one of Nicholas Sparks books (I havent got his most recent one "the best of me") so all these movies based on his books are very familiar to me. I saw "the Notebook" and I did not like how they changed it.I love the...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2012

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    A Man Who Doesn't Speak Much Is It A Problem ?

    I am a man almost silent I do not like to talk a lot I do not like to talk about the **** many of my friends I think it's a disease and I must speak, I also find it much because I do not speak to my problems and I think I have a great emotional release one think to explain...
    lastlycan lastlycan 22-25, M Nov 10, 2011

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    Count of Monte Cristo

    Alexander Dumas wrote quite a few great books, but my favorite of his is the 'Count of Monte Cristo'.  Sure it was rough getting through chapters 1-10, but once i hit 11, i couldnt put the book down.  Edmond Dantes was this humble person in love with a woman named...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 13, 2009

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    Percy Jackson!!!!

    If you also have read the book I am sure you have seen the movies. I have seen butchered story lines, but this was just pathetic.
    outofwonderland outofwonderland 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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    They Are More Attractive That Way

    I prefer the book to the movie for many reasons. One of the main reasons being that with books, much is left to the imagination. You have to imagine the characters, places and events based upon how they are described, not depicted. Depicting many of these things spoil the mystery...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F May 4, 2013

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    No Justice For Anne Rice!!

    The Queen of the Damned is my favourite out of the Vampire Chronicles, I read it in and out always mesmerised by Anne Rice's richly woven tale.. her beautifully described characters and the almost believable backstory to the mother queen and her consorts.I eagerly waited for the...
    DarkHeartLove DarkHeartLove 26-30, F Jul 30, 2012

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    I Can't Stand True Blood

    I'm a big fan of the sookie stackhouse books but for some reason I can't stand the show True Blood, I try to watch but I just keeps getting angry about all the things that should'nt be happening at all. I tried my hard to watch all the episodes I could find but after maybe 5-6...
    Bufflan Bufflan 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 2, 2010

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    Movies For the Unimaginative?

    Why is it Hollywood has to be so stupid that they cannot come up with their own good movie ideas? Isn't there a such thing for them called authors? Or is it they are too lazy to even bring up a thread to make it into an original story? Books are always the better of the...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 27, 2009

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    There Are So Many Examples...

    Watership Down The Lord of the Rings (all 3 of them) The Shining (Stanley Kubrick's movie came closest) Both Bridget Jones books Definitely the Harry Potter series The Stand    
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2008

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    Actors Vs. Imagination

    And dont you find that the actors they get to play the characters in the movie never really look like how you pictured them as you were reading the book?
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 4, 2008

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    Yeah

    I would say the majority of the time I prefer the book to the movie. I do like the movies Thank You For Smoking and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest more than the books. I still enjoy the books, though. If I like the book a lot - like, A LOT - I won...
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2009

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    No Contest

    It is a rare thing when a movie lives up to a novel it is based on or at least is a reasonable representation and not totally dissappointing. Learning that a favorite story is going to be brought to the big screen is like a love hate relationship. It is great fun anticipating...
    outercalm outercalm 46-50, M Mar 15, 2012

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    Am I Wierd?

    I enjoy reading the book first, watching the movie, and finaly reading the book all over again right away! What are your thoughts?
    Cas5iopia Cas5iopia 22-25, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2012

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    I should not be allowed to watch films of books

    I've read. I spend the entire time resenting the film for not being as good as the book, leaving parts out, not following the story to the letter and all sorts.
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    The Vampires Assistant

    i read the book before seeing the movie and i cant believe how much diffrent the film is to the book - its almost like they have read the book and then made the movie with small bits of it, the film hasnt really been made i a way that it follows the story. in general thop with...
    crafterkim crafterkim 18-21, F Feb 13, 2012

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    Allmost Allways

    I allmost allways like the book better than the movie....... so much more to a book than a movie... But I. Actually liked the movie the shawshank redemption better than the book... it seems like they added a lot of extra stuff in the movie that enhanced the story with out...
    starman5000 starman5000 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 26, 2012

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    That's Not In The Book!!!!!

    My friends hate watching book-movies with me. 'Cause I'll only watch a movie about a book I like, and then I complain."That's not in the book!" I declare.  "Or it is, but it doesn't happen until the very end.  What the hell was the director thinking??"Or "That's not in the...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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    The Da Vinci Code

    I seriously love this book, it had me gripped all the way through! I think I read it in like three days it was just one of those that you can't put down! When I heard they were making a movie I was so excited! I have to say though that the film was nothing compared to the book...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F Jul 11, 2008

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