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I Prefer the Book to the Movie

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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...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2012

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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...
    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...
    Lavenderweather2day Lavenderweather2day 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 15, 2013

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    I Generally Prefer the Book... - I generally prefer the book. I grew up loving to read and still do. I find books have a depth to them that is very hard to fully integrate into a...
    autumnmoon autumnmoon 41-45, F May 8, 2008

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 13, 2009

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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...
    DarkHeartLove DarkHeartLove 26-30, F Jul 30, 2012

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    I Do But Because the Book G... - I do but because the book gives you more, but I usually end up watching the movie in any case because I don't get the time to read much.
    Friendlybabe Friendlybabe 31-35, F May 8, 2008

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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...
    shookground shookground 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 25, 2012

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    Yes, But - I generally prefer the book, though I love to re-read books and if I've seen the movie, I can imagine the characters more easily. I try to read the book before and...
    WaitingFor WaitingFor 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 4, 2008

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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...
    sighimnotgoodwithnames sighimnotgoodwithnames 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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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...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F Jul 11, 2008

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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...
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 30, 2008

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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...
    Wallygator64 Wallygator64 46-50, M Dec 6, 2011

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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...
    Awanputih Awanputih 18-21 3 Responses May 6, 2013

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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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    I Have Never.. - To my knowledge I have never seen a movie that was better then the book. To be honest even those movies that then had a novelization come out after the fact, the...
    TheFabulousKilljoy TheFabulousKilljoy 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 15, 2011

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    The Books Are Always Better - they can go into more detail than the latest cgi can't its all in your imagination
    wotaloser wotaloser 36-40, M 2 Responses Jun 23, 2011

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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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    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...
    crafterkim crafterkim 18-21, F Feb 13, 2012

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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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    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...
    outercalm outercalm 46-50, M Mar 15, 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 16-17, F 2 Responses Jul 19, 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...
    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...
    dontyouwish dontyouwish 13-15, F Feb 22, 2013

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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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    It's Obvious - The book inspires the movie in 99.99% of the cases, so obviously the book is a master piece first off. In movies, a lot of details get overlooked that contributed a...
    EmiliaR124 EmiliaR124 18-21, F Aug 14, 2011

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    Most of the Time - Nine out of ten times the author of a book has a BETTER, sequence of events, detailed account, and DEFINATELY a better ending! WHY does Holly Wood...
    emerald emerald 36-40, F 4 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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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...
    Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 6 Responses Feb 27, 2009

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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...
    Lesbianheart Lesbianheart 36-40, F Dec 24, 2013

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    A Census Taker Once Tried To Test Me... - I can't count how many times I've said this. There's quite a few books turned movie out there and it never fails, that the movie sucks to...
    Merenrave Merenrave 26-30, F Sep 22, 2011

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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...
    kleisse kleisse 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2009

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    Book Are Better Then The Movie - There are movies that I would rather read the book. Harry Potter and Princess Bride. I would suggest that people read the book Princess Bride. I...
    ac1986 ac1986 26-30, F Aug 28, 2011

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    The Worst Thing I Have Ever Seen... - ...is the movie "Message in a Bottle". I don't remember the details of the book or the movie at the moment. But I remember that they...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 14, 2008

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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...
    starman5000 starman5000 41-45, M 1 Response Jun 26, 2012

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 6, 2012

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    Books Are Better For Sure :) - Books such as the Harry Potter Series and Nicholas Sparks Novels hold a lot more details than the movies. Sometimes they take out or rearrange a...
    mysticallyinvisible mysticallyinvisible 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 24, 2011

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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...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F May 4, 2013

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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...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F 1 Response Oct 18, 2012

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    Descriptive - Although movies are good....special effects, good story writing, wonderful actors. The book is where all these wonderful descriptive words and instances come together...
    Miluna Miluna 36-40, F Apr 6, 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...
    Randomguy22 Randomguy22 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 3, 2011

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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...
    aoutdouze aoutdouze 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 27, 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...
    Bufflan Bufflan 22-25, F 6 Responses Jun 2, 2010

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Oct 29, 2012

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    The Exception To The Rule - Typically book over movie with The Godfather being a clear exception.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 7, 2011

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    Always spoilers. The human race. A nuts horror movie. The concept. 80 people kidnapped, have to run for their lives, literally. There're a bunch of rules, and only one can win...
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    BOOKS, love em. Brings me to new worlds.
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    Paddington Bear, Dr Doolittle books. Read them all to my son as bedtime stories, and at some point, I hope to read them as a grandparent (the first time I have ever had that...
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    Im totally addicted I think, ive watched them all atleast 20 times. Its like no other movie could meet the imagination put into those books and films. Of course the books are...
    dixiecrystal1 dixiecrystal1 18-21, F Mar 26

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    Movies to me are like a second religion. I study them, read narrative structure books, screenwriting books, and movie reviews (I write a few on my blog as well! :) ) Movies are...
    Whoami30 Whoami30 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 24