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I Prefer the Book to the Movie

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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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    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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    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 22-25, F Aug 27, 2013

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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 13-15, F Oct 18, 2014

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    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 46-50, M Oct 12, 2014

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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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    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

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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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    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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    adesed adesed 18-21, F Apr 19, 2014

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    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F Aug 26, 2014

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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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    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 5 Responses Jun 2, 2010

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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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    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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    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 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 19, 2012

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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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    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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    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.
    jmanu86 jmanu86 26-30, M Mar 18

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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

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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...
    SofaKing9000 SofaKing9000 31-35, M 1 Response Jan 16, 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 1 Response Jun 22

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 22-25, F May 4, 2013

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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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    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

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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

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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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    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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    My friends call me crazy

    for preferring the book to the movie.
    TeresaChanaki TeresaChanaki 13-15, F 4 Responses Oct 11, 2014

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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

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Mar 18, 2014

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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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