I Prefer the Book to the Movie

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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
    2 Responses Oct 18, 2012

    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

    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
    2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

    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
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jun 30, 2014
    imlivingbutdead imlivingbutdead
    16-17, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015

    Have you guys read the book "Paper Town" by

    Jhon Green? The book was so much better than the movie, like seriously the movie was a complete failure in comparison to the Book...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 6, 2015

    I mostly prefer the books to the movies,

    but I do like stalking the "if list" website to see what other people are thinking of for the main characters. I love to visualize the world's and people in my head but I like to share that with other people too.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 6, 2015

    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
    1 Response Mar 19, 2014

    Books are almost always better

    than movies. And if you read the book before the movie you're almost always disappointed in the end. While reading a book you get to make the characters look a certain way and sound a certain way, a movie takes that away. Plus, the movie almost always leaves out parts or even...
    wedgieshurtalot wedgieshurtalot
    18-21, F
    1 Response Nov 6, 2015

    Movie or book? I'll always go with the latter.

    In a movie, all the characters are already shaped by somebody else and you have nothing to do but to watch them in action. Creating your own mental picture a character is the most important thing for me when reading. And moreover, many details that bring a book to life are not...
    WitheredMind WitheredMind
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jan 3

    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

    books make our thought go right into the novel.

    .. we create the characters the way we want them to be... as if we are part of the story. it is like being part of all the adventure, romance...
    ElfawithaWolfHeart ElfawithaWolfHeart
    41-45, F
    1 Response Feb 8

    Thank you for making this group.

    I will list the books that I really enjoyed, but the movie adaptation was either disappointing, or downright HORRIBLE. It, Jurassic Park, Congo, Timeline, The Stand, American Psycho (in all fairness, that book couldn't be made into a movie, far too twisted) and the worst...
    spark19 spark19
    36-40, M
    Nov 5, 2015

    Hollywood can't hold a candle to my imagination.

    The intensity with which I feel the nuances in a written story has no equal.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Jun 22, 2015

    I enjoy the book experience more

    and the movie seems to leave something relevant out almost every time. The only exception that I can come up with is Jaws. I liked the book but really did enjoy that movie more. Otherwise book wins every time.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Nov 5, 2015

    American sniper was good,

    and props to Bradley Cooper he nailed it. But still so much to put in one movie that the book had
    Atom4815 Atom4815
    18-21, M
    Jun 21, 2015

    I have yet to find an example that's the

    opposite. Books hold more details because of course a movie can't have every single thing that's in the book plus they like to change things up anyways and add content that wasn't there. However, I think when a book is being converted to a movie, for the sake of those who've...
    jenni234 jenni234
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 11, 2014
    fauxlady fauxlady
    22-25, F
    Aug 26, 2014
    sabzzzz sabzzzz
    18-21, F
    Nov 6, 2015

    It all depends on which came first!

    If the book came first, try and read that before going to see the movie. But it's often dissapointing when the two are clearly not connected.
    picklebobble picklebobble
    51-55, M
    Oct 12, 2014

    What about hunger games.

    . books are wayyy better than the movie...
    Eloise123 Eloise123
    26-30, F
    1 Response Nov 5, 2015

    Books are always better,

    even if the movie is good. Sometimes they destroy the story with the movie though (*cough cough* PERCY JACKSON *cough cough*)
    ellajade ellajade
    16-17, F
    Feb 23, 2015

    A good book can take a person many more places

    than a movie. Reading is like dreaming with open eyes. I love the moment when you open and sink into it. You can escape from the world into a story that's way more interesting than mine will ever be.
    GirlieGirl07 GirlieGirl07
    46-50, F
    Jul 13, 2015

    I know there were no guaratnees.

    No way of knowing what came next for me, or him, or anything. Some things dont last forever, but some things do. Like a great song, or a good book, or a good memory you can take out and unfold in your darkest times, pressing down the corners and peering close, hoping you still...
    GirlieGirl07 GirlieGirl07
    46-50, F
    Nov 11, 2015

    I prefer scary books then scary movies.

    I like to make my characters sound different. I do voice changing in my head when I'm reading horror, mystery books... I should be a teacher who's reading to kids. Anyway I prefer books then movies besides romantic or comedy
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 4, 2015

    I'm absolutely in love with the purple man.

    If only fiction were reality.
    Perfectdreamingskull Perfectdreamingskull
    22-25, F
    Feb 8

    I prefer books to the movies

    because they let you exercise your imagination, picture the characters in your own preference, go through the story at your own pace, and learn proper grammar without consciously putting an effort into it. And many movies omit some details that you felt were essential to the...
    Letmebee Letmebee
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 3, 2015

    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

    This true to the Hobbit,

    Lord Of Rings, Eragon and all Harry Potter. They always have a lot more action and explain a lot more of the rules and always have a lot better sub plots.
    sroonaka616 sroonaka616
    18-21
    Nov 8, 2015

    The Neverending Story made me laugh

    and cry wayyy more than the movie ever did, I felt like I became closer to the characters through reading about them rather than watching them. And now when I do watch the classic movie that is The Neverending Story, I actually feel something...
    nacha18 nacha18
    22-25, F
    Sep 17, 2015

    because the books give a little bit more details

    and sometimes the books are different from the movies.. I always try to read the book first and sometimes they are a bit different
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Feb 8

    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
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Mar 18, 2014

    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.
    Airlangga Airlangga
    22-25
    2 Responses May 6, 2013

    My friends call me crazy

    for preferring the book to the movie.
    TeresaChanaki TeresaChanaki
    16-17, F
    5 Responses Oct 11, 2014

    So true, I always try to read the book

    before the movie (if there is). You end up feeling like there was a part untold we you see the movie. It's way more satisfying going through the pages of the book.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 18, 2015

    Except on rare occasions I always find the book

    to be better than the movie. A book leaves no holes in the plot line as movies are prone to do. Also books are open to the interpretation of the readers imagination in a way that movies do not. Books do not keep playing when you have to go to the bathroom. Good luck with that in...
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Sep 28, 2015

    Sometimes they just change way too much events.

    Or other times, they leave so much out! It needs to be a 17-hour-long spectacle that includes every single solitary detail and doesn't deviate at all from the storyline and has perfect casting. Just saying.
    BookWonderer BookWonderer
    16-17, F
    Oct 18, 2014

    Often the case - most likely

    since the movie can never match your own created reality of the book. Gone Girl was the latest example - the film is good and follows close to the book story which many don't but frankly not as dramatic - but then again is that because I know the story now by reading the book...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Sep 17, 2015

    Always, always, always!

    I don't care what anyone else says! Books are SO much better! The movies don't really capture the essence of the book, not completely, but if they redid older movies (my personal picks would be IT and The Shining) and kept them truer to the books, they would be AMAZING!
    SurpriseMeToday SurpriseMeToday
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Oct 21, 2015

    I would not say always,

    but a few books come to mind for me, 'Jaws', 'It', and 'The Stand'.
    1niceguy4u 1niceguy4u
    51-55, M
    Nov 6, 2015
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