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I Prefer the Book to the Movie

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    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 13-15, F Feb 23, 2015

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    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 1 Response Nov 5, 2015

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    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

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    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

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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 2 Responses Aug 24, 2012

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    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.
    burgh712009 burgh712009 41-45, M 1 Response Nov 5, 2015

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    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

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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 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2014

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    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
    aby2015 aby2015 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    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 36-40, F 4 Responses 4 days ago

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    I'm absolutely in love with the purple man.

    If only fiction were reality.
    Perfectdreamingskull Perfectdreamingskull 22-25, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    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 16-17, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    I can't think of a single movie

    that is an exception to this rule. The book is always better, or so it tends to be.
    theotherusernamesweretaken theotherusernamesweretaken 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 6, 2015

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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 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 18, 2014

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    My friends call me crazy

    for preferring the book to the movie.
    TeresaChanaki TeresaChanaki 13-15, F 5 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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    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

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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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    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

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    What about hunger games.

    . books are wayyy better than the movie...
    Eloise123 Eloise123 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 5, 2015

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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

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    9 out of 10 times it's a given ain't it?

    There's always that 1 novel that the on screen version is actually better. I've reached the point that when I do read so and so novel will be turned into a film I inwardly groan and wonder just how badly will they ruin a great novel. No million dollar actor or ball busting...
    SugarPlumDreams SugarPlumDreams 31-35, F Nov 5, 2015

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    whitesunshine87 whitesunshine87 51-55, F 2 Responses Nov 6, 2015

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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 1 Response Mar 19, 2014

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F Aug 26, 2014

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    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...
    nunos nunos 51-55, M 2 Responses Sep 17, 2015

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    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

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    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

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    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

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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.
    Airlangga Airlangga 22-25 3 Responses May 6, 2013

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    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 41-45, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2015

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    sabzzzz sabzzzz 18-21, F Nov 6, 2015

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    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

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    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 41-45, F Jul 13, 2015

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    imlivingbutdead imlivingbutdead 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 6, 2015

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    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

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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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    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 4 Responses Oct 21, 2015

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    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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    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.
    justonelk justonelk 31-35, F Nov 6, 2015

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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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    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

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    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

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    Old or new a movie with an off story is something I can relate to i guess.
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